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Bottas leads a Mercedes 1-2 in second free practice at the Hungarian Grand Prix

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Valtteri Bottas finished on top of the time charts at the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring in Hungary in the second free practice session (FP2).

Lewis Hamilton was in second position, just 0.027 seconds behind his team-mate. Max Verstappen was 0.298 seconds behind in third position.

The eleventh race of the 2021 FIA Formula 1 World Championship is taking place in scorchingly hot conditions in Hungary

The sixty-minute long free practice session started under hot conditions with the air temperature at 32 degrees C and the track temperature at 58 degrees C.

The Pirelli tyre choice at this race is the white-striped hard compound tyres (C2), yellow-striped medium compound tyres (C3), and red-striped soft compound tyres (C4).

Carlos Sainz set the first timed lap with a time of 1m21.084s on the hard compound tyres. Charles Leclerc soon displaced him at top with a lap time of 1m19.654s on the medium compound tyres.

Bottas soon went under the 1m19s lap time with a 1m18.376s lap. Verstappen slotted into second position behind Bottas. But Hamilton on his second run on the medium compound tyres moved to the top of the time charts with a lap time of 1m18.140s.

With 45 minutes to go, drivers started bolting on the soft compound tyres to start the qualification simulation runs. Sebastian Vettel with a good lap went second on the time charts.

Team-mate Lance Stroll slotted into fourth position on his run. Pierre Gasly after a wretched weekend in Silverstone seemed to be in better form this weekend as he went to the top of the time charts.

Bottas on his flying lap was again in first position with Hamilton a mere 0.027 seconds slower in second position. Verstappen could slot into third position only even as he complained about the balance of the car.

With 20 minutes to go, all the drivers started their race simulation. Yuki Tsunoda who was in the garage as his car underwent repairs came out in the dying minutes of the session to set a timed lap.

So the session ended with the two Mercedes drivers on top of the time charts. Verstappen and team-mate Sergio Pérez were split by Esteban Ocon who was in a surprising fourth position on the time charts.

Team-mate Fernando Alonso was in seventh position on a good day for the Alpine F1 team. Gasly was in sixth position even as team-mate Tsunoda languished in seventeenth position.

Vettel and Stroll were in eighth and tenth position for the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team. Lando Norris was in ninth position, but team-mate Daniel Ricciardo could manage only thirteenth position.

The two Scuderia Ferrari drivers Leclerc and Sainz were in eleventh and twelfth positions respectively. Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi were in fourteenth and nineteenth position for the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN team.

George Russell was ahead of his team-mate Nicholas Latifi in fifteenth position. Mick Schumacher finished in eighteenth position even as Nikita Mazepin languished in last place for the Uralkali Haas F1 Team.

The teams struggled to come to terms with the hot conditions and the low grip track. With showers predicted for Saturday, the teams will hope for cooler conditions.

2021 Hungarian Grand Prix Free Practice 2 Results:

177Valtteri BottasFINMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team01:17.029
244Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team01:17.0+0.027s27
333Max VerstappenNEDRed Bull Racing01:17.3+0.298s24
431Esteban OconFRAAlpine F1 Team01:17.8+0.747s29
511Sergio PerezMEXRed Bull Racing01:17.8+0.812s23
610Pierre GaslyFRAScuderia AlphaTauri Honda01:18.1+1.101s31
714Fernando AlonsoESPAlpine F1 Team01:18.2+1.157s27
85Sebastian VettelGERAston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team01:18.2+1.216s31
94Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team01:18.3+1.301s25
1018Lance StrollCANAston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team01:18.3+1.308s30
1116Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari01:18.4+1.358s30
1255Carlos SainzESPScuderia Ferrari01:18.4+1.429s32
133Daniel RicciardoAUSMcLaren F1 Team01:18.7+1.725s26
147Kimi RäikkönenFINAlfa Romeo Racing ORLEN01:19.3+2.265s21
1563George RussellGBRWilliams Racing01:19.3+2.280s29
166Nicholas LatifiCANWilliams Racing01:19.5+2.467s30
1722Yuki TsunodaJAPScuderia AlphaTauri Honda01:19.7+2.659s3
1847Mick SchumacherGERUralkali Haas F1 Team01:19.8+2.805s29
1999Antonio GiovinazziITAAlfa Romeo Racing ORLEN01:20.2+3.174s28
209Nikita MazepinRAFUralkali Haas F1 Team01:21.9+4.869s28
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