F1 Hungarian GP Live Commentary and Updates - FP1 & FP2
By: Jake Boxall-Legge, Tom Howard
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09:11 That's all from us on the live blog today, but make sure you tune in tomorrow as we build up to qualifying with FP3 coverage from 11am BST, then qualifying at 2pm. See you then!
09:09 In case you missed any of the action, here's the full report from FP2: https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/f1-hungarian-gp-bottas-leads-mercedes-1-2-in-fp2/6639124/
09:09 While a potential thorn in the side of Red Bull, Alpine and Ocon can be especially pleased with their afternoon's work, with Alonso capably supporting in P7. Two Alpines in Q3 hasn't been an especially common occurrence this year, but would be a welcome lift to the Enstone team before the summer break in its efforts to get back into P5 in the constructors' title race.
09:05 But perhaps of even greater concern to Red Bull will be the deficit between Bottas and Perez - on Thursday, the Mexican was bullish (if you'll pardon the pun) on his prospects for remaining with the team next year, but ending up behind Ocon's Alpine won't fill his team with confidence.
09:03 With no other changes in the order, it's Bottas who levels the scores at 1-1 after Verstappen topped FP1 earlier. Mercedes was on top from the word go in FP2, Hamilton finishing up just 0.027s behind his team-mate while Verstappen was almost three tenths behind the pace-setting Finn.
09:02 It's only a 1m19.671s for Tsunoda, which leaves him P17. He'll be playing catch-up in FP3 tomorrow, as will AlphaTauri which will have only half the data of the other teams from FP2 - although Gasly ended up a pleasing P6, just behind Perez.
09:00 There's the checkered flag, FP2 comes to a close. But Tsunoda is still on a flying lap - where will he end up?
08:58 Here we go then, Tsunoda has made it out of the pits and has fitted the softs for a last-gasp attack.
08:57 Hamilton has just been through the pits, but it remains to be seen whether he's been fitted with a fresh set of boots. He's still on the medium tyres.
08:55 Tsunoda is suited up, so may get out of the garage for a reconnaissance lap or two just before the end. AlphaTauri cutting it fine with five minutes left on the clock...
08:53 Hamilton meanwhile has a moment at Turn 11 where the rear breaks away from him, but the Mercedes driver guides the car into the run-off with no harm done. Those mediums clearly struggling for tyre life now in the tortuous Hungarian heat.
08:52 Verstappen is still complaining over the radio that he's struggling on turn in, so decides to box for a front wing adjustment.
08:51 Still no sign yet of Tsunoda making it out of the garage - with 10 minutes left, will we get to see the Japanese on track in FP2?
08:50 Alonso, Vettel and Stroll are the only other drivers in the frame for Q3 evaluating mediums at this stage, with the majority on softs. Russell, intriguingly, is also on the mediums - he's running down in P15 at the moment, with Raikkonen just ahead in the 'Class C' battle.
08:49 Nobody out there is getting close to their personal best times, as they get some race running in. Tellingly, most of the field are running the softs apart from the Red Bull and Mercedes cars, who clearly believe they will have no problem progressing through Q2 on the medium.
08:46 Ocon's first lap on those soft tyres was a high 1m22s, so he's also running with plenty of fuel to simulate graining in the early laps of the GP.
08:45 Bottas's last lap on the mediums was in the low 1m22s, which suggests he's carrying a decent chunk of fuel. Meanwhile Verstappen is complaining that someone is pressing the radio button but not talking. Bit of an odd time for prank calls, no?