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Vettel fastest for Ferrari at wet Hungaroring

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Credit: Scuderia Ferrari Media

After the dry first practice session this morning at the Hungaroring, it was time to swap the slick tyres for wets as the two and and a half hour break brought nothing but a deluge of rain. The session started as normal after the safety car deemed it safe to do so, and unsurprisingly it was Scuderia AlphaTauri‘s Pierre Gasly that ventured out on to the sodden track after missing the entirety of the first session this morning due to a technical issue.

And it wasn’t until 20 minutes had passed until we got some representative running, with Sergio Pérez lapping the track alone for BWT Racing Point. The Mexican is under the spotlight at the moment in the paddock, with rumours swirling around of a shuffle to the driver lineup at the Silverstone based squad for when Aston Martin take over the team for 2021. His team mate Lance Stroll soon followed as the team were likely looking for some wet wether running in case the forecasted rain appears on Sunday.

It was very quiet for the middle 30 minutes of the session and then Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon come out on the intermediate tyres for the Renault Sport Formula 1 Team, but it appeared to be too wet. Charles Leclerc was the first to emerge for Scuderia Ferrari on the full wet tyre closely followed by his team mate Sebastian Vettel, with the team from Maranello appearing to make a small gain this weekend based on Friday’s running so far.

With less than half an hour to go, the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team of Valtteri Bottas made his intentions clear and was immediately quick in the wet conditions to set a time within a couple of tenths of Vettel’s benchmark time at the first time of asking, outlining the instant strength of the Mercedes.

But with the track conditions not improving and the chequered flag coming out to signal the end of the session, it was Sebastian Vettel that set the fastest time ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Carlos Sainz Jr. as only 12 cars set a lap time. Lewis Hamilton only did an installation lap in the latter half of the session, not feeling the need to risk the machinery ahead of predicted drier conditions tomorrow.

Free Practice 2 Classification

15Sebastian VettelGERScuderia Ferrari1:40.46412
277Valtteri BottasFINMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team1:40.7360.272s5
355Carlos Sainz Jr.ESPMcLaren F1 Team1:41.784+1.320s6
418Lance StrollCANBWT Racing Point Formula One Team1:42.380+1.916s6
511Sergio PérezMEXBWT Racing Point Formula One Team1:42.470+2.006s5
610Pierre GaslyFRAScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1:42.588+2.124s7
733Max VerstappenNEDAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:42.820+2.356s4
88Romain GrosjeanFRAHaas F1 Team1:43.335+2.871s6
97Kimi RäikkönenFINAlfa Romeo Racing1:43.471+3.007s16
1016Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari1:43.725+3.261s10
1199Antonio GiovinazziITAAlfa Romeo Racing1:44.411+3.947s9
124Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team1:46.000+5.536s5
1326Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1:47.422+6.958s7
1431Esteban OconFRARenault DP World F1 Team1
153Daniel RicciardoAUSRenault DP World F1 Team1
1644Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team1
176Nicholas LatifiCANWilliams Racing2
1863George RussellGBRWilliams Racing2
1923Alexander AlbonTHAAston Martin Red Bull Racing3
2020Kevin MagnussenDENHaas F1 Team1
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