Vettel sets the pace, Kubica makes F1 return – Test Day Two Report

Kubica clocks high mileage on test return

Hungarian In-Season Test – Sebastian Vettel completed a second table-topping day for Ferrari whilst the returning Robert Kubica went fourth fastest.

All eyes were on Renault for the second day of testing as Robert Kubica participated in his first official Formula One outing since his rallying crash in 2011.

Having taken over from Nicolas Latifi for the second day of the in-season test at the Hungaroring, Kubica completed 142 laps – over two Hungarian Grand Prix race distances – to quell fears about fitness behind the wheel of a Formula One car.

His best time – set on ultrasoft tyres – was 1.4 seconds slower than Vettel’s benchmark, with the Ferrari man using the supersoft tyres to register a 1:17.124 in the morning session, before handing over to Kimi Raikkonen.

In turn, Raikkonen was several tenths away from Vettel’s morning pace en route to third place, although their respective testing schedules were not known.

Separating the two Ferrari drivers was the sole McLaren of Lando Norris, who threatened Vettel’s time late on. The 17-year-old Briton set a time one-quarter of a second off the pace whilst equipped with ultrasoft tyres.

Kubica’s fourth-placed time was followed by the two Toro Rossos. Both Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat set times less than two seconds off the pace.

Force India once again split the testing duties between Lucas Auer and Nikita Mazepin, with the pair finishing the day in seventh and ninth respectively.

Separating them was George Russell, who took part in his second consecutive test day with the Mercedes team, racking up another 90 laps.

Red Bull Racing’s Pierre Gasly was tenth ahead of the day’s busiest driver Williams’ Luca Ghiotto – who completed 161 laps, whilst Santino Ferrucci (Haas) and Nobuharu Matsushita (Sauber) completed the order.

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Luke Murphy

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