Damp and drizzly conditions provided a test for the Formula 1 drivers in Friday’s second practice session at the Hungaroring, but that didn’t stop the Red Bull Racing pair of Pierre Gasly and Max Verstappen topping the timesheets ahead of the two Mercedes-AMG runners.
The fastest times of the session were posted in the first 30 minutes before the track became too greasy for any lap time improvements, and with the rest of the weekend forecast to be dry there was little to be gained with unnecessary wet-weather mileage and a potential trip into the barriers.
Once driver didn’t even make it that far. Scuderia Toro Rosso rookie Alexander Albon was on his third lap of the session when he dropped a wheel onto the grass approaching the final corner. His car snapped sideways and slid straight into the barriers at the approach to the right-hander; the shunt caused major damage to his STR14 and brought out the red flags.
Gasly posted the session’s benchmark time of 1:17.854 to finish just five-hundredths of a second faster than his teammate and last weekend’s German Grand Prix winner Max Verstappen. A further eight-hundredths of a second back was Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes.
The Englishman’s teammate Valtteri Bottas had missed out on FP1 with an engine misfire and with a replacement Energy Store and Control Electronics fitted for FP2 the Finn was back out on track and finished the session fourth-fastest.
Daniel Ricciardo, a winner in Hungary in 2014 when with Red Bull Racing, finished fifth-fastest in his Renault ahead of the Alfa Romeo of Kimi Räikkönen. Their respective teammates, Nico Hülkenberg and Antonio Giovinazzi, also made it into the top-ten and finished eighth- and ninth-fastest behind Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. Daniil Kvyat was tenth-fastest in the sole remaining Toro Rosso.
|FORMULA 1 ROLEX MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ 2019 – FREE PRACTICE SESSION 2|
|Driver||Team / Entry||Time||Gap||Laps|
|1.||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull Racing RB15||1:17.854||16|
|2.||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing RB15||1:17.909||+ 0.055||12|
|3.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes-AMG Motorsport W10||1:17.995||+ 0.141||15|
|4.||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes-AMG Motorsport W10||1:18.184||+ 0.330||18|
|5.||Daniel Ricciardo||Renault F1 Team RS19||1:18.597||+ 0.743||13|
|6.||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo Racing C38||1:18.682||+ 0.828||25|
|7.||Charles Leclerc||Scuderia Ferrari SF90||1:18.852||+ 0.998||21|
|8.||Nico Hülkenberg||Renault F1 Team RS19||1:18.892||+ 1.038||14|
|9.||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo Racing C38||1:18.909||+ 1.055||25|
|10.||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda STR14||1:18.957||+ 1.103||22|
|11.||Romain Grosjean||Haas F1 Team VF-19||1:19.149||+ 1.295||19|
|12.||Kevin Magnussen||Haas F1 Team VF-19||1:19.178||+ 1.324||21|
|13.||Sebastian Vettel||Scuderia Ferrari SF90||1:19.254||+ 1.400||24|
|14.||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren F1 Team MCL34||1:19.398||+ 1.544||22|
|15.||Sergio Pérez||Racing Point F1 Team RP19||1:19.721||+ 1.867||13|
|16.||Lance Stroll||Racing Point F1 Team RP19||1:19.774||+ 1.920||14|
|17.||George Russell||ROKiT Williams Racing FW42||1:19.889||+ 2.035||14|
|18.||Lando Norris||McLaren F1 Team MCL34||1:20.401||+ 2.547||6|
|19.||Robert Kubica||ROKiT Williams Racing FW42||1:20.439||+ 2.585||15|
|20.||Alexander Albon||Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda STR14||no time||2|
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