HUNGARORING, July 25, 2014 (F1plus/Katie Grimmett).- Lewis Hamilton can claim the bragging rights going into qualifying tomorrow after topping time sheets during second practice at the Hungaroring this afternoon.
Hamilton and his team mate Rosberg maintained their FP1 pace with the 2008 champion getting the better off this year’s title leader. The dominant Mercedes duo produced commanding lap times on the soft tyre compound. Despite Rosberg complaining of engine damage, the championship contenders were separated by just two tenths-of -a-second at the close of Friday running.
Meanwhile, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel was the best of the rest in third. The four time champion is yet to secure a victory at the historic Hungarian circuit but has shown encouraging one lap pace in the past. The German was a further half a second faster than the next placed man, Fernando Alonso.
Ferrari’s Alonso told gathered press yesterday that his Ferrari was unlikely to improve before the summer break. The Spaniard, who was third fastest during last week’s free practice, greeted the chequered flag three tenths ahead of his team mate Kimi Raikkonen.
Kevin Magnussen was the highest placed rookie in fifth, closely followed by the fastest-finishing duo of Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo in the second Red Bull. Meanwhile, Valterri Bottas was notably faster than his fellow Williams racer Felipe Massa. The Finn continued to improve on his times throughout the session but remained eighth fastest.
Now the most experienced driver on the grid, Jenson Button was the slowest world champion in the field. The 2009 victor matched his FP2 result from last year for ninth, three tenths adrift of his team mate.
After several spins and near misses into the grave bed in the early stages, Felipe Massa completed the top ten in the second Williams, closely followed by the Toro Rosso pairing of Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne.
Nico Hulkenberg was the early leader until the top teams began their charge. The German was thirteenth fastest at the end of Friday practice whilst Sauber’s Adrian Sutil left the back-markers in his wake for fourteenth.
Sergio Perez’s VJM07 was the slowest of the Mercedes powered models in fifteenth, followed by the Lotus duo. Romain Grosjean suffered a water system issue this morning but still enjoyed a consistent run in the afternoon. After pitting again this afternoon, the Frenchman settled for seventeenth.
An oil leak to the exhaust of Max Chilton curtailed his FP1 running in the early stages. However, Marussia mechanics were able to fix his car with the British racer ultimately down in twenty-first at the end of second practice. The British racer complained of ill-fated tyres throughout the session.
The times for this session:
|3||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:25.111||0.629||33|
|7||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:25.983||1.501||29|
|13||27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||1:26.789||2.307||39|
|15||11||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||1:27.013||2.531||39|