Hamilton again on top at Hungaroring
Lewis Hamilton was once again the fastest at Hungaroring as he set the best lap time in the second Free practice of Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix.
During friday’s second session, Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes confirmed his dominant position, however this time his main rivals were Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo. Both Force India drivers missed the Free practice session 2 as the team decided not to take any risks after Sergio Perez’s crash during the first Free practice.
As was the case in the earlier session, Hamilton was the fastest after 30 minutes with a lap time 1:25.613, some 0.4 second better than Daniel Ricciardo and 0.5 seconds faster than his team mate Nico Rosberg. Red Bull confirmed that their cars are on the good way of improvement as Daniil Kvyat was fourth at the moment with a gap of 0.7 seconds.
Just after the start of the second third of the session, Kimi Raikkonen set new fastest lap (1:25.134), while Carlos Sainz moved up to second. But, soon after Mercedes went back to the track, everything changed.
Hamilton again went to the top with 1:23.949, Kvyat was second with a gap of 0.3 seconds, leaving Rosberg third some 0.7 seconds behind. Sebastian Vettel struggled again and the former champion spun off at Turn 12 in the middle of the session, but quickly got back to the track. Vettel spun again in the final minutes, this time at Turn 1; the German was for sure nor very happy with his performance.
Going into the last 30 minutes of the practice, Hamilton was still at the top followed by the two Red Bulls, while Rosberg dropped to fourth. It looked like we were in store for quite a boring session, but all this was to change 20 minutes before the end when Daniel Ricciardo parked his car at the inside of Turn 11 with smoke spewing from its rear and practice was halted for few minutes.
Interestingly, the results and standings remained unchanged in the last half hour, so Hamilton proved he is in good shape. Kvyat and Ricciardo were second and third respectively, while Rosberg was fourth. Kimi Raikkonen had the fifth best result beating Carlos Sainz and his team mate Sebastian Vettel. Fernando Alonso in McLaren was eighth ahead of Williams’ pair Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa.
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