Vettel holds off Bulls in Hungary for FP2

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Sebastian Vettel had a very bad weekend in Germany but he comes to the Hungarian Grand Prix with big expectations. While some have argued that it is a track Mercedes could struggle on, one might think Ferrari are set for clean sailing but the track happens to favor the Red Bull and that’s who set the second and third fastest time of Free Practice 2 on Friday.

Could the Bulls be in for a Monaco-style surprise in Hungary? Can the Ferrari’s keep them behind or will Mercedes find a solution to their lack of pace?

PosDriverCarTimeGapLaps
1Sebastian VettelFerrari1m16.834s45
2Max VerstappenRed Bull/Renault1m16.908s0.074s35
3Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault1m17.061s0.227s36
4Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1m17.153s0.319s40
5Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m17.587s0.753s43
6Valtteri BottasMercedes1m17.868s1.034s46
7Romain GrosjeanHaas/Ferrari1m18.065s1.231s39
8Carlos SainzRenault1m18.495s1.661s38
9Pierre GaslyToro Rosso/Honda1m18.518s1.684s43
10Esteban OconForce India/Mercedes1m18.761s1.927s41
11Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1m18.850s2.016s42
12Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Renault1m18.857s2.023s38
13Kevin MagnussenHaas/Ferrari1m18.880s2.046s35
14Nico HulkenbergRenault1m18.913s2.079s23
15Brendon HartleyToro Rosso/Honda1m18.916s2.082s41
16Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari1m19.043s2.209s42
17Charles LeclercSauber/Ferrari1m19.137s2.303s38
18Lance StrollWilliams/Mercedes1m19.645s2.811s45
19Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren/Renault1m19.712s2.878s38
20Sergey SirotkinWilliams/Mercedes1m19.770s2.936s45
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JakobusVdL

I didn’t get to see FP2, any news on the long run pace of the cars?
That can often give more of an indication of how the race will play out than the single lap time.
Also is Ricciardo subject to more grid penalties after his retirement in Germany?

JakobusVdL

And I thought you were a Delphic Oracle, have I been wrong all these years?

MIE

The lap times from FP2 are here:

https://www.fia.com/file/71224/download?token=2h0r8znh

This doesn’t list which tyres were used. However if anything, Bottas looks marginally faster than Vettel, followed by Verstappen.

Ricciardo has yet to fit any new PU elements, he is using a high mileage early specification unit, and so is likely to be down on power compared to his team-mate.

JakobusVdL

Thank you Delphic Dave. Just by eye, its not easy to pick which has the better pace. It looks like a ‘long run’ at pace is 2 to 6 laps, and that a lot of the drivers run a fast / slow cycle towards the end of each session (before pitting). The top 6 are all showing similar pace, but without knowing the tyres, its hard to know if those times are comparable. Just watching FP3, and the Mercedes looks to be a handful, but they are getting lap times close to Ferrari, with RBR lagging a bit. I’ll have… Read more »