Hamilton completes Friday clean-sweep with fastest in second practice


Lewis Hamilton continued his domination of the opening day of running in Hungary with fastest in second practice.

The 2008 champion, who topped Friday morning’s session, posted a best time of 1:24.482 on the soft tyres to head his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg at the head of the time sheets by two tenths of a second.

Sebastian Vettel, who was fastest early on, ended practice third fastest for Red Bull, six tenths down on the Mercedes duo on the qualifying runs, and unable to match Hamilton and Rosberg on the long runs late in the session.

Fernando Alonso was fourth, ahead of McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen and his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, as well as Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull.

Williams expects to struggle this weekend at the Hungaroring, and Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa found themselves just eight and tenth fastest, the McLaren of Jenson Button sandwiched between the pair.

The two Toro Rossos were 11th and 12th, Daniil Kvyat just edging out his team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg in the first of the Force Indias.

The German’s team-mate Sergio Perez was just 15th, behind Sauber’s Adrian Sutil, and ahead of the struggling Lotus cars of Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean.

The Venezuelan spun early on while Grosjean spent most of the session in the garage after a cooling leak, which limited him to just 17 laps across the 90-minute session.

Kamui Kobayashi was 19th, the best of the back markers, ahead of the two Marussias of Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton, while his Caterham team-mate Marcus Ericsson propped up the field.

Image courtesy of Mercedes AMG PETRONAS


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