Vettel puts Ferrari fastest in F1 practice in Hungary

Mat Coch

Saturday 28th July, 2018 - 1:21am

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Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel topped Practice 2 at the Hungaroring to end the opening day’s running fastest ahead of Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Ferrari driver narrowly edged out Max Verstappen’s Red Bull to end the day on top, having been second fastest in the day’s opening session.

Third fastest was Daniel Ricciardo, who had topped the earlier session over Vettel which saw the top three split by less than a tenth of a second.

Lewis Hamilton was the lead Mercedes driver with the fifth fastest time in both sessions, falling from four tenths off the pace in FP1 to three quarters of a second in FP2.

The afternoon’s quicker times came amid hot conditions as drivers performed their qualifying simulations midway through the 90-minute session.

Teams then switched focus to longer runs in an effort to bed down their race strategy.

A problem in opening practice saw Nico Hulkenberg out late in FP2, the team electing to change the German’s energy store.

It meant the Renault driver missed almost half of the second session, completing the fewest laps of any driver en route to 14th fastest.

Renault and Haas looked closely matched at the head of the midfield pack, with Romain Grosjean seventh fastest to take the mantle of best of the rest behind the leading three teams across both sessions.

Antonio Giovinazzi filled Charles Leclerc’s seat at Sauber during opening practice, the Italian the only test driver to take part in the day’s proceedings.

Across the garage, Marcus Ericsson found himself under investigation for an unsafe release late in proceedings after he was called to stop at the end of pit lane.

Both Williams and McLaren struggled, Stoffel Vandoorne in particular languishing down the order some half a second off team-mate Fernando Alonso in FP2 before blowing out to eight tenths in FP2.

The Belgian’s lack of pace in the afternoon was a result of a spin during his qualifying simulation, leaving his fastest lap a time set on the soft compound tyres.

The hot conditions are expected to remain though a chance of rain is set to increase moving towards qualifying on Saturday.

Sunday’s race however is expected to be dry, placing an emphasis on tyre preservation as temperatures soar beyond 30 degrees.

Practice continues on Saturday ahead of qualifying, with a final 60-minute session at 2000 AEST before the elimination style qualifying session at 2300 AEST on Saturday evening.

Result: Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Practice 2

Pos Driver Team Time Diff
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:16.834
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull Renault 1:16.908 +0.074
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Renault 1:17.061 +0.227
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:17.153 +0.319
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:17.587 +0.753
6 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:17.868 +1.034
7 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:18.065 +1.231
8 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:18.495 +1.661
9 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso Honda 1:18.518 +1.684
10 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:18.761 +1.927
11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1:18.850 +2.016
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren Renault 1:18.857 +2.023
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:18.880 +2.046
14 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:18.913 +2.079
15 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso Honda 1:18.916 +2.082
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1:19.043 +2.209
17 Charles Leclerc Sauber Ferrari 1:19.137 +2.303
18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:19.645 +2.811
19 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Renault 1:19.712 +2.878
20 Sergey Sirotkin Williams Mercedes 1:19.770 +2.936

Result: Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Practice 1

Pos Driver Team Time Diff
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Renault 1:17.613
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:17.692 +0.079
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull Renault 1:17.701 +0.088
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:17.948 +0.335
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:18.036 +0.423
6 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:18.470 +0.857
7 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:18.975 +1.362
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:19.025 +1.412
9 Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 1:19.128 +1.515
10 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:19.187 +1.574
11 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso Honda 1:19.352 +1.739
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren Renault 1:19.690 +2.077
13 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso Honda 1:19.841 +2.228
14 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:20.012 +2.399
15 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:20.065 +2.452
16 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Renault 1:20.151 +2.538
17 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1:20.159 +2.546
18 Antonio Giovinazzi Sauber Ferrari 1:20.293 +2.680
19 Sergey Sirotkin Williams Mercedes 1:20.307 +2.694
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1:20.697 +3.084

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