Nico Rosberg has set the fastest time in the second practice session of the Hungarian Grand Prix as his teammate Lewis Hamilton crashed into the tyre barriers at Turn 11.
The Briton was on a flying lap running the soft compound tyre when he spun heading into Turn 11, slamming his Mercedes parallel with the tyre barrier. Since the impact was perfectly side on, Hamilton was able to limp back to the pits, however his session ended having just completed three laps.
The session was red flagged for just under 10 minutes while repairs were carried out on the tyre barriers. Once the track was live again, Rosberg bolted on a set of super soft tyres and went fastest overall with a 1:20.435, clearing his teammate and the rest of the field by 1.5 seconds.
Daniel Ricciardo did his best to respond to the time, however could only manage to get within over half a second to Rosberg’s benchmark. Max Verstappen wasn’t able to put together the cleanest lap in the second Red Bull and finished over seven tenths behind his teammate in fourth.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel managed to get within a second of Rosberg’s time in third, although Kimi Raikkonen was 1.6 seconds adrift in sixth.
Williams struggled for pace despite trialling different variations of the front wing as Felipe Massa finished in 12th position while Valtteri Bottas was in 14th. Bottas is currently under investigation by the Stewards for failing to keep right of the pitlane entry bollard.
Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz made the same mistake and is also under investigation. The Spaniard finished in 13th position after a late issue with his rear brakes caused him to park the car off the track.
Most drivers tested the limit of the track by running wide at Turn Four where there is a new electronic track limit device, which could result in a lot of lap times being deleted in tomorrow’s qualifying.
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