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