Hungarian Grand Prix: Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo stays on top in FP2
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News July 28, 2017 Updated: 9:56 PM
Photo: Red Bull Racing
HUNGARORING Mogyoród, Hungary -- Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo finished on top once again in the second free practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Ricciardo ran a time of 1:18.455. Putting him 0.183s ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in second followed by Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas in third. As Red Bull hopes to join in on the fight for Saturday’s pole position.
“I can’t complain with that day after topping both sessions, it’s nice. We obviously brought some updates here and they seem to be working, I definitely feel like we have found some grip in various areas and taken a step in the right direction,” said Ricciardo.
Vettel’s teammate Kimi Raikkonen finished fourth but stayed close to the Mercedes with less than a tenth of a second separating them.
With the warm weather and high track temps making it difficult for the tires to find grip, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton had a hard time hooking up a good lap. He finished fifth place at the end of the day.
Ricciardo’s teammate Max Verstappen finishend the second practice session in sixth with Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg in seventh. McLaren-Honda’s Fernando Alonso finished eighth with Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz slipping in between the two McLarens in ninth. Alonso’s teammate Stoffel Vandoorne finished in tenth.
Eleventh and 12th went to the Force India’s Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez while 13th and 14th went to Daniil Kvyat in the second Toro Rosso and Williams driver Lance Stroll. Fifteenth was taken up by Stroll’s teammate Felipe Massa.
Bad luck continued for Jolyon Palmer. He finished 16th after triggering a red flag when he lost the rear of his car on the entry to turn 14 resulting him spinning into the barriers.
Haas’ Kevin Magnussen, who finished 17th, didn’t get much time out on track as he was waiting for repairs to be made to his car after test reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi crashed it during the morning practice session.
“It’s been a tough day not getting much out of the Friday sessions. I only got a couple of laps at the end of FP2 on low fuel. So, we don’t have a great feeling for things at the moment but, hopefully, I’ll catch up a bit tomorrow. For sure, it’s going to make things a little bit difficult,” said Magnussen.
Magnussen’s teammate Romain Grosjean took 18th. Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson finished 19th followed by teammate Pascal Wehrlein who ended the day 20th but had a scary moment when he made heavy contact with the wall at Turn 11. Wehrlein walked away and was later cleared by the circuit doctors.
“Of course, I am disappointed about having crashed into the barrier during FP2 – fortunately, I am feeling ok,” said Wehrlein.