Lewis Hamilton has continued to enjoy some excellent pace at the Hungaroring, after finishing quickest in today’s second free practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The McLaren driver ended the ninety-minute session on top with a time of 1:21.018, finishing up faster than Fernando Alonso, while team-mate Jenson Button finished third-fastest. The Red Bulls of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel rounded out the top-five.
While the morning’s session was spared of any wet weather, some light precipitation his the Budapest venue during the afternoon’s running. Despite this, the session had few incidents of note – the usual off-track moments and lock-ups aside – although Felipe Massa suffered a harmless spin at Turn 12, but was able to rejoin the running. He finished sixth-fastest, a full second off Hamilton’s pace.
Pastor Maldonado had the misfortune of a slow puncture in the middle of the session, which forced the Venezuelan into the pits for a fresh tyre.
Behind the leading three teams, the rest of the field’s Mercedes-powered drivers completed the top ten places, with the two Mercedes GPs going quicker than the Force India drivers.
The two Sauber drivers ran on the fringes of the top ten, while a second covered the rest of the midfield of Williams, Toro Rosso and Renault entries.
Further down the order, Jarno Trulli enjoyed a rare moment in the sun by out-pacing team-mate Heikki Kovalainen, later going on to praise the new power steering system fitted to his Lotus.
Rookie driver Daniel Ricciardo was also quicker than HRT team-mate Vitantonio Liuzzi.
2011 Hungarian Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Session Times:
|1.||Lewis Hamilton||McLaren Mercedes MP4-26||1:21.018||29|
|2.||Fernando Alonso||Ferrari F150° Italia||+ 0.241||40|
|3.||Jenson Button||McLaren Mercedes MP4-26||+ 0.304||34|
|4.||Mark Webber||Red Bull Renault RB7||+ 0.490||35|
|5.||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Renault RB7||+ 0.531||31|
|6.||Felipe Massa||Ferrari F150° Italia||+ 1.081||40|
|7.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes GP W02||+ 1.103||36|
|8.||Michael Schumacher||Mercedes GP W02||+ 1.422||36|
|9.||Paul di Resta||Force India Mercedes VJM04||+ 1.817||40|
|10.||Adrian Sutil||Force India Mercedes VJM04||+ 1.963||37|
|11.||Kamui Kobayashi||Sauber Ferrari C30||+ 2.012||34|
|12.||Sergio Pérez||Sauber Ferrari C30||+ 2.381||37|
|13.||Rubens Barrichello||Williams Cosworth FW33||+ 2.661||34|
|14.||Nick Heidfeld||Renault R31||+ 2.843||28|
|15.||Pastor Maldonado||Williams Cosworth FW33||+ 3.163||39|
|16.||Jaime Alguersuari||Toro Rosso Ferrari STR6||+ 3.164||26|
|17.||Vitaly Petrov||Renault R31||+ 3.528||21|
|18.||Sébastien Buemi||Toro Rosso Ferrari STR6||+ 3.860||35|
|19.||Jarno Trulli||Lotus Renault T128||+ 3.976||38|
|20.||Heikki Kovalainen||Lotus Renault T128||+ 4.429||39|
|21.||Timo Glock||Virgin Racing Cosworth MVR-02||+ 5.805||33|
|22.||Jérôme d’Ambrosio||Virgin Racing Cosworth MVR-02||+ 6.243||28|
|23.||Daniel Ricciardo||HRT F1 Cosworth F111||+ 6.712||31|
|24.||Vitantonio Liuzzi||HRT F1 Cosworth F111||+ 7.237||25|
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