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Vettel Pips Red Bull To Top Second Practice At The Hungaroring

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Sebastian Vettel - Hungarian Grand Prix - F1
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Sebastian Vettel topped the timing sheets in Free Practice 2 at the Hungaroring with the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing cars sitting just behind him ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The German set a laptime of 1.16.834 as he attempts to bounce back from crashing out of the German Grand Prix last weekend.

Daniel Ricciardo was quickest in Free Practice 1 but had to settle for third fastest behind Vettel and team-mate Max Verstappen but the Red Bull’s continue to look strong this weekend.

The second Scuderia Ferrari of Kimi Räikkönen was fourth ahead of the two Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport with Lewis Hamilton ahead of Valtteri Bottas with the latter over a second slower than Vettel.

Romain Grosjean was the best of the rest in seventh, only two tenths of a second shy of Bottas, with the Renault Sport Formula One Team of Carlos Sainz Jr. eighth.

Pierre Gasly was ninth fastest with fellow Frenchman Esteban Ocon rounding out the top ten as eleventh fastest Sergio Pérez and fifteenth placed Brendon Hartley were separated by less than a tenth of a second suggesting the midfield could be as tight as usual this weekend.

The two Haas F1 Team cars were the first one out in the afternoon sun in Hungary before Marcus Ericsson continued to have trouble with his Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team as he spun again.

The Swedish driver was not the only driver having problems keeping the car on the road as Hamilton ran wide at turn four before Pérez headed onto the run off area at the last corner.

Grosjean had a strong day in the Haas but his team-mate Kevin Magnussen struggled and reported problems over the team radio.

Nico Hülkenberg had stopped during the morning session with an engine issue but the German made an appearance midway through the session as his Renault team fixed the issue.

Stoffel Vandoorne continued to struggle as he had a big spin on the exit of turn four but the Ferrari of Vettel had no such issues as he finished Friday on the front foot.

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