#16 Ferrari of Charles Leclerc in practice for the 2023 Hungarian GP.

F1: Leclerc tops 2nd Practice for Hungarian GP

In a session that saw drivers testing various race strategies, Charles Leclerc turned the fastest lap in his #16 Ferrari to top Practice 2 for the Hungarian GP.

–by Mark Cipolloni–

Leclerc’s lap of 1m17.686s  nipped the McLaren of Lando Norris by just 0.015s.

Pierre Gasly was 3rd for Alpine, 0.232s behind the Ferrari.

Yuki Tsunoda in the AlphaTauri and Esteban Ocon in the 2nd Alpine rounded out the top-5.

Red Bull remain an unknown – are they going to be as dominant here as they have been elsewhere? The good news for the team is that Perez got out relatively swiftly after wadding up his Red Bull in FP1, managing 13 laps in the end.

Championship leader Max Verstappen was only 11th, but he ran the same set of soft tires the entire session and his car appeared to be laden with fuel.

“Difficult to say anything about upgrades after this day, we will check the data later to see if the correlation is correct,” said Verstappen.

“The session was mainly about saving tires with an eye on the format of qualifying. We have to see how we can improve that because I don’t think this is how it [Q1, Q2 and Q3 tire allocation requirements] should be.”

Similarly, the two Mercedes drivers spent the entire session working on race setups.

Fernando Alonso was 8th and said afterward, “It was a mixed day with some rain and windy conditions at the Hungaroring.

“We lost time in FP1 and didn’t get much track time in, but it was the same for everyone. I think we maximized FP2 and collected a lot of useful data, particularly in preparation for race conditions.

“Generally, I am quite happy with today, and we’ll see what we can do tomorrow in qualifying with hopefully dry conditions.”

Looking ahead to FP3 tomorrow morning, one last hour where the indications are most teams will focus on single lap pace. Then comes qualifying, with those mandatory tire allocations in play.

Practice 2 Results

1 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:17.686 +0.000s 20
2 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:17.701 +0.015s 30
3 10 Pierre Gasly ALPINE RENAULT 1:17.918 +0.232s 26
4 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:17.934 +0.248s 31
5 31 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 1:18.045 +0.359s 30
6 27 Nico Hulkenberg HAAS FERRARI 1:18.058 +0.372s 29
7 77 Valtteri Bottas ALFA ROMEO FERRARI 1:18.085 +0.399s 29
8 14 Fernando Alonso ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 1:18.105 +0.419s 32
9 24 Zhou Guanyu ALFA ROMEO FERRARI 1:18.108 +0.422s 31
10 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 1:18.182 +0.496s 20
11 1 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:18.279 +0.593s 18
12 18 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 1:18.319 +0.633s 33
13 23 Alexander Albon WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:18.377 +0.691s 32
14 3 Daniel Ricciardo ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:18.385 +0.699s 30
15 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:18.504 +0.818s 27
16 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:18.746 +1.060s 28
17 2 Logan Sargeant WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:18.836 +1.150s 30
18 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:18.978 +1.292s 14
19 81 Oscar Piastri MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:19.117 +1.431s 18
20 63 George Russell MERCEDES 1:19.175 +1.489s 23
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