Rosberg tops FP2 in Hungary as Hamilton crashes out

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Nico Rosberg topped the time sheets in the second practice session of the Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, but Lewis Hamilton ended his session early with a crash at turn eleven.

Rosberg set a fastest lap time of 1:20.435 to finish the session ahead of Red Bull Racing’s Ricciardo, improving on the time set by Hamilton in the opening practice session on Friday morning at the Hungaroring by 0.912 seconds.

Behind Ricciardo was the Scuderia Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel who finished the session in third ahead of the second Red Bull of Max Verstappen.

Verstappen finished the session with a time of 1:21.770, improving on his morning session time by 1.687 seconds. Surprisingly behind the Dutch was Lewis Hamilton in fifth, the Brit only completed four laps of the Hungaroring before crashing into the tyre wall at Turn 11.

He was able to drive the car back to the pits where Mercedes AMG PETRONAS checked over the car. The session was momentarily red flagged as the marshals had to reassemble the tyre wall after the incident, while Hamilton was checked over in the medical centre and given the all clear.

Before the incident, Hamilton was top of the time sheets with a time only 0.001 seconds ahead of Rosberg, but when the session restarted, Rosberg posted a time of 1:20.435, 1.525 seconds ahead of Hamilton’s time.

Behind Hamilton was the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen, who finished the session in sixth ahead of the first McLaren-Honda of Fernando Alonso.  In between sessions, McLaren changed Alonso’s power unit after noticing a potential issue developing on his car.

The second McLaren of Jenson Button finished the session with a time of 1:22.387 to finish in eighth ahead of the Sahara Force India of Nico Hulkenberg.

Sergio Perez finished only two tenths behind his team-mate Hulkenberg to complete the top ten in Free Practice 2. After allowing Charles Leclerc to participate in FP1 for Haas F1 Team, Esteban Gutierrez took the wheel of the VF-16 for FP2, finishing the session just outside the top ten in eleventh with a time of 1:22.673. Behind him was Felipe Massa for Williams Martini Racing who improved only a little from his FP1 session.

Carlos Sainz Jr finished the session in thirteenth, improving from his morning session time by nearly two tenths of a second for Scuderia Toro Rosso. Sainz is currently under investigation for crossing the line at the pit entry. His FP2 was cut short for the Spaniard after he parked his car at Turn 1 after he reported that there was an issue with “something at the rear”.

Valtteri Bottas set a fastest lap time of 1:22.773 to finish the session down in fourteenth. with the Finn also currently under investigation as he failed to keep to the right of the pit lane bollard on pit entry.

After a successful FP1 where he finished in ninth, Romain Grosjean was unable to continue this form into FP2, finishing the session in fifteenth, just under two tenths slower than team-mate Gutierrez.

Daniil Kvyat finished his session in sixteenth for Toro Rosso ahead of the Renault Sport F1 of Kevin Magnussen. This was the first session for Magnussen at the Hungarian Grand Prix after reserve driver Esteban Ocon took the wheel of the RS16 during FP1, and he finished the session with a time of 1:23.347, ahead of the Sauber of Marcus Ericsson who finished the session in eighteenth.

Jolyon Palmer had a late start to FP2 after fuel pressure issues confined him to the garage for most of the session. The Briton was able to complete twelve laps for Renault with a fastest lap time of 1:23.528 to go nineteenth fastest.

Felipe Nasr had a disappointing session after he also had to pull off the circuit during the session. Coming into Turn 2 his Sauber slowed down and veered off the track, cutting across other cars. Including Sainz who spun at the same corner moment before Nasr did. Marshals had to push him down to the escape road, he finished the session with a fastest lap time of 1:23.986 to finish ahead of the Manor Racing duo.

Pascal Wehrlein set a lap time of 1:23.992 to go ahead of Rio Haryanto. improving on from his morning session. Haryanto had a difficult session after a few spins caused him to loose valuable time.

Hungarian Grand Prix Free Practice 2 Result

16Nico RosbergGERMercedes1:20.43545
23Daniel RicciardoAUSRed Bull-Tag Heuer1:21.03036
35Sebastian VettelGERFerrari1:21.34831
433Max VerstappenNEDRed Bull-Tag Heuer1:21.77035
544Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes1:21.9604
67Kimi RaikkonenFINFerrari1:22.05846
714Fernando AlonsoESPMcLaren-Honda1:22.32821
822Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren-Honda1:22.38734
927Nico HulkenbergGERForce India-Mercedes1:22.44941
1011Sergio PerezMEXForce India-Mercedes1:22.65338
1121Esteban GutierrezMEXHaas-Ferrari1:22.67338
1219Felipe MassaBRZWilliams-Mercedes1:22.68139
1355Carlos Sainz JrESPToro Rosso-Renault1:22.68924
1477Valtteri BottasFINWilliams-Mercedes1:22.77338
158Romain GrosjeanFRAHaas-Ferrari1:22.86428
1626Daniil KvyatRUSToro Rosso-Renault1:22.94843
1720Kevin MagnussenDNKRenault1:23.34741
189Marcus EricssonSWESauber-Ferrari1:23.43736
1930Jolyon PalmerGBRRenault1:23.52812
2012Felipe NasrBRZSauber-Ferrari1:23.98631
2194Pascal WehrleinGERManor-Mercedes1:23.99222
2288Rio HaryantoINOManor-Mercedes1:24.26536