Hamilton leads the Red Bulls in second Hungary practice

by Paul Hensby

Lewis Hamilton continued to set the pace at the Hungaroring as he led the way in the second free practice session on Friday afternoon.

The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS driver and reigning World Drivers’ Champion set a best time of 1m23.949s on the soft Pirelli tyre to beat Infiniti Red Bull Racing duo Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo.

Kvyat was an impressive second, 0.351s shy of Hamilton’s time, while team-mate Ricciardo was a further 0.151s back.

The Australian’s afternoon was cut short however when the Renault power unit on his Red Bull seemed to expire with twenty minutes still on the clock, although this will not mean another penalty for Ricciardo as it was an old engine and he has a useable engine to put in for the remainder of the weekend.

Nico Rosberg could not match his Mercedes team-mates pace, ending the session only fourth, 0.719s, while Kimi Raikkonen was fifth in the leading Scuderia Ferrari, more than half a second and two places ahead of team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

Separating the two Ferrari drivers was the leading Scuderia Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz Jr, while Fernando Alonso gave McLaren-Honda a boost by posting the eighth quickest time of the session, albeit 1.803s back from the ultimate pace set by Hamilton.

Completing the top ten in the afternoon were the two Williams Martini Racing drivers, with Valtteri Bottas ahead of Felipe Massa by just 0.039s, while Max Verstappen just missed out on the top ten in the second Toro Rosso by just 0.015s.

Jenson Button was twelfth in the second McLaren, ahead of the leading Lotus of Pastor Maldonado, while Felipe Nasr, freshly confirmed to remain with the Sauber F1 Team in 2016, was fourteenth.

The second Lotus of Romain Grosjean was fifteenth ahead of the second Sauber of Marcus Ericsson, while Roberto Merhi, who stepped back into the Manor F1 Team car for the session after allowing Fabio Leimer track time in FP1, beat team-mate Will Stevens to seventeenth.

Following Sergio Perez’s spectacular crash in the opening session after an apparent suspension failure pitched him into the barrier, the Sahara Force India team decided to skip FP2 while they investigated the cause of the problem. Neither Perez nor team-mate Nico Hulkenberg ventured onto the track as a result.

Hungaroring Free Practice 2 Result

144Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes1m23.949s
226Daniil KvyatRUSRed Bull-Renault1m24.300s
33Daniel RicciardoAUSRed Bull-Renault1m24.451s
46Nico RosbergGERMercedes1m24.668s
57Kimi RaikkonenFINFerrari1m25.134s
655Carlos Sainz JrESPToro Rosso-Renault1m25.599s
75Sebastian VettelGERFerrari1m25.660s
814Fernando AlonsoESPMcLaren-Honda1m25.752s
977Valtteri BottasFINWilliams-Mercedes1m25.881s
1019Felipe MassaBRZWilliams-Mercedes1m25.920s
1133Max VerstappenNEDToro Rosso-Renault1m25.935s
1222Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren-Honda1m25.994s
1313Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus-Mercedes1m26.090s
1412Felipe NasrBRZSauber-Ferrari1m26.379s
158Romain GrosjeanFRALotus-Mercedes1m26.442s
169Marcus EricssonSWESauber-Ferrari1m26.831s
1798Roberto MerhiESPManor-Ferrari1m29.113s
1828Will StevensGBRManor-Ferrari1m29.115s
1911Sergio PerezMEXForce India-MercedesNo Time
2027Nico HulkenbergGERForce India-MercedesNo Time

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