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.