Massa predicts tyres will play a big part in Hungarian Grand Prix

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Ferrari’s Felipe Massa reckons tyres strategy will play a big part in deciding the outcome of the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend.

He’s expecting a tight battle between the top three teams after the top five drivers were separated by just over 0.5s in Friday practice.

The Ferrari driver reckons there will be little to choose between the front runners in qualifying and is expecting tyre strategy to be the defining factor when it comes to the race on Sunday.

Massa said: “We got through a lot of work, especially in terms of comparing the two Pirelli tyres. The first signs are that degradation is significant, both on the prime and the option, which will be a decisive factor when it comes to strategy.

“I think we will witness a very close contest between the usual three teams, Red Bull, McLaren and ourselves. It will be not be easy to get a useful grid position, but it will be very important to do so, because I think that, despite everything, overtaking at this track will still be very difficult.”

He also stressed that his best lap today didn’t do justice to Ferrari’s true potential. “I was not able to do a quick time on my first lap with the supersoft, because I ran wide at Turn 9, so today’s lap time is not totally representative of the potential at my disposal,” he explained.

“The tyres degrade easily so you have to give it your best immediately.”

Alex Kapadia, Operations Team

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