Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly was fastest in second practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix, out pacing his teammate Max Verstappen by five-hundredths of a second before the rain came down.
Teams were eager to get on the track early on to capitalise on the dry conditions. But they were interrupted by the session being red-flagged after three minutes thanks to Alex Albon crashing his Toro Rosso at the final corner.
Albon made a mistake touching the grass before spinning into the barrier at the final corner, admitting it was driver error. Following the delay, the session resumed with light rain falling, however it was not enough to switch to the inters.
The next few minutes provided the best running of the session, with Valtteri Bottas setting his best time an 18.1, leaving him fourth following improvement by Lewis Hamilton, Verstappen and Gasly. Gasly setting his best time on the softs, Verstappen on the mediums and Hamilton on the hards.
No one was able to then improve as the rain started to fall. Verstappen held onto second place with his lap, 0.055s slower, ahead of the two Mercedes drivers, with Hamilton ahead of Bottas.
Bottas was fourth fastest, he was hoping to get some running in after sitting out most of FP1 because of an engine session. He was a tenth slower, however, Hamilton was on the faster medium tyre, with Bottas on the slower hard tyre.
Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo was briefly as high as second with his pace on softs before being shuffled down to fifth fastest, 0.743s off the pace.
Kimi Raikkonen was sixth fastest, ahead of the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc who set his time on the medium tyres. Nico Hulkenberg was eighth almost three-hundredths slower than Ricciardo. That put him ahead of Alfa Romeo of Antonio Giovinazzi and Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso, also on the red-walled tyres.
Romain Grosjean, still running the Australia spec Haas, was eleventh fastest on mediums, 1.195s off the pace ahead of teammate Kevin Magnussen’s upgraded version, running hards.
Sebastian Vettel’s hard run left him thirteenth, over a second off the pace. He had a moment, cutting the Six/Seven chicane. Carlos Sainz was fourteenth a second and a half down, but three tenths ahead of Racing Point’s of Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll.
George Russell was only two seconds off the fastest time. McLaren driver Lando Norris lost track time early on to a minor hydraulic leak that manifested itself when he first went out but did use mediums to go eighteenth.
Robert Kubica was nineteenth and slowest of those to set a time, with Albon not having completed a flying lap before his crash.