Hungarian GP: Mercedes 1-2 in 2nd practice

Lewis Hamilton has dominated the Hungaroring for years. Every driver has their best track, and the Hungaroring is that track for Hamilton. Hamilton led both sessions Friday ahead of his Mercedes teammate

Vettel, who was 4th in the morning, held on to end up the best non-Mercedes in third overall, six tenths off the pace and three tenths up on Fernando Alonso.

McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen was fifth fastest ahead of Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen, with Ricciardo sliding to seventh.

Tire struggles tainted Kimi Raikkonen's Friday practice sessions at the Hungarian Grand Prix but the Finn is hoping he can solve his issues using the data Ferrari gathered.

Raikkonen was happy with the soft tire and set the sixth fastest time, but said he struggled on the mediums, which are likely to be the tire drivers spend least time on during Sunday's race.

"In the afternoon, I went out for a second run on the medium tires, because the behavior of this compound seemed worse as the temperature went up and that affected the handling of the car, while on the soft I had no problems," he said.

"In the second part of the session I did a race simulation with both compounds: unfortunately when I fitted the mediums I had a problem with the left rear and I had to pit earlier than planned. The telemetry didn't show any problem on the car, so I hope that the data will point us in the right direction for the next two days."

Engineering director Pat Fry is not expecting Ferrari to find a big step forward this weekend.

The performance level over short and long runs are similar to those seen in recent races and it looks like being a very tough weekend," he said. "Overtaking opportunities are strictly limited and so, more than elsewhere, you need to get the best possible result in qualifying."


Pos Driver Team Time Behind Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m24.482s +0.000s 38
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m24.720s +0.238s 38
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m25.111s +0.629s 33
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m25.437s +0.955s 26
5 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m25.580s +1.098s 34
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m25.730s +1.248s 30
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m25.983s +1.501s 29
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m25.999s +1.517s 37
9 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m26.234s +1.752s 33
10 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m26.402s +1.920s 18
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m26.689s +2.207s 42
12 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m26.703s +2.221s 37
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m26.789s +2.307s 39
14 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m26.919s +2.437s 41
15 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m27.013s +2.531s 39
16 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m27.019s +2.537s 40
17 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m27.021s +2.539s 14
18 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m27.480s +2.998s 32
19 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m28.370s +3.888s 35
20 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m28.469s +3.987s 26
21 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m28.586s +4.104s 35
22 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m29.036s +4.554s 34

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