Vettel flies in final Budapest practice

Vettel shows some muscle, but is Mercedes still sandbagging?
Vettel shows some muscle, but is Mercedes still sandbagging?

Points leader Sebastian Vettel buried everyone in final practice for Sunday's Hungarian GP in Budapest with a track record lap of 1m17.017s in his #5 Ferrari.

Vettel was a full 1/2 second faster than Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen and 9/10ths up on Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas.

4th was Max Verstappen in the Red Bull 1.1 sec. slower than Vettel while the 2nd Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton rounded out the top-5 1.4-secs behind.

From the start of the session Ferrari hit the front, by some margin and in some style – with Vettel's benchmark the fastest time we've ever seen at the Hungaroring.

Running the same supersoft tires as Vettel, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and the other Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton were over a second adrift of the German in fourth and fifth, while Friday pacesetter Daniel Ricciardo could only manage eighth after stopping with an apparent electronics issue after just seven laps.

Hamilton has 1.4 secs to make up in qualifying
Hamilton has 1.4 secs to make up in qualifying

McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne and Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg continued to impress as they respectively finished sixth and seventh, with their teammate’s Fernando Alonso and Jolyon Palmer completing the top ten.

In contrast to Friday’s sessions, there were relatively few off-track moments, with Haas’s Romain Grosjean the only spinner.

Williams’ Felipe Massa meanwhile, still feeling unwell after suffering symptoms in FP2 on Friday, climbed out of his car after just 12 laps, throwing his further participation this weekend into doubt.

The team have reserve driver Paul di Resta on standby should he be needed.

Practice 2 Results

1 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:17.017 +0.000s 17
2 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:17.492 +0.475s 16
3 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:17.914 +0.897s 15
4 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1:18.194 +1.177s 25
5 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:18.434 +1.417s 14
6 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Honda 1:18.638 +1.621s 18
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:18.699 +1.682s 20
8 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:18.714 +1.697s 7
9 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 1:18.884 +1.867s 14
10 30 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:18.956 +1.939s 19
11 55 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:19.300 +2.283s 22
12 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:19.352 +2.335s 22
13 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:19.455 +2.438s 23
14 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1:19.609 +2.592s 22
15 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:19.622 +2.605s 21
16 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:19.895 +2.878s 19
17 19 Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes 1:20.255 +3.238s 12
18 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:20.379 +3.362s 24
19 94 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber Ferrari 1:20.446 +3.429s 24
20 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1:20.748 +3.731s 19

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