Hamilton on top again in second Hungary practice

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Lewis Hamilton continued his strong start to the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend by finishing quickest in the second free practice session on Friday afternoon.

After topping FP1 in the morning at the Hungaroring, the defending Formula 1 world champion finished three-tenths of a second clear of Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat at the top of the timesheets with a fastest lap time of 1:23.949.

Kvyat emerged as a surprise challenger to Hamilton during the qualifying simulations in the first half of the session, and with Daniel Ricciardo underpinning Red Bull’s pace in third, it appeared that the team had made a big step forwards.

However, the team’s optimism was dashed when Ricciardo suffered an engine failure during the final 20 minutes of the session, bringing out a late red flag.

Nico Rosberg failed to put up much of a fight to Hamilton in the sister Mercedes in FP2, fading to fourth place at the end of the session ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Carlos Sainz Jr.

Ricciardo was not the only driver to be hit with a problem during the session, though. After surviving an early spin, Sebastian Vettel was forced to park up his Ferrari in the garage due to an issue on the car. He eventually finished the session in seventh.

McLaren showed signs of improved pace during FP2 as Fernando Alonso finished eighth ahead of Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa. Jenson Button finished P12 in the sister McLaren, rounding off a good day for the British team.

After missing FP1 to make way for reserve driver Jolyon Palmer, Romain Grosjean returned for FP2 and finished 14th in spite of a spin. Force India opted not to run during the session whilst it continued to investigate the cause of Sergio Perez’s crash in the morning.

IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold