Rosberg quickest as Hamilton crashes

Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg set a blistering pace to top the times in practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver took advantage of a crash for team-mate Lewis Hamilton to post the fastest time of the weekend in Practice 2.

Rosberg, who has signed a new two-year deal with the Brackley squad, clocked a 1:20.435s on the super-soft tyres to end the day on top.

Title rival Hamilton had set the pace in opening practice but was restricted to just four laps in the afternoon session.

The reigning world champion suffered a high speed spin at Turn 11 which resulted in contact with the barriers, bringing out the red flags.

The Brit managed to limp back to the pits but he failed to reappear in the session.

Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo emerged as the best of the rest just 0.5s slower than Rosberg on the super-soft tyres.

The Australian believes his pace is genuine as he targets a podium finish this weekend.

“We are looking pretty good but we would like to be a bit closer to Mercedes,” said Ricciardo.

“We are sitting second best and I think we are more or less where we expected to be. If we can keep our nose in front that would be nice.”

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was third fastest albeit almost a second shy of Rosberg on the same rubber.

The sister Red Bull of Max Verstappen was fourth ahead of Hamilton, who set his personal best on the soft compound tyres before the crash.

Kimi Raikkonen ended the day in sixth in front of the McLaren duo of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, who showed encouraging pace for the Woking squad.

Force India rounded out the top 10 with Nico Hulkenberg edging team-mate Sergio Perez.

Haas F1’s Esteban Gutierrez finished in 11th, while Williams struggled for speed with Felipe Massa only managing a time good enough for 12th position.

Result: Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix Practice 1

Position Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:21.347s 34
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:21.584s +0.237s 34
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:22.991s +1.644s 22
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:23.082s +1.735s 19
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1:23.174s +1.827s 28
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1:23.457s +2.110s 27
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1:23.935s +2.588s 28
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1:23.961s +2.614s 18
9 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1:24.013s +2.666s 22
10 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1:24.073s +2.726s 29
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1:24.120s +2.773s 29
12 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1:24.154s +2.807s 27
13 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1:24.370s +3.023s 33
14 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1:24.579s +3.232s 27
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1:24.981s +3.634s 19
16 Charles Leclerc Haas/Ferrari 1:25.181s +3.834s 22
17 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1:25.256s +3.909s 18
18 Esteban Ocon Renault 1:25.260s +3.913s 28
19 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1:25.324s +3.977s 16
20 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1:27.012s +5.665s 23
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1:27.249s +5.902s 9
22 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:28.560s +7.213s 6

Result: Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix Practice 2

Position Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:20.435s 45
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1:21.030s +0.595s 36
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:21.348s +0.913s 31
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1:21.770s +1.335s 35
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:21.960s +1.525s 4
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:22.058s +1.623s 46
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1:22.328s +1.893s 21
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1:22.387s +1.952s 34
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1:22.449s +2.014s 41
10 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1:22.653s +2.218s 38
11 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1:22.673s +2.238s 38
12 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1:22.681s +2.246s 39
13 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1:22.689s +2.254s 24
14 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1:22.773s +2.338s 38
15 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1:22.864s +2.429s 28
16 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1:22.948s +2.513s 43
17 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1:23.347s +2.912s 41
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1:23.437s +3.002s 36
19 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:23.528s +3.093s 12
20 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1:23.986s +3.551s 31
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1:23.992s +3.557s 22
22 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1:24.265s +3.830s 36

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