Sebastian Vettel tops the afternoon practice session for the Hungarian grand prix
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News July 27, 2018 Updated: 11:59 AM PT
BUDAPEST, Hungary — Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished on top in the second free practice session ahead of Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
“We can still improve, but this has been one of the best Fridays so far, technically speaking,” Vettel said.
Vettel finished with a time of 1:16.834 edging out Red Bull’s Max Verstappen by 0.074s in second. The combination of low and high speed corners play right into the strengths of the RB14 as they look to fight for a good result before the summer break.
Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo finished 0.153s behind Verstappen in third ahead of Vettel’s teammate Kimi Raikkonen in fourth.
The Mercedes pair of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas continued to struggle with balance in the afternoon session with Hamilton finishing fifth and Bottas in sixth.
Romain Grosjean kept things consistent repeating his morning session and finishing in seventh and 0.430s ahead of Renault’s Carlos Sainz in eighth. Pierre Gasly finished ninth ahead of the Force Indias of Esteban Ocon and teammate Sergio Perez in 10th and 11th.
Fernando Alonso finished 12th for McLaren ahead of Kevin Magnussen who finished 13th in the second Haas. Nico Hulkenberg tried to make up for time after the morning session where he was forced to retire due to an energy store issue. Hulkenberg missed a considerable amount of time in the afternoon session leaving him to finish 14th.
Brendon Hartley took 15th for Toro Rosso with Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson,who suffered another spin just as he did in the morning session, finished the afternoon in 16th.
Teammate Charles Leclerc returned for the afternoon session after Antonio Giovinazzi took his C37 out for spin in the morning. Leclerc finished just 0.094s behind teammate Ericsson in 17th. Lance Stroll finished 18th for Williams.
Stoffel Vandoorne had a scary moment after losing his car at Turn 5. The Belgian driver managed to stop his car just before making contact with the barrier. In hopes of improving his performance, the team fitted Vandoorne’s car with a replacement chassis but finished the afternoon 19th and was 0.855s behind his teammate Alonso.
Stroll’s teammate Sergey Sirotkin finished out the final place on the timesheet in 20th.