Fernando Alonso says that "McLaren looks very strong" after setting the second fastest time to Lewis Hamilton during Friday practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

11200 - McLaren 'very strong' - Alonso

Alonso completed 40 laps in the second practice session as Ferrari carried out an extensive program in the afternoon, with team-mate Felipe Massa completing the same amount of laps. Having clocked up so many miles Alonso said it was crucial to analyse the tyre degradation ahead of the race on Sunday.

"We finished the planned work programme and that's always a positive start to a race weekend. Now we will analyse all the data gathered and make the best choices for qualifying and the race. I am pleased I was able to do so much running, especially from the point of view of studying the tyre degradation, which at this track is always a significant factor. The track is still very dirty, as is the norm for a Friday at the Hungaroring: however, we know it will improve each day and by Sunday afternoon, it will be much more rubbered in than today."

Alonso finished second to Hamilton in Germany, and with the McLaren topping the timesheets at the end of both sessions he said it was clear that it would be in the fight for victory once again, while Ferrari needs to find more time.

"We saw that McLaren looks very strong, as indeed it was last weekend. Now we must try and improve the car, especially in the third sector of the track, where we seem to be suffering more than most."