Sebastian Vettel continued to set the pace in Friday practice at the Hungarian Grand Prix

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 doesn't look like it's in the hunt to challenge for victoryFerrari 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:

Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Racing Renault RB9 1:21.264   34
2. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Racing Renault RB9 1:21.308 + 0.044 42
3. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus F1 Renault E21 1:21.417 + 0.153 40
4. Fernando Alonso ESP Scuderia Ferrari F138 1:21.426 + 0.162 34
5. Felipe Massa BRA Scuderia Ferrari F138 1:21.544 + 0.280 37
6. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W04 1:21.802 + 0.538 42
7. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W04 1:21.991 + 0.727 40
8. Kimi Räikkönen FIN Lotus F1 Renault E21 1:22.011 + 0.747 32
9. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-28 1:22.180 + 0.916 41
10. Adrian Sutil DEU Force India Mercedes VJM06 1:22.304 + 1.040 41
11. Paul di Resta GBR Force India Mercedes VJM06 1:22.526 + 1.262 39
12. Sergio Pérez MEX McLaren Mercedes MP4-28 1:22.529 + 1.265 37
13. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams Renault FW35 1:22.781 + 1.517 36
14. Esteban Gutiérrez MEX Sauber Ferrari C32 1:22.837 + 1.573 42
15. Nico Hülkenberg DEU Sauber Ferrari C32 1:22.841 + 1.577 39
16. Jean-Éric Vergne FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR8 1:23.369 + 2.105 34
17. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR8 1:23.411 + 2.147 41
18. Valtteri Bottas FIN Williams Renault FW35 1:23.646 + 2.382 34
19. Charles Pic FRA Caterham Renault CT03 1:24.325 + 3.061 38
20. Giedo van der Garde NED Caterham Renault CT03 1:25.065 + 3.801 36
21. Jules Bianchi FRA Marussia Cosworth MR02 1:25.143 + 3.879 39
22. Max Chilton GBR Marussia Cosworth MR02 1:26.647 + 5.383 33 supports a world free of factory farming. Learn more and pledge your support by CLICKING HERE!

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