Hamilton tops second practice in Hungary ahead of Rosberg

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Lewis Hamilton has picked up where he left off in FP1 by finishing fastest in the second free practice session for this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver posted a fastest lap time of 1:24.482 to finish two-tenths of a second clear of teammate Nico Rosberg at the top of the timesheets, as the Silver Arrows dominated proceedings once again in practice at the Hungaroring.

The session took place under sunny skies on the outskirts of Budapest, and saw drivers complete one-lap qualifying simulations in tandem with their long runs in preparation for the race on Sunday. In both trims, Mercedes was the dominant force, and was rarely bothered by the chasing pack during the session.

Sebastian Vettel finished as the best of the rest for Red Bull, and did lead for a short period of time after his first option tire run. The German driver pulled out an impressive gap over teammate Daniel Ricciardo, who could only finish seventh on Friday afternoon.

Fernando Alonso finished fourth for Ferrari, showing signs of good pace at the track where he claimed his first race win. The Scandanavian duo of Kevin Magnussen and Kimi Raikkonen finished behind him in fifth and sixth place respectively.

Williams improved on its poor FP1 result to get both of its cars inside the top ten. Valtteri Bottas finished eighth for the British team, followed by McLaren’s Jenson Button and teammate Felipe Massa.

Mercedes is clearly the team to beat once again this weekend, although both Rosberg and Hamilton were reporting problems towards the end of the session. Further back, there is an interesting battle developing between Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren and Williams for the final podium position which should make for a great race on Sunday.

The next opportunity the drivers will get to head out on track is in the final practice session tomorrow morning. You can watch the session live on Live Extra and online from 5am ET.

If you missed the session live, or just want to watch FP2 again, be sure to tune in to NBCSN at 12pm ET today for the encore.

MRTI: Juncos signs Carlos Cunha for Pro Mazda campaign

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Juncos Racing continued to bolster its entries in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires by signing Carlos Cunha to pilot a third Juncos Pro Mazda entry for 2018. Cunha, who finished third in the 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season on the back of seven podium finishes, joins Rinus VeeKay and Robert Megennis in Juncos’ Pro Mazda lineup for 2018.

Cunha previously tested with the team at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in October and joined Juncos for the Chris Griffis Memorial test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in November, testing cars for both the Pro Mazda and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires teams.

“It’s great to become a part of Juncos Racing,” said the 18-year-old Cunha. “I am really excited to start the 2018 season with Juncos Racing. This fall we did some testing together and from there I was able to see how focused everyone on the team is and I even felt like I became a part of their family in no time. I am confident we will get great results together next year and I look forward to learning and growing more with the team. It will be a huge pleasure and also a great responsibility to carry the number one on my car, thanks to (2017 Pro Mazda champion Victor Franzoni) and I hope to deliver it back to the team at the end of the year!”

Team owner Ricardo Juncos added, “We are excited to add Carlos to our Pro Mazda lineup. From the moment we started testing with him in early October, we knew he would be a great fit for our team. Carlos has been very quick in testing and even had an impressive showing in the Indy Lights car at the Chris Griffis test back in October. He had a great run this past season in the Pro Mazda series and we are confident he will carry that momentum into the 2018 season.”

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