Hamilton leads the Red Bulls in second practice

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Lewis Hamilton was fastest again in second practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix, as Red Bull emerged as Mercedes’ closest challenger.

Hamilton, who set the early pace on the medium tyres, clocked a 1m23.949s on the softer Pirelli rubber to beat Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat by three-tenths of a second.

Daniel Ricciardo was third quickest in the second Red Bull, but suffered a late engine failure which force him to park his car at Turn 11, prompting a brief red flag.

Nico Rosberg had to settle for fourth, seven-tenths shy of Hamilton’s session topping time, but ahead of the Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel – who spun twice – in fifth and seventh.

Carlos Sainz Jr. continued Toro Rosso’s early practice form in sixth, three-tenths clear of team-mate Max Verstappen in 11th.

Fernando Alonso was an encouraging eighth for McLaren-Honda, while Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa rounded out the top 10.

Jenson Button lapped 12th quickest in the second McLaren, while the two Lotus team-mates bounced back from a frustrating opening session to finish 13th and 15th on the leaderboard.

Sauber team-mates Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson placed just 14th and 16th, ahead of the two Manors of Roberto Merhi and Will Stevens.

Force India opted not to run in second practice as it continued its investigation into Sergio Perez’s accident from the morning.

This report first appeared on Richland F1 – Image courtesy of Daimler

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