Merc, Rosberg lead FP2; Hamilton crashes


Friday’s practice sessions started off with resuming normalcy with Mercedes finding pace on a track that many believe is a Red Bull play ground. It did become apparent that Red Bull are challenging Ferrari for dominance in Hungary as Daniel Ricciardo set the pace ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel but both trailed Nico Rosberg and Mercedes.

Lewis Hamilton looked on pace as well before spinning into the barrier and criticizing the new curbing at the circuit:

“I think I put my rear wheel slightly over the white line and touched that kerb and they’re very, very slippery,” said Hamilton.

“I don’t know why they’ve actually put them there. It was fine the way it was before.

“I don’t put it down to the track, it was obviously me, I put the wheel in the wrong place.

“It’s a shame that sometimes they do these things. I don’t know why. We had these old kerbs before and where I went off there was a nice little small lip, it was fantastic.

“It worked for so many years and then they decided to change it. I assume they’ve just got so much money that they needed to spend it.”

It is now a major talking point that seems to be bubbling to the surface with the track limits in Austria and other circuits that the drivers are putting all four wheels over. This weekend will see a new electronic monitoring systems on two turns in Hungary.

The press have been somewhat sympathetic the FIA’s attempt to keep the drivers inside the white lines but with the curbs and white line policing biting Lewis, perhaps Sky Sports F1 will begin a campaign to get them removed…like the radio ban. I JEST!

1Nico RosbergMercedes1m20.435s45
2Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault1m21.030s0.595s36
3Sebastian VettelFerrari1m21.348s0.913s31
4Max VerstappenRed Bull/Renault1m21.770s1.335s35
5Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m21.960s1.525s4
6Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1m22.058s1.623s46
7Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Honda1m22.328s1.893s21
8Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Honda1m22.387s1.952s34
9Nico HulkenbergForce India/Mercedes1m22.449s2.014s41
10Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1m22.653s2.218s38
11Esteban GutierrezHaas/Ferrari1m22.673s2.238s38
12Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes1m22.681s2.246s39
13Carlos SainzToro Rosso/Ferrari1m22.689s2.254s24
14Valtteri BottasWilliams/Mercedes1m22.773s2.338s38
15Romain GrosjeanHaas/Ferrari1m22.864s2.429s28
16Daniil KvyatToro Rosso/Ferrari1m22.948s2.513s43
17Kevin MagnussenRenault1m23.347s2.912s41
18Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari1m23.437s3.002s36
19Jolyon PalmerRenault1m23.528s3.093s12
20Felipe NasrSauber/Ferrari1m23.986s3.551s31
21Pascal WehrleinManor/Mercedes1m23.992s3.557s22
22Rio HaryantoManor/Mercedes1m24.265s3.830s36


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If it had been the other Mercedes that had crashed, would we have been subject to a raft of stories about Rosberg cracking under pressure?
I find it odd that the driver that has been in the lead of the title race for the whole season is constantly being reported as the team’s number two driver who is lucky to retain his seat. The bias in the UK media seems to be getting worse each year.


So true Dave. I listened to the 5 Live preview show, 50 mins long, nearly half of it given to praising Hamilton, and sniping at Rosberg because he doesn’t interview well for them.
A bit about Ricciardo and Verstappen, and not much else.
Of course is the key question is……is the ‘they’ that resurfaced the circuit the same as the ‘they’ who put 5 of Rosbergs mechanics onto Hamiltons car????? I think the UK media should get onto that one.


Are the radio rules that so obviously were unfair for Hamilton in Baku the same as those that rightly penalised Rosberg in Silverstone for blatantly cheating?


No, the radio rules in Baku were clearly being applied to prevent racing (because before that incident the lower placed merc was running faster than the higher placed merc), whereas in Silverstone they were blatently flaunted to keep allow a lame duck to keep running (because before that incident the lower placed merc was running faster than the higher placed merc…….oh wait……)


You can add Alonso to the list…