Rosberg tops second Hungarian GP practice as Hamilton crashes

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Nico Rosberg made the most of Lewis Hamilton’s early crash to top second practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday afternoon.

Hamilton had led every practice session at the Hungaroring since 2013, but was sidelined early on Friday afternoon after spinning into the barrier.

Although Hamilton’s car escaped major damage, Mercedes opted to curtail any further running so it could be stripped down and checked completely.

Rosberg trailed Hamilton by 0.001 seconds after their initial runs, but found plenty more time after making the switch to the super-soft tire for his qualifying simulation.

Rosberg’s time of 1:20.435 was enough to give him P1 at the end of the session by half a second, leaving Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo to settle for second place.

Sebastian Vettel finished third for Ferrari ahead of Max Verstappen in the second Red Bull, while Hamilton’s time was still good enough for P5 despite being 1.5 seconds slower than Rosberg’s.

Kimi Raikkonen ended FP2 sixth for Ferrari, with the McLaren duo of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button following in P7 and P8. Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez rounded out the top 10 for Force India.

Hamilton’s crash and the resulting red flag aside, the session was bereft of major incident. Felipe Nasr’s running came to a smoky end after an engine failure late on, while Carlos Sainz Jr. was forced to stop on track with around 10 minutes remaining due to an issue.

Practice in Hungary continues on Saturday at 5am ET on the NBC Sports app ahead of qualifying at 8am ET.