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Rosberg Fastest, Hamilton Crashes – Hungarian GP FP2 Report

Baku Qualifying - Nico Rosberg pole position

Nico Rosberg claimed the fastest time of the second free practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix after Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton crashed out earlier in the session.

Rosberg’s best time of 1:20.435 came courtesy of the super soft compound tyres. Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull was the closes to Rosberg with a 1:21.030, 0.595s off Rosberg’s time. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel left his fastest time of the to a little later in the session where he set his best lap of 1:21.348 which is 0.913s off the fastest time.

Before Rosberg had set the fastest time his team mate was the fastest around the circuit and on a flying lap Hamilton dipped his outside wheel onto the kerb under braking for Turn 11. The rear of his Mercedes came around and sent the Briton sideways over the run-off area and into the tyre barriers. Hamilton’s car made contact with the barriers square on and sideways and recorded an impact force of 10g. The session was subsequently red flagged while the marshals made repairs to the barrier. Hamilton was able to make his way slowly back to the pits.

Max Verstappen finished his FP2 4th fastest with a 1:21.770. Hamilton’s time of 1:21.960 before his crash was good enough to get him 5th fastest for the session.

Hungary 2016_Hamilton FP2 CrashKimi Raikkonen was 6th fastest more than 1.5s off the pace. The two McLaren’s once again finished side-by-side in 7th and 8th with Fernando Alonso leading Jenson Button.

After narrowly missing out on a top 10 finish in FP1, Nico Hulkenberg finsihed 9th fastest in FP2 ahead of team-mate Sergio Perez.

Both Williams cars seems to be struggling for grip around the Hungaroring. Bottas is under investigation for failing to keep right of the pit entry bollard.

In addition to Hamilton retiring from the session, Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz and Sauber’s Felipe Nasr also retired from the session with mechanical problems.

Mercedes looked very strong in their long runs. Red Bull and Ferrari are close, but are some way off Mercedes.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:20.435 45
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:21.030 +0.595 36
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:21.348 +0.913 31
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:21.770 +1.335 35
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:21.960 +1.525 4
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:22.058 +1.623 46
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:22.328 +1.893 21
8 Jenson Button McLaren 1:22.387 +1.952 34
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:22.449 +2.014 41
10 Sergio Perez Force India 1:22.653 +2.218 38
11 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:22.673 +2.238 38
12 Felipe Massa Williams 1:22.681 +2.246 39
13 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:22.689 +2.254 24
14 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:22.773 +2.338 38
15 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:22.864 +2.429 28
16 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:22.948 +2.513 43
17 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1:23.347 +2.912 41
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:23.437 +3.002 36
19 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:23.528 +3.093 12
20 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:23.986 +3.551 31
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1:23.992 +3.557 22
22 Rio Haryanto Manor 1:24.265 +3.830 36


Photo credit: Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team

About Ritesh K Bhana

Ritesh likes to think he is a true Tifosi, but he still remains fair to other teams. He supports two other teams which are not Red Bull and McLaren. Follow Ritesh on twitter @Humanshield_1

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