Hungarian GP

Rosberg regains lead after Hamilton crash in FP2

A crash for Lewis Hamilton in the second practice session meant the day could be left all square between the Mercedes drivers, Nico Rosberg heading the session and closing out another day of dominance for the Mercedes team.

The talking point of the day was the crash by Lewis Hamilton after completing just four laps in the ninety minute session. The British World Champion lost control of the Mercedes at turn 11, hitting the barrier side on and meaning he would have to end the day early, and given the impact make a visit to the medical centre although he was uninjured. It red flagged the session for a while as the marshals repaired the barrier.

It left Rosberg on a free reign to take the fastest time in the session, a 1:20.4 for the Mercedes driver and six tenths faster than his nearest challenger – the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo. Only Sebastian Vettel and Ricciardo were within a second of the leading Mercedes, with Max Verstappen in fourth and a low-lapped Lewis Hamilton in fifth. Kimi Raikkonen was a tenth back in sixth, the top three teams remaining at the top of the order.

They showed some pace during the morning session, and given the lower speed nature of the Hungaroring McLaren once again were firmly in the top ten. It wasn’t without its woe again, with Fernando Alonso having an engine change after an error was found between the sessions. Force India would round out the top ten positions.

Having brought a raft of front wings with them this weekend, Williams couldn’t get to grips with the high downforce track and were down in 12th and 14th.

1. N. Rosberg Mercedes 01:20.435 45
2. D. Ricciardo Red Bull 01:21.030 36
3. S. Vettel Ferrari 01:21.348 31
4. M. Verstappen Red Bull 01:21.770 35
5. L. Hamilton Mercedes 01:21.960 4
6. K. Raikkonen Ferrari 01:22.058 46
7. F. Alonso McLaren 01:22.328 21
8. J. Button McLaren 01:22.387 34
9. N. Hulkenberg Force India 01:22.449 41
10. S. Perez Force India 01:22.653 38
11. E. GutiƩrrez Haas 01:22.673 38
12. F. Massa Williams 01:22.681 39
13. C. Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 01:22.689 24
14. V. Bottas Williams 01:22.773 38
15. R. Grosjean Haas 01:22.864 28
16. D. Kvyat Toro Rosso 01:22.948 43
17. K. Magnussen Renault 01:23.347 41
18. M. Ericsson Sauber 01:23.437 36
19. J. Palmer Renault 01:23.528 12
20. F. Nasr Sauber 01:23.986 31
21. P. Wehrlein Manor 01:23.992 22
22. R. Haryanto Manor 01:24.265 36

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