Sebastian Vettel was fastest in the second practice session for this weekend Hungarian Grand Prix. The Ferrari driver was seven-hundredths of a second faster than the Red Bull of Max Verstappen with Daniel Ricciardo third.
Vettel was significantly faster than the Dutchman in sector one after Verstappen lost three tenths in the first two sectors. Verstappen then recovered two of the tenths on his next lap however, that wasn’t enough to challenge Vettel for the top spot.
Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo was third fastest, finishing the session two tenths off Vettel. This weekend Ferrari and Red Bull are expected to hold the advantage over Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton fifth and Valtteri Bottas sixth.
Mercedes struggled to get the Ultrasofts to work on the qualifying simulations and were unable to respond to Vettel who had set his times on the slower soft compound. The team knew going into the weekend, that the car would struggle to match Ferrari and Red Bull.
Hamilton also struggled with the stability of his car, despite getting a clear lap on soft tyres he was unable to improve. Bottas also lost the rear of his car, but he was already down on Vettel in the first two sectors.
Haas’s Romain Grosjean was best of the rest, the Frenchman going four tenths faster than Renaults Carlos Sainz. Grosjean set his fastest time just before the halfway mark. Pierre Gasly managed to drag his Toro Rosso up to ninth ahead of the two Force Indias of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez.
Fernando Alonso was twelfth fastest, two seconds off the overall pace. While Kevin Magnussen was ahead of Renaults Nico Hulkenberg. The Germans running was limited after the team were forced to fit a new energy store.
Hulkenberg will not face penalties as he remains within his allocation, but will face penalties should he need to take another one. Also struggling from engine issues was Kevin Magnussen, the Dane settling for thirteenth.
Marcus Ericsson suffered from a spin early in the session to sixteenth, going under a tenth faster than teammate Charles Leclerc. Sauber appears as they could struggle this weekend, coming off the back of a series of good results.
McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne could only manage nineteenth, he spun his car on his qualifying simulations after getting a wheel onto the grass at turn five.