F1: Hamilton Sets the Practice Pace in Hungary With Red Bull Pair Close Behind

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BUDAPEST, Hungary – official series release — Mercedes photo —

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton set the pace in Friday’s second Formula One practice in Hungary, but the Red Bulls of Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo were his closest challengers – despite Ricciardo’s car having engine issues.

Kvyat’s best lap was three-tenths down on Hamilton’s, with Ricciardo a further two tenths back. Nico Rosberg, fourth fastest in the second Mercedes and .7 of a second off his teammate, was the only other man to get within a second of the World Champion’s leading time.

Kimi Raikkonen was the front-running Ferrari in fifth, separated from teammate Sebastian Vettel by the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz. Fernando Alonso was an encouraging eighth for McLaren, with the Williams of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa completing the top 10.

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Daniel Ricciardo’s RB11 came to a smoky halt, suffering an engine failure during FP2 at the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix. (Sutton Motorsport Images photo)

It was Hamilton who looked the most hooked up however, as the Briton – a four-time winner in Hungary – set the fastest time of one minute, 26.132 seconds on the medium tires and then did likewise on the softs with 1:23.949.

Kvyat and Ricciardo sprang surprises with 1:24.300 and 1:24.451 respectively, although it remains to be seen what fuel loads the top teams were running. The day also ended on a slightly downbeat note when Ricciardo ground to a halt, smoke spewing from his Renault engine, at the end of the session – although it was not his race engine, meaning the rest of his weekend will not be affected.

In the opening round of practice, Hamilton hit a lap of 1:25.141, a tenth better than Rosberg, but the session was marred by a spectacular flip for Sergio Perez.

Perez was unhurt in the incident, but sat out the second round of hot laps.

CREDIT: Formula One

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