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Hungarian GP 2015

JULY 24, 2015

Practice 2 Report - Once Again

Lewis Hamilton, Hungarian GP 2015
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Lewis Hamilton once again was comfortably quickest in Hungary as he topped FP2 in his Mercedes. Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo were the best of the rest as they grabbed the second and third spots.

The ambient temperature at the start of the 90-minute session was 88 degrees Fahrenheit (31 degrees Centigrade) and the track temperature was 54 degrees Fahrenheit (129 degrees Centigrade).

The line-up for the weekend was: Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Red Bull Renault - Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat. Williams Mercedes - Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas. Ferrari - Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. McLaren Honda - Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button. Force India Mercedes - Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez. Toro Rosso Renault - Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz. Lotus Mercedes - Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado. Marussia Ferrari - Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi. Sauber - Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr.

Force India was looking into what caused Perez's accident in FP1, and therefore neither he nor teammate Hulkenberg were going to drive.

A team statement said:

"Sahara Force India will not take part in this afternoon's second practice session at the Hungaroring as the team continues to investigate a suspension problem, which caused Sergio Perez to crash this morning. Sergio's car suffered significant damage to the bodywork, wings and floor, and repairs are ongoing.

"As a precaution, the team has chosen not to run Nico Hulkenberg this afternoon. The team will work hard to fully understand the cause of the failure and find a resolution in order to be ready for Saturday's free practice session."

Stevens was the first out along with teammate Merhi and Button. They were the only three to turn any laps in the first four minutes. Then more drivers took to the track including Vettel who clocked a 1:28.549.

13 minutes into the session, Hamilton slammed in a 1:26.132.

19 minutes into the session, Rosberg clocked a time that was just 0.036 slower. Then Hamilton improved to a 1:25.613.

23 minutes into the session, Ricciardo took second with a 1:26.023.

28 minutes into the session, the top 10 were: Hamilton, Ricciardo, Rosberg, Kvyat, Vettel, Raikkonen, Bottas, Button, Sainz and Verstappen.

30 minutes into the session, Raikkonen, on the soft compound slicks, set a 1:25.134 to take over first place.

35 minutes into the session, Sainz moved into second with a 1:25.599.

37 minutes into the session, Rosberg took the lead with a 1:24.668, but Hamilton beat that with a 1:23.949. Next, Kvyat took second with a 1:24.300.

40 minutes into the session, Vettel had a quick spin at Turn 12.

42 minutes into the session, Ricciardo took third place with a 1:24.451.

Midway through FP2 the top 10 were: Hamilton, Kvyat, Ricciardo, Rosberg, Raikkonen, Sainz, Vettel, Alonso, Bottas and Massa.

With 41 minutes remaining in the session, Merhi was the only driver on the track.

With 28 minutes remaining in the session, Grosjean spun at Turn 13. It was very busy out on the track as the drivers did their long-run race simulations.

With 23 minutes remaining in the session, Hamilton slid off the track at Turn 13 and continued.

With 22 minutes remaining in the session, Ricciardo stopped at Turn 11 with smoke pouring from the back of his car. The session was red flagged for six minutes.

With 16 minutes remaining, the session was restarted, and the drivers and teams resumed their work. Everybody was out there on the track except for Hulkenberg, Perez and Ricciardo.

With 9 minutes remaining in the session, Vettel spun at Turn 1.

The top 10 at the end of FP2 remained: Hamilton, Kvyat, Ricciardo, Rosberg, Raikkonen, Sainz, Vettel, Alonso, Bottas and Massa.