Ricciardo’s Red Bull fastest in Free Practice 2

Daniel Ricciardo comes out on top in FP2 - Octane Photographic Ltd

In another session plagued by two red flags, it was the Red Bull Racing driver, Daniel Ricciardo who topped the timesheet – much like he did earlier today in Free Practice 1. Just behind him was Sebastian Vettel, who recovered from a mediocre first practice, where he finished sixth fastest.

The Mercedes AMG Petronas team didn’t appear to be up to their usual standard, with Valterri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton finishing third and fifth fastest respectively, split by Kimi Raikkonen. Hamilton struggled to put a lap together on the supersoft tyres, meaning that he wasn’t in contention to go fastest.

Unlike team-mate Ricciardo, Max Verstappen didn’t use the new update for his car and as a result only managed to finish sixth fastest, just ahead of an impressive Nico Hulkenberg in seventh.

One of the bigger surprises of the day was the driver who finished eighth, Fernando Alonso. The McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team expected Hungary to be a stronger circuit for them – it has few straights and requires less power over the course of the lap, something which suits the Honda engine that can be up to eighty horsepower down on the other power units. His team-mate, Stoffel Vandoorne had promising pace as well, finishing tenth, although he was not able to make it to the end of the session due to an unknown issue with the car. Ninth fastest was Carlos Sainz in the Scuderia Toro Rosso.

The Sahara Force India team were surprisingly anonymous throughout the session, finishing in eleventh and twelfth, which, in comparison to their performance earlier in the season is mediocre at best. Thirteenth fastest went to Daniil Kvyat.

Both Williams Martini Racing drivers, Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll appeared to struggle with the car during the session – with Massa spinning twice. The team didn’t look to be in the midfield fight, and instead were found towards the bottom of the table, sitting around fourteenth and fifteenth respectively for much of the session.

Renault Formula 1 Team‘s Jolyon Palmer didn’t make it to the end of the session, as, for the second time in the day, an error resulted in damage to the car. His pace before the incident had been relatively poor, with his fastest lap only leaving him in sixteenth position. This is particularly worrying for the Brit, who needs to perform this weekend, with the threat of Robert Kubica taking his seat becoming ever more present.

Kevin Magnussen didn’t get out until late in the session due to damage on his car from Free Practice 1, after reserve driver Antonio Giovanazzi crashed. Nevertheless, in seventeenth place, he was still faster than his team-mate Romain Grosjean in eighteenth, who strugglthroughoutout the session.

Pascal Wehrlein was also unable to complete the session after losing control and smashing into the wall at turn 11, causing huge amounts of damage to the car. Fortunately, the German driver seemed fine – but the Sauber F1 Team has a lot of work to do. The crash also brought out the red flag, which meant that the session was delayed by around five minutes. He finished in last place, just behind Marcus Ericsson in ninteenth.

Ricciardo appears to be the dominant force thus far this weekend, but, can he continue his run of good form into tomorrow and Sunday, or will there be a Mercedes resurgence?

13Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing1.18.455
25Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1.18.638
377Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team1.18.656
45Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1.18.755
544Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team1.18.779
633Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing1.18.951
727Nico HulkenbergRenault Sport Formula One Team1.19.714
814Fernando AlonsoMcLaren Honda Formula 1 Team1.19.815
955Carlos Sainz JrScuderia Toro Rosso1.19.834
102Stoffel VandorneMcLaren Honda Formula 1 Team1.19.909
1131Esteban OconSahara Force India F1 Team1.20.126
1211Sergio PerezSahara Force India F1 Team1.20.266
1326Daniil KvyatScuderia Toro Rosso1.20.577
1418Lance StrollWilliams Martini Racing1.20.791
1519Felipe MassaWilliams Martini Racing1.20.869
1630Jolyon PalmerRenault Sport Formula One Team1.21.175
1720Kevin MagnussenHaas-F1 Team1.21.345
188Romain GrosjeanHaas-F1 Team1.21.504
199Marcus EricssonSauber F1 Team1.21.559
2094Pascal WehrleinSauber F1 Team1.21.722