Hungarian GP: Vettel tops FP2 as Mercedes trails rivals

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Hungarian GP: Vettel tops FP2 as Mercedes trails rivals
By: Edd Straw
Jul 27, 2018, 2:35 PM

Sebastian Vettel topped the second Formula 1 free practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix, shading Red Bull's Max Verstappen by 0.074s.

Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF71H
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W09
Brendon Hartley, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR13
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes-AMG F1 W09
Esteban Ocon, Force India VJM11
Antonio Giovinazzi, Sauber C37
Marcus Ericsson, Sauber C37
Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren MCL33
Carlos Sainz Jr., Renault Sport F1 Team R.S. 18
Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso STR13
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF71H
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1 W09
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG F1 W09

Verstappen set the pace early on in the 90-minute session using soft-compound Pirellis, setting a time of 1m17.509s to take top spot just ahead of Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo.

Vettel, who was only fifth and seven tenths behind Verstappen on the first-run times when also on softs, then secured top spot with a best time of 1m16.834s using ultrasofts.

After he went to the front, the two Red Bull drivers completed their ultrasoft qualifying simulations, with Verstappen slotting in behind.

Daniel Ricciardo, using an older-specification V6 engine than teammate Verstappen, was third fastest and 0.153s slower than his teammate - and complained about the balance not being quite right.

Kimi Raikkonen, one of the few to set his initial laptime using the mediums, was one of the later drivers to complete his qualifying simulation and slotted into third place – setting the best final sector time of the session along the way.

This meant the Mercedes drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, were fifth and sixth having both had to abort their qualifying simulation runs.

Bottas went first, but after some rear-end snaps had a bigger moment on turn-in to the Turn 12 right-hander and aborted the lap.

Hamilton, who was not far behind Bottas on the track, also struggled with the rear end but held on to the final right-hander when the rear end stepped out and pitched him wide.

That cost him well over a second and meant his fifth place was secured by his early pace on softs, 0.281s faster than Bottas.

Romain Grosjean secured best-of-the-rest honours for Haas with a lap of 1m18.168s shortly before the halfway mark of the session.

That relegated Renault driver Carlos Sainz to eighth place by just over three tenths of a second.

Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly was ninth with Force India driver Esteban Ocon rounding out the top 10.

Sergio Perez jumped into 11th place with 27 minutes of the session remaining, just under a tenth of a second off the top 10.

This shuffled McLaren driver Fernando Alonso, who had just set his time, down to 12th – two seconds off the overall pace.

This also bumped the second Haas of Kevin Magnussen, complained earlier in the session about understeer and a slight engine problem, down to 13th.

Nico Hulkenberg had a late start to the session after stopping in the morning session, which triggered a precautionary energy store change.

He hit the track just before the halfway mark and went straight into running on ultrasofts, taking 14th place ahead of Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley.

Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson recovered from an early-session spin to set 16th fastest time, just under a tenth of a second faster than teammate Charles Leclerc.

Ericsson ended the session under investigation for an unsafe release from a pitstop.

That left Williams pairing Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin to take 18th and 20th places, sandwiching the McLaren of Stoffel Vandoorne.

Vandoorne, who has had a chassis change after struggling in the previous two race weekends, spun after touching the grass at the entry to the Turn 5 right-hander on his first qualifying simulation lap and had to rely on his soft-tyre pace for his position.

ClaDriverChassisEngineLapsTimeGap
1 germany Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari Ferrari 45 1'16.834  
2 netherlands Max Verstappen  Red Bull TAG 35 1'16.908 0.074
3 australia Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull TAG 36 1'17.061 0.227
4 finland Kimi Raikkonen  Ferrari Ferrari 40 1'17.153 0.319
5 united_kingdom Lewis Hamilton  Mercedes Mercedes 43 1'17.587 0.753
6 finland Valtteri Bottas  Mercedes Mercedes 46 1'17.868 1.034
7 france Romain Grosjean  Haas Ferrari 39 1'18.065 1.231
8 spain Carlos Sainz  Renault Renault 38 1'18.495 1.661
9 france Pierre Gasly  Toro Rosso Honda 43 1'18.518 1.684
10 france Esteban Ocon  Force India Mercedes 41 1'18.761 1.927
11 mexico Sergio Perez  Force India Mercedes 42 1'18.850 2.016
12 spain Fernando Alonso  McLaren Renault 38 1'18.857 2.023
13 denmark Kevin Magnussen  Haas Ferrari 35 1'18.880 2.046
14 germany Nico Hulkenberg  Renault Renault 23 1'18.913 2.079
15 new_zealand Brendon Hartley  Toro Rosso Honda 41 1'18.916 2.082
16 sweden Marcus Ericsson  Sauber Ferrari 42 1'19.043 2.209
17 monaco Charles Leclerc  Sauber Ferrari 38 1'19.137 2.303
18 canada Lance Stroll  Williams Mercedes 45 1'19.645 2.811
19 belgium Stoffel Vandoorne  McLaren Renault 38 1'19.712 2.878
20 russia Sergey Sirotkin  Williams Mercedes 45 1'19.770 2.936

 

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Series Formula 1
Event Hungarian GP
Location Hungaroring
Author Edd Straw
Article type Practice report