Ferrari stay top in second Hungarian GP practice

Ferrari continued to be unbeatable in the second free practice of the Hungarian Grand Prix with Michael Schumacher again topping the times. The weather remained overcast but the track temperature climbed to 28C, higher than the earlier session.

Ferrari continued to be unbeatable in the second free practice of the Hungarian Grand Prix with Michael Schumacher again topping the times. The weather remained overcast but the track temperature climbed to 28C, higher than the earlier session. After a sedate first practice, the start of the second saw many cars spinning. Ralf Schumacher started off by heading into the gravel, Mika Salo had a big wobbly moment in a chicane, David Coulthard took to the grass followed by Anthony Davidson going off track.

Rubens Barrichello went into the gravel, Coulthard spun again and clipped the barrier, Ralf went off onto the grass, Eddie Irvine spun and was followed by Michael. A very active first ten minutes or so. Kimi Raikkonen was the first improvement of the session, climbing to third behind the Ferraris but McLaren team mate Coulthard was down the times, due to his spins, until later on.

The increased track temperature seemed to aid the Michelin runners although there were a few reports of spots of rain about half way through. Michael and Barrichello held fast at the top of the times and Jordan also remained on their earlier pace. Renault picked up from the first session, Jarno Trulli sixth fastest and Jenson Button ninth midway in but they later dropped back.

Davidson continued to improve for Minardi, sometimes ahead of Mark Webber and Toyota's Allan McNish went up to fourteenth at one point but in general it was not a good day for Toyota. Williams were lacking, both Ralf and Juan Pablo Montoya outside the top ten. Jaguar's Pedro de la Rosa joined the spinners but he and Eddie Irvine stayed around the top 12. Felipe Massa continued in the front runners but Sauber team mate Nick Heidfeld had a spin that ended his session.

Olivier Panis took to the gravel and BAR slacked off their pace from the first session, Jacques Villeneuve hovering at the bottom of the top ten. Montoya joined in the spinning late and ended his session in the gravel although Ralf put in a last minute improvement to third quickest. Massa also ended his session with a bang, going off in the final seconds at the same place as Heidfeld earlier.

An eventful session but no startling improvements from the earlier practice. Ferrari were never moved from the top two slots, the only two cars in the 1:16 bracket, and McLaren were the only noticeable gainers in position. Davidson finished ahead of Webber in an encouraging start to the weekend for him but the rest remained unremarkable. Final top six classification: M. Schumacher, Barrichello, R. Schumacher, Raikkonen, Fisichella, Sato.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Irvine , Jenson Button , Ralf Schumacher , Pedro de la Rosa , Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , Mark Webber , David Coulthard , Olivier Panis , Jacques Villeneuve , Nick Heidfeld , Kimi Raikkonen , Anthony Davidson , Allan McNish , Mika Salo , Felipe Massa
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , McLaren , Williams , Minardi , Jordan