Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was fastest in a wet second practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix, the German was two tenths ahead of the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas. The session saw limited running because of the weather, with only thirteen drivers taking to the track.
Ferrari has brought the remaining parts of there upgrades to the Hungaroring in a bid to try and close the gap to Mercedes and Red Bull, however the fact it’s a low speed and high downforce circuit doesn’t mean they have managed to close the gap.
McLaren’s Carlos Sainz was third fastest in what will be an unrepresentative session. That put him ahead of the Racing Point’s of Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez, while Pierre Gasly was sixth fastest after sitting out FP1 because of technical problems.
Although the track was not as wet as it was in the abandoned third practice in Styria on Saturday, drivers waited twenty minutes until heading out. Perez set the early pace on extreme wets of a 43.862, with his teammate going a second slower. On his next lap he locked up going into the chicane, leaving Stroll fastest.
Bottas was the only Mercedes to set a time going second on his first lap, before losing time in the second sector on his next lap meaning he did not manage to improve. Teammate Lewis Hamilton only completed an installation lap on the inters and did not set a time.
Max Verstappen went seventh fastest, setting his fastest time in the closing minutes of the session going ahead of Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen, who both had off track excursions.
Charles Leclerc was three seconds slower than Vettel, the Monacan complaining about the rear of his car. The other drivers to set a time were Antonio Giovinazzi, Lando Norris and Daniil Kvyat.
The wet weather continuing into Saturday, which could create the prospect of a second consecutive rain-hit qualifying session. It will mean also that the teams will head into the race on Sunday with only one dry session to work from.
There was no real long runs, but however, the last two weekends have created an ultra-tight midfield. Qualifying will be of extra importance as overtaking around the Hungaroring can be tricky, being on track a described sometimes as a street circuit without the barriers.