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Hungarian Grand Prix FP2: All you need to know

Jul 30 2021
By Josh Suttill

Valtteri Bottas led the Formula 1 title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in the second practice session ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix.


Key moments:

> Bottas 0.027s quicker than Hamilton

> Verstappen three-tenths adrift in third place

> Ocon a strong P4 for Alpine

> Tsunoda misses all but final two minutes of the session after FP1 shunt


Bottas – without a pole position since Portimao – topped the session with a 1m17.012s, some half a second quicker than Verstappen’s morning benchmark.

His Mercedes team-mate Hamilton was just 0.027s slower than Bottas and almost three tenths clear of championship leader Verstappen.

Red Bull’s Verstappen reported that he was “still struggling with the same things” as he experienced in the morning despite the team making set-up changes after FP1.

Later in the session, he requested front wing adjustments saying “all the time I try to turn in, I’m losing the rear. It feels completely broken”.

Sergio Perez was also frustrated in the second Red Bull, reporting “quite a bit of vibrations” – and his quickest lap was eight tenths slower than Bottas’ effort.

Perez was beaten to fourth place by his former team-mate Esteban Ocon, who continues Alpine’s strong Friday form this year.

AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly was sixth-fastest ahead of the Alpine of Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin.

Completing the top 10 was McLaren’s Lando Norris and Lance Stroll in the second Aston Martin.

The Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz found themselves outside of the top 10 in 11th and 12th places respectively.

Daniel Ricciardo’s fastest effort was over four tenths slower than his McLaren team-mate Norris in 13th place, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen – returning to the cockpit of his Alfa Romeo after Robert Kubica drove his car in FP1.

F1 rookie Yuki Tsunoda missed all but the final two minutes of the session after his FP1 shunt. His AlphaTauri team raced to repair his car and did so with just over two minutes of the session remaining. He set one flying lap to finish the session in 17th place.

Practice 2 Results

Pos Name Car Best Time Gap Leader
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m17.012s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m17.039s +0.027s
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1m17.31s +0.298s
4 Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 1m17.759s +0.747s
5 Sergio Pérez Red Bull-Honda 1m17.824s +0.812s
6 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 1m18.113s +1.101s
7 Fernando Alonso Alpine-Renault 1m18.169s +1.157s
8 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin-Mercedes 1m18.228s +1.216s
9 Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 1m18.313s +1.301s
10 Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes 1m18.32s +1.308s
11 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m18.37s +1.358s
12 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1m18.441s +1.429s
13 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren-Mercedes 1m18.737s +1.725s
14 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m19.277s +2.265s
15 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1m19.292s +2.28s
16 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1m19.479s +2.467s
17 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Honda 1m19.671s +2.659s
18 Mick Schumacher Haas-Ferrari 1m19.817s +2.805s
19 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m20.186s +3.174s
20 Nikita Mazepin Haas-Ferrari 1m21.881s +4.869s

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