FP2: Leclerc demonstrates Ferrari's pace at the Hungaroring to top second practice

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Ferrari's Charles Leclerc posted an eye-catching lap time of 1m18.445s to top the second practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix with McLaren's Lando Norris taking a surprising second place. F1Technical's Balázs Szabó reports on Free Practice 2 from the Hungaroring paddock.

The opening part of the second practice started differently compared to the opening session as the majority of the drivers rolled out on Pirelli’s medium compound. Ferrari racer Charles Leclerc was incredibly fast out of the box, dipping below the 1m19s mark on the yellow-banded compound.

When drivers changed to the soft compound for their qualifying simulation, the Monegasque recorded a time of 1m18.445s to put himself on the top of Free Practice 2. Interestingly, the five-time race winner was unable to find such an improvement as the majority of his rivals, but it was still enough to beat the efforts of McLaren’s Lando Norris, who delivered a surprising result, going only two tenths of a second slower than the absolute benchmark.

Ferrari’s Spanish driver Carlos Sainz took third, edging reigning world champion Max Verstappen and McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo.

The close battle between Alpine, Aston Martin continued with Mercedes and Alfa Romeo joining the fray. Fernando Alonso claimed P6 ahead of Sebastian Vettel while Mercedes struggled for pace with George Russell and Lewis Hamilton ending the session down in P8 and P11 respectively.

Alfa Romeo driver Valtteri Bottas finally got behind the wheel of his car this evening after the Finn handed over his car to Robert Kubica in the opening session. The Nastola-born driver took 10th with his team mate Zhou Guanyu ending the session two places behind.

AlphaTauri delivered a promising performance in the opening session, but they were unable to match the pace of the leading midfield teams. Pierre Gasly took 15th while his team mate Yuki Tsunoda finished down in the second-to-last position.

It has been an important day for Haas as they evaluated their brand-new package on Kevin Magnussen’s car. However, the Dane was only able to set the 16th fastest time followed by his team mate Mick Schumacher.

For the Williams squad, it has been an unusual session as Nicholas Latifi was the faster driver with the Canadian taking 18th and Albon ending the session down in the last position.

116Charles LeclercFerrari1:18.44526
24Lando NorrisMclaren Mercedes1:18.662+0.217s28
355Carlos SainzFerrari1:18.676+0.231s29
41Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Rbpt1:18.728+0.283s25
53Daniel RicciardoMclaren Mercedes1:18.872+0.427s26
614Fernando AlonsoAlpine Renault1:19.049+0.604s29
75Sebastian VettelAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:19.253+0.808s31
863George RussellMercedes1:19.355+0.910s28
911Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Rbpt1:19.397+0.952s28
1077Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:19.411+0.966s30
1144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:19.547+1.102s22
1224Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:19.605+1.160s26
1331Esteban OconAlpine Renault1:19.614+1.169s26
1418Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:19.702+1.257s29
1510Pierre GaslyAlphatauri Rbpt1:19.730+1.285s27
1620Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:19.818+1.373s28
1747Mick SchumacherHaas Ferrari1:19.985+1.540s27
186Nicholas LatifiWilliams Mercedes1:20.488+2.043s29
1922Yuki TsunodaAlphatauri Rbpt1:20.521+2.076s30
2023Alexander AlbonWilliams Mercedes1:20.615+2.170s20