Hamilton sets practice pace as Perez rolls

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton set the benchmark in a heavily interrupted Friday practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The reigning world champion topped the times in both 90 minute sessions at the Hungaroring, with his personal best 1:23.949s arriving on soft tyres in the afternoon hit-out.

Hamilton proved to be 0.3s quicker than the Red Bull of Daniil Kvyat with his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo third, despite the Australian suffering an engine failure which brought out the red flags late in Practice 2.

While Hamilton emerged as the man to beat, Force India created the headlines with the team withdrawing their cars from second practice after a nasty crash for Sergio Perez in the opening session.

Sergio Perez escaped this roll in FP1

Sergio Perez escaped this roll in FP1

Perez suffered a suspected rear suspension problem which pitched the Mexican into the barriers after Turn 11 resulting in the car rolling over.

The former McLaren driver escaped the incident unscathed but the Silverstone outfit elected to withdraw the sister car of Nico Hulkenberg from Practice 2 as a precaution.

The team will investigate the issue as they search for a resolution before Saturday’s third practice session.

Nico Rosberg struggled to match his team-mate Hamilton with the German 0.7s adrift in fourth, while Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen finished fifth quickest.

The Finn brought out the red flags for a second time in FP1 when he suffered a front wing failure.

Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz was sixth fastest ahead of Sebastian Vettel, who encountered two uncharacteristic spins in the second session.

McLaren enjoyed a strong run with Fernando Alonso eighth and team-mate Jenson Button 0.2s slower in 12th position.

The Williams pair of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa rounded out the top 10.

However, it proved to be an eventful day for Lotus with the team unable to make the start of Practice 1 due to a payment dispute with tyre manufacturer Pirelli.

The Italian firm withheld the team’s allocation of tyres until just minutes before the start of the session, which resulted in Pastor Maldonado and test driver Jolyon Palmer clocking 13 laps between them.

Maldonado ended second practice in 13th position with Romain Grosjean in 15th spot.

Result: Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix Practice 2, Hungaroring

Position Driver Team Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:23.949s 36
2 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault +0.351s 29
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault +0.502s 16
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes +0.719s 34
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari +1.185s 30
6 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault +1.650s 37
7 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari +1.711s 26
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda +1.803s 31
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes +1.932s 35
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes +1.971s 31
11 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault +1.986s 19
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda +2.045s 32
13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes +2.141s 36
14 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari +2.430s 36
15 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes +2.493s 39
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari +2.882s 29
17 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari +5.164s 29
18 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 5.166s 28

Result: Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix Practice 1, Hungaroring

Position Driver Team Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:25.141s 18
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes +0.109s 22
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari +0.671s 23
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault +0.912s 20
5 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault +0.929s 17
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari +1.254s 14
7 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault +1.586s 25
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes +1.635s 14
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes +1.684s 19
10 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault +1.793s 27
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda +2.131s 16
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda +2.167s 17
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes +2.176s 11
14 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes +2.240s 19
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari +2.268s 24
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari +2.591s 23
17 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes +3.427s 9
18 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari +4.552s 17
19 Fabio Leimer Marussia/Ferrari 5.490s 18
20 Jolyon Palmer Lotus/Mercedes 4

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