For the second time today, Lewis Hamilton topped the time sheets for a free practice session at the Hungaroring. With a lap time of 1:24:482, Lewis took the top spot 0.238 seconds ahead of Nico Rosberg.
Come the start of FP2, Max Chilton was the first driver to venture out into the sun. Following his extremely limited running in this mornings session, he had a lot of catch up work to carry out. Being the first driver out on track, Chilton also set the opening time of the session, a 1:34:426.
Vettel was pushing hard early on in the session, sending his name to the top of the time sheets with a 1:26:949. On that particular lap it was clear to see just how hard Vettel was pushing in his Red Bull, as on the exit of turn thirteen he drifted wide and had to fight to regain control of his car to prevent a larger incident.
But his efforts to go top were soon meaningless as the Mercedes duo regained their positions. Hamilton improved on his personal best lap time to take the top spot with a 1:26:225, over seven tenths of a second better than Vettel. As for Rosberg, he slotted into second place with a 1:26:547.
The first driver of the weekend to leave the pits on the soft compound tyres was Nico Hulkenberg in his Force India. Whilst on the medium compound tyres his best lap was a 1:28:3 but soon made a large improvement on that on the fresh rubber, setting a 1:26:789. A gain of over one second and allowed him to take third position.
Following in Hulkenberg’s footsteps, the Red Bull duo and Valtteri Bottas were soon out on track with the soft tyres attached. For Ricciardo, he initially took the fastest lap of the session as he broke into the 1:25’s with a 1:25:983. But his lap time was soon smashed by his team-mate as Vettel recorded a 1:25:111.
When it came to the Mercedes drivers and their flying laps on the soft compound tyres there were no surprises as the two regained the top spots. Nico was the first of their pair to improve as he set a 1:24:720 to lower the best time set by Vettel. As for lewis, he took a few laps more than Rosberg before setting a competitive time following a lock up at turn 2. But when he eventually set a competitive time, he took the top spot with a 1:24:513 and soon improved further when setting a 1:24:482. Just over two tenths better than his team-mates.
Going into the final half hour of the session the long run stints were well underway. For Hulkenberg, he was carrying out running whilst lifting and coasting. Potentially experimenting running less fuel on board ahead of the race.
As for Rosberg, whilst carrying out his long runs Mercedes were experimenting using fourth gear for turn one. It soon was no longer the case however, as the team informed the driver he needed to use a lower gear as it was “too much for the engine”. After some more running on the soft compound tyres, Nico was able to complete 12 laps before claiming “the tyres are finished” and swiftly switched to the mediums.
But come the chequered flag, Lewis’ earlier lap time was unchallenged courtesy of the long runs and the Brit made it two from two for fastest laps in free practice sessions at the Hungarian Grand Prix. The Williams pair improved in FP2 compared to their FP1 performances, with both drivers breaking into the top 10 this afternoon. However, Bottas in eighth was still 1.5 seconds behind Lewis.
|3||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:25.111||0.629||33|
|7||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:25.983||1.501||29|
|13||27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||1:26.789||2.307||39|
|15||11||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||1:27.013||2.531||39|