GP Ungheria, prove libere–24/07/2015
Hungarian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton leads Red Bull drivers in FP2
Lewis Hamilton set the pace in second Formula 1 practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix as Red Bull emerged as Mercedes’ closest challenger.
Hamilton clocked a 1m23.949s on the soft compound tyres, 0.351 seconds clear of Daniil Kvyat with the Red Bull driver’s team-mate Daniel Ricciardo 0.151s further adrift.
Nico Rosberg, in the other Mercedes, was 0.719s off the pace in fourth ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who maintained his advantage over team-mate Sebastian Vettel.
Red Bull’s day was tainted when Ricciardo’s engine expired with 20 minutes remaining, the Australian pulling off the track at Turn 11 to bring out the red flag.
Hamilton set the early pace as the field ran the medium compound tyres and increased that advantage on his qualifying simulations on the softs before the teams turned their attention to long runs.
Carlos Sainz continued Toro Rosso’s strong form so far at the Hungaroring with the sixth quickest time with team-mate Max Verstappen, who missed a chunk of the session with a technical problem, 11th.
Vettel, who had two spins (at Turn 12 and Turn 1), was seventh quickest, just over half a second slower than team-mate Raikkonen.
McLaren’s hopes of a stronger weekend were boosted with Fernando Alonso finishing FP2 in eighth, 1.8s off the pace, and team-mate Jenson Button two tenths further back in 12th.
The Williams of Valtteri Bottas, who was running the team’s new front wing, and Felipe Massa completed the top 10.
Lotus bounced back from a troubled first session to get more than 70 laps on the board between Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean, with the duo finishing 13th and 15th overall.
The team’s tyres were late arriving for first practice, in what is understood to be a consequence of a late payment, and as a result it lost track time while they waited for the tyres to get into their working range.
Sauber’s team principal Monisha Kaltenborn conceded on Thursday that it would be a tough weekend for her team and it proved to be the case with Felipe Nasr 14th and Marcus Ericsson 16th.
Roberto Merhi ended up 17th quickest, just 0.002s ahead of Manor team-mate Will Stevens.
Force India chose to sit out the session as a precaution while the team continued to investigate an apparent suspension problem that caused Sergio Perez’s crash in first practice.
|2||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||0.351s||29|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||0.502s||16|
|6||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1.650s||37|
|11||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1.986s||19|
Hungarian GP: Lewis Hamilton fastest, Sergio Perez rolls in F1 FP1
Lewis Hamilton topped the first Formula 1 free practice session at the Hungarian Grand Prix, which was interrupted by a dramatic roll for Sergio Perez after hitting the barriers.
Hamilton’s Mercedes was fastest in the first half-hour, when all drivers were on their first set of medium-compound Pirellis, and he had yet to use his second set when Perez crashed shortly before the one-hour mark.
The Force India driver had just emerged from the exit of the Turn 11 right-hander and was on the exit rumble strip when the rear snapped on him and pitched the Mexican into a spin.
Replays suggested that this was caused by a failure in the right-rear suspension, although this has yet to be confirmed.
Perez spun across the track and hit nose-first into the barrier, damaging the front-right suspension.
As he rebounded into the track, the deranged front wheel folded under the car and tipped him into a roll.
The Force India came to rest upside down, although Perez was able to get out quickly and was taken to the medical centre for a check-up before he returned to the pits on foot just over 10 minutes after the crash.
There, he was met by a pack of TV and radio crews – although he was still unsure as to the cause of the accident when it was put to him that he had a failure.
"It was a really bad accident, really unlucky," he told Sky Sports F1.
"I went in at the wrong angle, which made the car roll over, but everything’s all right.
"It was a bit of a strange accident, I thought I was under control but I guess the Astroturf was very dirty and that’s why I went into the wall, but we have to check everything in detail."
The session was restarted after a 15-minute halt, and after the stoppage Nico Rosberg worked his way down to a 1m25.250s, which was just under half-a-tenth faster than Hamilton’s early mark.
But at the same time, Hamilton improved to a 1m25.141s to end the session 0.109s faster than Rosberg to consolidate top spot.
The session was then interrupted by another red flag for debris on the track from the front wing of Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari, which failed as he was exiting the Turn 12 right-hander.
Although the Finn made it back to the pits, the track needed clearing and the session did not get back underway in time for any more improvements to be made, meaning only five drivers left the pits for the last 60 seconds of track time.
Raikkonen set third-fastest time before his incident, putting him ahead of the two Red Bulls of Daniels Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat.
They were the only three non-Mercedes cars within a second of the pace, as sixth-quickest Sebastian Vettel, who missed much of the first half-hour with an electrical problem, was 1.254s down.
Toro Rosso had another strong Friday session, with Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen seventh and 10th respectively.
They sandwiched Perez and the Williams of Valtteri Bottas on the timesheets.
McLaren suggested that its hopes of a slightly improved performance at a less-power-dependent circuit are justified with Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button 11th and 12th fastest.
Lotus had a troubled session as a consequence of not getting hold of its tyres on Thursday, as would be usual. This is understood to be a consequence of a late payment.
The team got its tyres this morning, but while both cars completed an installation lap during the first half-hour running was restricted, with Pastor Maldonado and Jolyon Palmer – two of the drivers who did return to the track during the final one-minute mini-session – managed only 13 laps between them.
That meant Maldonado ended up 17th, while Palmer – who only did four laps – did not set a time.
He ended the session last, behind F1 weekend debutant and former GP2 champion Fabio Leimer.
The Swiss driver took over Roberto Merhi’s Manor and lapped 1.1s off the pace of team-mate Will Stevens.
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||0.912s||20|
|5||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||0.929s||17|
|7||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1.586s||25|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1.635s||14|
|10||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1.793s||27|
|13||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||2.176s||11|