Hungaroring FP2: Hamilton and Mercedes own day one

Lewis Hamilton fastest in FP2

Lewis Hamilton fastest in FP2

Lewis Hamilton started his Hungarian Grand Prix weekend as he intended to continue, leading both of Friday’s Free Practice sessions with championship-leading Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg behind.

The winner of the last two Hungarian Grands Prix lapped the Hungaroring circuit outside Budapest with a best time of 1:25.814 seconds in the morning and 1:24.482 in the afternoon.

Rosberg was second fastest in both, 0.183 and 0.238 slower than the 2008 champion in the sessions with track temperatures rising to a sweltering 55 degrees Celsius after lunch.

Ferrari‘s Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso were the closest to the dominant duo, who have won nine out of 10 races so far between them, in the morning with third and fourth places respectively on the timesheets.

Sebastian Vettel third quickest in FP2

Sebastian Vettel third quickest in FP2

However Red Bull‘s quadruple champion Sebastian Vettel, who has never won in Hungary, was third fastest in the Second Practice with Alonso fourth.

Hamilton is 14 points adrift of Rosberg, despite having won five races to the German’s four, but has a far better record in Hungary.

The Briton has won four times there in total, a record he shares with Germany’s now retired Michael Schumacher, whereas Rosberg has yet to stand on the Hungaroring podium.

Raikkonen also has a great record at the track, which counts almost as a home race for Finnish drivers, with victory for McLaren in 2005 and second place in the last two years with Lotus.

Fernando Alonso fourth fastest

Fernando Alonso fourth fastest

The Finn needs a good result this weekend after being eclipsed by Alonso so far this season. Raikkonen is the only driver on the grid who has yet to beat his team mate this year.

The morning session opened with Max Chilton’s Marussia on fire in the pits, with the flames quickly extinguished, after oil leaked onto the exhaust. There was less drama in the second, other than a few harmless spins and slides.

Hamilton could be heard enquiring over the team radio, however, whether there was something wrong with his car’s front brakes – a worrying sign after a front brake disc failure pitched him out of Qualifying in Germany last weekend.

The Briton had to battle back in that race from 20th on the grid to third, with Rosberg winning. (Reuters)

Hungarian Grand Prix, Free Practice 2 – Friday, 25 July 2014
Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:24.482 38
2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:24.720 0.238 38
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:25.111 0.629 33
4 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:25.437 0.955 26
5 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.580 1.098 34
6 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:25.730 1.248 30
7 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:25.983 1.501 29
8 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:25.999 1.517 37
9 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.234 1.752 33
10 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:26.402 1.920 18
11 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 1:26.689 2.207 42
12 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 1:26.703 2.221 37
13 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:26.789 2.307 39
14 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:26.919 2.437 41
15 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:27.013 2.531 39
16 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:27.019 2.537 40
17 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:27.021 2.539 14
18 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:27.480 2.998 32
19 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:28.370 3.888 35
20 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:28.469 3.987 26
21 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:28.586 4.104 35
22 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:29.036 4.554 34