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Red Bulls dominate second practice in Hungary

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber topped the times in the second Free Practice session for this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix
Friday, July 26, 2013

July 26th, 2013 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - Practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix has been all about Red Bull, as Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber have now topped both Friday practice sessions. In FP2, it was Vettel ahead of Webber, as in FP1 this morning, but this time it was the Lotus of Romain Grosjean that came through third.

The relative form of the teams is becoming a little more clear now that both tyre compounds have been used. Red Bull are looking most competitive, but are not too far ahead of Lotus and Ferrari. Mercedes seem to have dropped back a little bit since the German Grand Prix, which is reasonable after they were barred from last week's Young Driver Test for taking part in a "secret" tyre test with Pirelli earlier in the season.

The session proceeded without incident. All of the cars were reliable and the drivers sufficiently accurate to avoid major mishaps. The only close shave of the session came when Kimi Raikkonen, on a hot lap, tried to pass Jenson Button (on a slow lap) into the final corner of the track. Button appeared to not have seen the Lotus behind him, and duly turned into the corner without leaving Raikkonen any space. Raikkonen reacted well to avoid contact and carried on for another few laps before pitting, presumably on schedule.

FP2 saw the first appearance of the soft tyre this weekend - only the hard compound was used in FP1. There seems to be quite a large performance gap between the tyre compounds, perhaps as much as a second, although it's difficult to tell precise differences without knowing the fuel loads used on each set of tyres. The soft tyre will certainly be the tyre of choice for qualifying throughout the field, and possibly for all three sessions, even for the quicker teams that can normally make it through Q1 on the harder of the two compounds.

Full results from FP2:

Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:21.264   34
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:21.308 0.044 42
3 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:21.417 0.153 40
4 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:21.426 0.162 34
5 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:21.544 0.280 37
6 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:21.802 0.538 42
7 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:21.991 0.727 40
8 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:22.011 0.747 32
9 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:22.180 0.916 41
10 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:22.304 1.040 41
11 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:22.526 1.262 39
12 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:22.529 1.265 37
13 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:22.781 1.517 36
14 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:22.837 1.573 42
15 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:22.841 1.577 39
16 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:23.369 2.105 34
17 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:23.411 2.147 41
18 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:23.646 2.382 34
19 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:24.325 3.061 38
20 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:25.065 3.801 36
21 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:25.143 3.879 39
22 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:26.647 5.383 33

 

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