Valtteri Bottas led the Formula 1 title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in the second practice session ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix.
> 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.
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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|
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull-Honda||1m17.31s||+0.298s|
|5||Sergio Pérez||Red Bull-Honda||1m17.824s||+0.812s|
|8||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin-Mercedes||1m18.228s||+1.216s|
|10||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin-Mercedes||1m18.32s||+1.308s|
|12||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Ferrari||1m18.441s||+1.429s|
|14||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo-Ferrari||1m19.277s||+2.265s|
|19||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo-Ferrari||1m20.186s||+3.174s|