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Vettel ups the pace to pip Verstappen – FP2 Report

Hungarian Grand Prix – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel bounced back from his German GP mistake to be fastest man at the end of second practice on Friday at the Hungaroring.

Sebastian Vettel has gone quickest in FP2 in Hungary, setting a 1:17.509 on the UltraSoft tyres to beat Max Verstappen’s best time by 0.074 seconds. Verstappen, who had been the early pace-setter initially when the drivers were out on the Soft compound, slotted in behind the Ferrari after his qualifying simulation run on the Ultras.

Daniel Ricciardo took P3 at the end of the session, just a tenth off his teammate and could be heard on the radio during track time to complain about the balance of his RB14.

Kimi Raikkonen was next up. He slotted into P4 with his UltraSoft run yielding a 1:17.153. His lap had the quickest third sector of anybody, suggesting a setup difference between himself and Vettel.

The two Mercedes drivers were P5 & P6 with Lewis Hamilton & Valtteri Bottas respectively. Both made errors on their qualifying simulations, with Bottas aborting his lap after a slide. Hamilton also made a mistake, meaning that the Merc’s best times were set on the Soft tyres.

Romain Grosjean finished P7 and best of the rest for Haas with a 1:18.168, with Renault’s Carlos Sainz in P8 and a further 0.3 off the Haas driver.

Toro Rosso had a good session, with Pierre Gasly finishing P9 ahead of Force India’s Esteban Ocon who rounded out the top ten.

Sergio Perez finished P11 in the other Force India, under a tenth of a second off the pace set by his teammate ahead. Fernando Alonso was P12 in the lead McLaren and drew the wrath of Brendon Hartley as the New Zealander felt he was blocked by the McLaren on two separate occasions.

Kevin Magnussen was P13 in the second Haas, ahead of the second Renault of Nico Hulkenberg. Having had an electrical issue in FP1, the German driver didn’t take to the track at the very start of FP2. He took a precautionary change of Energy Store before heading back out in the afternoon. Brendon Hartley was P15 for Toro Rosso.

Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson recovered from an early-session spin to set 16th fastest time, just under a tenth of a second faster than teammate Charles Leclerc.

That left Williams pairing Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin to take 18th and 20th places, sandwiching the McLaren of Stoffel Vandoorne.

Vandoorne, who has had a chassis change after struggling in the previous two race weekends, spun after touching the grass at the entry to the Turn 5 right-hander on his first qualifying simulation lap and had to rely on his soft-tyre pace for his position.

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