Ricciardo stays ahead in second session at Hungary

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Daniel Ricciardo continued to set the pace in the second practice session of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend. The Australian Red Bull driver already topped the times in FP1, and this time proved faster than Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari SF70-H.

While Sebastian Vettel appeared to have found a better set-up for his Ferrari that the unbalanced setting it was in during FP1, Valtteri Bottas edged closer to the pace setter as well.

Kimi Raikkonen put the second Ferrari in 4th, a tiny bit faster than F1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton. Max Verstappen in 6th was still less than half a second down on Ricciardo's pace.

Behind the top three teams however, a increasing gap emerged, with 7th fastest Hulkenberg 1.259s slower than Ricciardo, and therefore 7 tenths behind Verstappen. The German topped McLaren's Fernando Alonso in a tight midfield pack. Carlos Sainz was 9th and Vandoorne made sure both McLaren Honda cars remained in the top 10. The latter was however told to return his car slowly to the pits at the end of the session, in light of a suspected mechanical issue.

The session was stopped twice yet again. Pascal Wehrlein was the first to cause a stoppage by crashing his Sauber C36 heavily into the barriers at Turn 11. The car itself was badly damaged while the German escape unscathed.

Just 10 minutes later, Jolyon Palmer crashed in the final corner, adding to his earlier off in FP1.

Results

Pos.No.DriverCarTimeGapLaps
13Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing TAG Heuer1:18.455-32
25Sebastian VettelFerrari1:18.638+0.183s28
377Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:18.656+0.201s33
47Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:18.755+0.300s28
544Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:18.779+0.324s31
633Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing TAG Heuer1:18.951+0.496s25
727Nico HulkenbergRenault1:19.714+1.259s33
814Fernando AlonsoMcLaren Honda1:19.815+1.360s31
955Carlos SainzToro Rosso1:19.834+1.379s35
102Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren Honda1:19.909+1.454s18
1131Esteban OconForce India Mercedes1:20.126+1.671s34
1211Sergio PerezForce India Mercedes1:20.266+1.811s33
1326Daniil KvyatToro Rosso1:20.577+2.122s37
1418Lance StrollWilliams Mercedes1:20.791+2.336s31
1519Felipe MassaWilliams Mercedes1:20.869+2.414s22
1630Jolyon PalmerRenault1:21.175+2.720s12
1720Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:21.345+2.890s11
188Romain GrosjeanHaas Ferrari1:21.504+3.049s25
199Marcus EricssonSauber Ferrari1:21.559+3.104s31
2094Pascal WehrleinSauber Ferrari1:21.722+3.267s16