Nico Rosberg topped the timing screens during the second free practice session ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix whilst teammate Hamilton crashed out of the session. Daniel Ricciardo finished the session in second place after Hamilton spun into the tyre barriers at turn one early on in the practice session. Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg set a lap time of 1:20.435 which saw him finish the session comfortably on top of the times. Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo improved his times to beat the time Hamilton set in the first practice session earlier in the day at the Hungaroring circuit by 0.912 seconds. Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished the session in third ahead of the second Red Bull car with Max Verstappen in fourth. The time set by Verstappen was a 1:21.770, showed an improvement on his fastest lap time during the earlier free practice session by 1.687 seconds.

Surprising to the fans it was Lewis Hamilton behind the Dutchman in fifth place but the British driver had only been able to complete a total of four laps before his collision with the tyre barriers. Hamilton was able to drive the car back to the pits but the session had to be briefly red flagged to allow marshals to reassemble the tyres to ensure it was safe for the other competitors. The Mercedes AMG Petronas team checked over the car and repaired any damage caused whilst Hamilton was taken to the medical centre but was given the all clear. Before the incident occurred the Mercedes driver had been running on top of the time sheets with just 0.001 second between he and teammate Rosberg. When the session was restarted Rosberg went on to post a lap time of 1:20.435 which was 1.525 seconds quicker than Hamilton’s time.

In sixth place was the second of the Scuderia Ferrari’s in the ahnds of Kimi Raikkonen. Fernando Alonso took seventh for McLaren Honda, in the break between the two sessions the team changed his power unit after noticing a potential issue beginning to develop on the car. The second of the McLaren Honda cars in the hands of Jenson Button finished in eighth with a lap time of 1:22.387 ahead of ninth placed Nico Hulkenberg for Sahara Force India. His teammate Sergio Perez finished behind with just two tenths separating the two.

For the second free practice session Esteban Gutierrez took to the wheel of his Haas F1 team car after letting Charles Leclerc pilot the car in the first practice session. Gutierrez finished the session in eleventh with a fastest time of 1:22.673. Williams Martini Racing’s Felipe Massa improved on his fastest lap time from FP1 to finish in twelfth. Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr ended the session in thirteenth after slightly improving on his lap time by two tenths of a second, he has since been put under investigation for crossing the line at the pit entry. His running time in free practice two was over pretty quickly after he parked his car at turn one after reporting an issue with something on the rear of the car. Valtteri Bottas set a lap time of 1:22.773 which saw him finish in fourteenth. The Finnish driver is currently being investigated after failing to keep to the right of the pit lane bollard as he entered the pits.

After having a successful first free practice session Romain Grosjean was unable to continue his form into the second free practice session where he was only able to set a lap time good enough to take fifteenth. He was just under two tenths slower than his teammate Gutierrez. Daniil Kyvat ended the session in sixteenth for the Toro Rosso team. Renault Sport F1’s Kevin Magnussen finished the session in seventeenth with a time of 1:23.347. Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson finished in eighteenth. Jolyon Palmer finished the session in nineteenth after having a late start to the session after fuel pressure issued forced him to spend the majority of the practice session in his pit garage. He was able to complete twelve laps for the Renault team with his fastest lap time being 1:23.528.

Felipe Nasr had a dreadful session which ended in him pulling off of the circuit part way through the session, as he entered turn two his Sauber slowed down and headed off track, cutting across other cars in the process. One of the cars he cut across was Sainz, who had spun at the same corner of the circuit moments before Nasr did. Marshals had to assist and push Nasr down the escape road, he finished the session in twentieth with a fastest time of 1:23.986. Manor Racing’s Pascal Wehrlein finished the session in twenty-first ahead of teammate Rio Haryanto in twenty-second. Wehrlein set a fastest lap time of 1:23.992 to jump ahead of his teammate. Haryanto had a disrupted session after suffering a few spins which saw him lose valuable time.



©Fay Tilley 22nd July 2016.