Brendon Hartley is growing more comfortable in his place at motorsport's top table.
Fresh from his second Formula 1 point at the German Grand Prix last weekend, Hartley's now expressed his frustration at cars not as fast as his.
Hartley could be heard over the Toro Rosso radio in free practice describing in no uncertain terms his thoughts of former world champion Fernando Alonso's car.
"Mate, these McLarens are f***ed," Hartley said to his team.
Formula 1 commentator David Croft paraphrased those comments for the television audience after hearing them.
"Brendon thinks Fernando is getting in the way," he said.
In a sport where egos are as common as kids in a candy store, it seems Hartley is playing the game.
Now starting to talk the talk, Hartley will be hoping he can walk the walk as he searches for another rare Formula 1 point this weekend at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
"It was a pretty clean day, and in general I would say it was a good start to the weekend," Hartley said after the opening two practice sessions in Budapest.
"It looks like we are definitely more competitive than in the previous couple of races and this is positive."
The Kiwi was half a second behind teammate Pierre Gasly and says he will look to maximise everything before free practice and qualifying on Saturday evening (NZT).