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.

X44 Racing win 2022 Extreme E championship as Abt Cupra score first race victory

2022 Extreme E Uruguay
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Abt Cupra Racing’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and Klara Andersson scored their first win in the Extreme E Energy X Prix in the 2022 finale in Uruguay as Lewis Hamilton’s X44 Vida Carbon Racing drivers Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutierrez survived a chaotic finale to edge the 2021 champion Rosberg X Prix team of Johan Kristoffersson and Mikhaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky, by two points.

“There are so many emotions,” Andersson said in Extreme E’s coverage. “I’ve been waiting for this for so long. In my second race, first full weekend to be at the top of the podium: it’s big.”

Andersson was behind the wheel at the finish.

Rosberg Racing entered the event with a 17-point advantage over X44, but the standings were close enough that four teams remained in contention in Round 5.

“It’s a crucial weekend for us,” Loeb said in Extreme E’s coverage prior to the race. “We are not in the best position to win the championship, but the only thing we can do is try to win the race and score as many points as possible.”

The top two title contenders each crashed in qualification and were relegated to the Crazy Race, Extreme E’s version of the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). For the moment, they had the steepest hill to climb, but then the other two championship contending teams, Chip Ganassi Racing and Acciona Sainz Racing failed to advance from their heats.

Only one team advances from the Crazy Race, so the X44 drivers were in a must-win situation to simply keep hope alive.

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Ahlin-Kottulinsky and Gutierrez ran wheel to wheel into the first turn at the start of the LCQ.

The Rosberg racer experienced crash damage in that turn that damaged her front steering, but managed to limp back to the pits at the end of her two-lap stint. The team attempted to fix the steering, but incurred a penalty for having too many mechanics in the pit area.

Meanwhile, Gutierrez took the early lead, but knew she would need to sit through a five-second penalty for an incident earlier in the weekend. The female half of the gender equal pair erased the penalty by entering the Switch Zone with a five-second lead before turning the car over to Loeb.

That was all the nine-time World Rally Championship titlist needed to give him the advantage needed to win the Crazy Race.

But the championship was not over yet. X44 Racing needed to finish third or better in the five-car finale to earn enough points for the title and after advancing from the LCQ, they were forced to take the worst grid position.

A chaotic start to the Finale saw Loeb run as high the lead and low as fourth after getting pushed off course during his first lap. And that is how he entered to Switch Zone.

On her first lap, Gutierrez slammed into Molly Taylor. With one lap remaining, X44 and Gutierrez were still in fourth and the title hope was quickly evaporating, but it was announced halfway through the lap that the third-running Andretti United team would suffer a penalty for a Switch Zone infraction. The seven-second deduction for Timmy Hansen braking too late in the zone made the difference in the title.

Coming off a disappointing Copper X Prix when Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour crossed under the checkers first, but were relegated to fifth by penalty, the McLaren pair scored their first podium of the season in second.