Red Bull Racing continued to dominate the field in both outright pace and race simulations in today’s second practice session at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
In weekends past, they would be competing for top spot with Mercedes, who beat Red Bull on regular occasions. But given their ban on the Silverstone test, the Brackley outfit had to utilise the practice sessions to play catch up on the 2012-style construction tyres.
The Red Bulls were the only team to get their drivers into the 1:26 mark during the race simulations, with Romain Grosjean and Fernando Alonso the closest at around 7-8 tenths off second-placed Mark Webber.
The track caused problems for tyres as temperatures lingered between 39-45 degrees Celsius.
A poor outing for the Toro Rosso team was not what Daniel Ricciardo had in mind, as he is still fighting against Kimi Raikkonen for the second Red Bull seat. Since Red Bull announced that they would make their decision at either Spa or Monza, Ricciardo has little time left to impress the senior team.
Although the speed over one lap was lacking, the STR8’s race simulation was competitive with drivers in the top ten.
Grosjean has so far impressed his team and critics by continuing his solid form from the German Grand Prix. The Frenchman, whose current contract ends this year, finished five places ahead of teammate Raikkonen, and looks a chance for a possible front row start.
Ferrari are just hanging onto the Red Bulls, doing everything in their power not to let Vettel run away with the Championship. Fernando Alonso needs a podium finish if he wants to stay in the title hunt and regain momentum that he thinks the team may be lacking a bit. Alonso finished in fourth place with teammate Felipe Massa, on the softer compound, a tenth behind in fifth.
It was a surprising result to see both Caterhams finish above rivals Marussia. Both Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde felt uncomfortable during the session but still managed to get the better of Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton, even if the gap between the two Caterhams and Bianchi was eight tenths.
2013 Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Session Times:
|1.||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing Renault RB9||1:21.264||34|
|2.||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing Renault RB9||1:21.308||+ 0.044||42|
|3.||Romain Grosjean||Lotus F1 Renault E21||1:21.417||+ 0.153||40|
|4.||Fernando Alonso||Scuderia Ferrari F138||1:21.426||+ 0.162||34|
|5.||Felipe Massa||Scuderia Ferrari F138||1:21.544||+ 0.280||37|
|6.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W04||1:21.802||+ 0.538||42|
|7.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W04||1:21.991||+ 0.727||40|
|8.||Kimi Räikkönen||Lotus F1 Renault E21||1:22.011||+ 0.747||32|
|9.||Jenson Button||McLaren Mercedes MP4-28||1:22.180||+ 0.916||41|
|10.||Adrian Sutil||Force India Mercedes VJM06||1:22.304||+ 1.040||41|
|11.||Paul di Resta||Force India Mercedes VJM06||1:22.526||+ 1.262||39|
|12.||Sergio Pérez||McLaren Mercedes MP4-28||1:22.529||+ 1.265||37|
|13.||Pastor Maldonado||Williams Renault FW35||1:22.781||+ 1.517||36|
|14.||Esteban Gutiérrez||Sauber Ferrari C32||1:22.837||+ 1.573||42|
|15.||Nico Hülkenberg||Sauber Ferrari C32||1:22.841||+ 1.577||39|
|16.||Jean-Éric Vergne||Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR8||1:23.369||+ 2.105||34|
|17.||Daniel Ricciardo||Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR8||1:23.411||+ 2.147||41|
|18.||Valtteri Bottas||Williams Renault FW35||1:23.646||+ 2.382||34|
|19.||Charles Pic||Caterham Renault CT03||1:24.325||+ 3.061||38|
|20.||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham Renault CT03||1:25.065||+ 3.801||36|
|21.||Jules Bianchi||Marussia Cosworth MR02||1:25.143||+ 3.879||39|
|22.||Max Chilton||Marussia Cosworth MR02||1:26.647||+ 5.383||33|