FP2: Vettel heads Red Bulls

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As if it was to not let Red Bull think they'd have it easy this weekend, Sebastian Vettel set the fastest Friday time at Hungary as teams brought out the faster tyres and completed short and long runs. The Bulls and Raikkonen weren't far off though with the top three packed within 3 tenths of a second.

The gap behind the top 4 also seemed to suggest the remainder of the weekend will be a fight between Ferrari and Red Bull, but Mercedes aren't that are off as the timing sheet makes one believe. On their ultra soft tyres, neither Mercedes driver managed to complete a clean lap. On the ideal moment for a quick lap, Hamilton went wide in Turn 4 while Valtteri Bottas missed a turn in sector 2 after setting a purple first sector. Their offs though suggest the balance issues from the morning hadn't been resolved just yet.

Romain Grosjean was again 7th fastest, followed by Sainz in the Renault. Pierre Gasly put Toro Rosso in the top tean, along with Esteban Ocon, who might have brought some solace to the ailing Force India Team that apparently went into administration today.

Marcus Ericsson continued his struggle with his Sauber Ferrari, going off on the medium tyres in sector 2 after having done the same twice in FP1 as well. McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne meanwhile was lucky to not crash his MCL33 into the wall after he clipped the grass and spun off at high speed. The tarmac run-off brough him to a halt rapidly enough, but at the cost of his set of ultra soft tyres.

With rain expected for Saturday's qualifying, nothing is decided yet.

Results

Pos.No.DriverCarTimeGapLaps
15Sebastian VettelFerrari1:16.834-45
233Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing TAG Heuer1:16.908+0.074s35
33Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing TAG Heuer1:17.061+0.227s36
47Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:17.153+0.319s40
544Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:17.587+0.753s43
677Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:17.868+1.034s46
78Romain GrosjeanHaas Ferrari1:18.065+1.231s39
855Carlos SainzRenault1:18.495+1.661s38
910Pierre GaslyScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:18.518+1.684s43
1031Esteban OconForce India Mercedes1:18.761+1.927s41
1111Sergio PerezForce India Mercedes1:18.850+2.016s42
1214Fernando AlonsoMcLaren Renault1:18.857+2.023s38
1320Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:18.880+2.046s35
1427Nico HulkenbergRenault1:18.913+2.079s23
1528Brendon HartleyScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:18.916+2.082s41
169Marcus EricssonSauber Ferrari1:19.043+2.209s42
1716Charles LeclercSauber Ferrari1:19.137+2.303s38
1818Lance StrollWilliams Mercedes1:19.645+2.811s45
192Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren Renault1:19.712+2.878s38
2035Sergey SirotkinWilliams Mercedes1:19.770+2.936s45