FP2: Leclerc edges Norris to lead second practice at the Hungaroring

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Following the rain-interrupted opening session, Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc topped the second practice at the Hungarian Grand Prix. F1Technical's senior writer Balázs Szabó reports on Free Practice 2 from the Hungaroring paddock.

While the opening practice was interrupted by rain and a heavy crash of Sergio Perez, drivers had much better conditions to cope with in the second one-hour session.

Drivers approached the late afternoon’s outing in very different fashion, using different run plans. In the end, five-time F1 race winner Charles Leclerc ended up fastest with a time 1m17.686s, narrowly beating McLaren’s Lando Norris with Pierre Gasly taking third for Alpine.

Behind the leading trio was AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda, who racked up an impressive tally of 30 laps on his way to P4. The Japanese was only two tenths of a second slower than Leclerc’s benchmark.

His new team-mate Daniel Ricciardo had a cautious approach to his first Friday in 2023, ending up 14th fastest. However, the Australian completed 29 laps which should give him a good platform to build on for the rest of the weekend.

The rest of the top ten included unusual faces with Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu taking 7th and 9th fastest. Nico Hulkenberg put in a strong effort to finish in an impressive P6 in the end.

Following two difficult race weekends, Fernando Alonso put his Aston Martin in P8, notching up a total of 31 laps. His team mate Lance Stroll also had a frantic session behind the wheel as he completed 32 laps on his way to P2 in the standings.

Williams drivers Alexander Albon and Logan Sargeant ended up 13th and 17th quickest, albeit they appeared to carry eye-catching pace in the early part of the session. The American held P1 after a frantic first 20 minutes, but he dropped down the order as his rivals started to put on the red-walled C5 compound.

Championship runaway leader Max Verstappen took 11th, albeit he completed only a few laps on the soft compound in the opening stages of the session before spending time in his garage and conducting a race simulation in the dying minutes of the one-hour practice.

His team-mate Sergio Perez was back in his RB19 after a heavy shunt in Free Practice 1. The Mexican put his Red Bull in 18 in the end, completing only 13 laps around the 4.3km Hungaroring.

Eight-time Hungaroring winner Lewis Hamilton and his team mate, George Russell were 16th and 20th respectively for Mercedes. However, the two Mercedes drivers focused on heavy-fuel runs with neither of them using the soft compound in the session.


116Charles LeclercFerrari1:17.68620
24Lando NorrisMclaren Mercedes1:17.701+0.015s29
310Pierre GaslyAlpine Renault1:17.918+0.232s25
422Yuki TsunodaAlphatauri Honda Rbpt1:17.934+0.248s30
531Esteban OconAlpine Renault1:18.045+0.359s29
627Nico HulkenbergHaas Ferrari1:18.058+0.372s28
777Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:18.085+0.399s28
814Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:18.105+0.419s31
924Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:18.108+0.422s30
1055Carlos SainzFerrari1:18.182+0.496s19
111Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda Rbpt1:18.279+0.593s17
1218Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:18.319+0.633s32
1323Alexander AlbonWilliams Mercedes1:18.377+0.691s32
143Daniel RicciardoAlphatauri Honda Rbpt1:18.385+0.699s29
1520Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:18.504+0.818s26
1644Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:18.746+1.060s27
172Logan SargeantWilliams Mercedes1:18.836+1.150s29
1811Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Honda Rbpt1:18.978+1.292s13
1981Oscar PiastriMclaren Mercedes1:19.117+1.431s18
2063George RussellMercedes1:19.175+1.489s22