Hungarian GP Practice Two
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel set the pace on Friday during the second practice round for the Hungarian Grand Prix. Meanwhile, title rival Lewis Hamilton struggled.
Lewis Hamilton was only the fifth quickest, the same position he occupied in the first practice. He finished behind two Ferraris and Red Bulls.
“Red Bull could hurt Mercedes,” observed Sky F1’s Paul di Resta. “And that’s where Ferrari need to rely on Kimi to get ahead of Red Bull to get back the points that were lost at Hockenheim.
“Mercedes aren’t a second behind but the worrying thing is that they couldn’t even put the finishing touches on their lap. They are going to have to tune speed out of their car in order to get more grip out of the tyres. But they were already behind Vettel in sector one.”
Romain Grosjean was seventh in the ‘best of the rest’ position behind Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari.
Renault’s Carlos Sainz was four tenths slower in eighth, while Fernando Alonso was the highest-placed McLaren driver in 12th.
But team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne struggled again. Despite a change of chassis, the Belgian was only 19th after spinning off. After a brief rain shower fell during Practice Two, more unsettled weather is forecast for the rest of the weekend.