Lewis Hamilton has gone quickest again at the Hungarian Grand Prix practice

Lewis Hamilton has continued to be the pace-setter at this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix by claiming a clean sweep in Friday practice honours with the fastest in a rain-interrupted second practice session at the Hungaroring.

The best of the session’s running was contained to its first half-hour before heavy clouds rolled in and deposited their contents on the circuit, making the going tough for those runners looking to get some clear laps in with everyone out on the track.

Despite having one flying lap attempt ruined when he came across the slower Marussia of Charles Pic, Lewis strung a series of good sectors in to post the session’s quickest time – a 1:21.995 – before the weather turned.

Kimi Räikkönen finished the session second-fastest for Lotus, while a buoyant Bruno Senna was third-quickest in his first outing on the circuit for Williams, taking over the reins from the team’s reserve driver Valtteri Bottas, who drove in the morning’s practice session.

Felipe Massa had a rare session being quicker than team-mate Fernando Alonso to go fourth-quickest – one spot higher than the Spaniard – with the Ferrari pair rounding out the top five.

The duo finished ahead of Jenson Button, Paul di Resta and Sebastian Vettel, while Romain Grosjean and Michael Schumacher completed the top ten, despite both suffering crashes during the session.

Romain Grosjean took his front wing off Michael Schumacher battered his Mercedes once again

Grosjean’s came when he lost the back end of his Lotus as he took too much kerb at the Turn 8/9 chicane; the Frenchman slid nose-first into the opposite wall and limped back to the pits for repairs.

Schumacher’s accident – as was the case in second practice at the German Grand Prix – was the more sizeable. The Mercedes driver also buried his car nose-first into the wall, with his crash coming about by being caught out on a damp spot on the track at Turn 11.


2012 Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Session Times:

Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 1:21.995   20
2. Kimi Räikkönen FIN Lotus F1 Renault E20 1:22.180 + 0.185 20
3. Bruno Senna BRA Williams Renault FW34 1:22.253 + 0.258 33
4. Felipe Massa BRA Scuderia Ferrari F2012 1:22.417 + 0.422 28
5. Fernando Alonso ESP Scuderia Ferrari F2012 1:22.582 + 0.587 22
6. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 1:22.747 + 0.752 17
7. Paul di Resta GBR Force India Mercedes VJM05 1:22.794 + 0.799 23
8. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Racing Renault RB8 1:22.824 + 0.829 18
9. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus F1 Renault E20 1:22.922 + 0.927 12
10. Michael Schumacher DEU Mercedes AMG F1 W03 1:23.160 + 1.165 19
11. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes AMG F1 W03 1:23.164 + 1.169 28
12. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams Renault FW34 1:23.337 + 1.342 26
13. Nico Hülkenberg DEU Force India Mercedes VJM05 1:23.713 + 1.718 25
14. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Racing Renault RB8 1:23.814 + 1.819 17
15. Kamui Kobayashi JPN Sauber Ferrari C31 1:23.841 + 1.846 28
16. Jean-Éric Vergne FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR7 1:24.328 + 2.333 23
17. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR7 1:24.345 + 2.350 27
18. Sergio Pérez MEX Sauber Ferrari C31 1:24.623 + 2.628 22
19. Vitaly Petrov RUS Caterham Renault CT01 1:24.823 + 2.808 28
20. Heikki Kovalainen FIN Caterham Renault CT01 1:25.220 + 3.225 28
21. Timo Glock DEU Marussia Racing Cosworth MR01 1:27.104 + 5.109 27
22. Pedro de la Rosa ESP HRTF1 Cosworth F112 1:27.106 + 5.111 18
23. Charles Pic FRA Marussia Racing Cosworth MR01 1:27.185 + 5.190 22
24. Narain Karthikeyan IND HRTF1 Cosworth F112 1:27.822 + 5.827 20

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