Hungary, EL2: Leclerc beats a surprising Norris

Hungary, EL2: Leclerc beats a surprising Norris

It was still under the sun of the Hungaroring that Free Practice 2 of the Hungarian Grand Prix took place. The drivers took to the track for the most representative session of the heat possibly expected in racing, although showers could disrupt the day on Sunday.

The first half hour was an opportunity for the drivers to ride on medium tires and try to improve the morning lap times. After the first burst of fast laps, it was Charles Leclerc who had the upper hand in 1’18″911, ahead of Carlos Sainz in 1’19″548.

Max Verstappen was slightly behind at 0″743 from Leclerc. Behind, we temporarily found Sergio Pérez, Fernando Alonso and Alex Albon, who was at this time the only one to have fitted soft tires.

Lewis Hamilton was in the background and worried on the radio about the delay he was showing on Leclerc: “Are we at 1.9 with the same tires?”asked the Briton on the radio, while Mercedes F1 was much livelier this morning.

Fernando Alonso then took fourth position, and Pierre Gasly reached the top 10 in seventh position. Valtteri Bottas, who returned to his Alfa Romeo after leaving it with Robert Kubica this morning, also entered the top ten, in ninth position.

Pérez reclaimed fourth place, and Lance Stroll moved into sixth position, just ahead of Guanyu Zhou. Sebastian Vettel then placed his Aston Martin AMR22 in fifth position. Alex Albon spun at the first corner but was able to restart without having damaged his car, except his tyres.

The leaders then improved their times, with Leclerc keeping the session lead in 1m18.445s. Sainz and Verstappen also improved by remaining two tenths behind the Monegasque, but it was Lando Norris who created the surprise.

The McLaren F1 driver set the second provisional time at 0″217 from Leclerc, and Daniel Ricciardo confirmed the good form of the Woking team on this first day, settling in fifth position, just ahead of Alonso. McLaren n It’s usually not in good shape on the first day, but like this morning, the MCL36s seem fast on the Hungaroring.

As usual, the second part of these EL2s was dedicated to racing simulations. Nevertheless, Verstappen was unhappy with his RB18, complaining of oscillations in turns 4 and 11. Ricciardo made a small error without consequences.

Leclerc eventually finished the session ahead of Norris and Sainz, then Verstappen. These three drivers stood in 0.065, while Ricciardo was fifth ahead of Alonso, Vettel, Russell and Pérez. Bottas completed the top 10 ahead of Hamilton and Zhou, then Esteban Ocon, while Pierre Gasly, 15th, edged out the Haas.

pos. Pilot Car Time Towers
01 Charles Leclerc Ferrari F1-75 1:18.445 27
02 Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes MCL36 1:18.662 29
03 carlos sainz Ferrari F1-75 1:18.676 29
04 Max Verstappen Red Bull RBPT RB18 1:18.728 26
05 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Mercedes MCL36 1:18.872 27
06 Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault A522 1:19.049 30
07 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Mercedes AMR22 1:19.253 31
08 george russell Mercedes W13 1:19.355 28
09 Sergio Perez Red Bull RBPT RB18 1:19.397 28
10 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo Ferrari C42 1:19.411 30
11 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W13 1:19.547 23
12 Guanyu-Zhou Alfa Romeo Ferrari C42 1:19.605 26
13 Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault A522 1:19.614 27
14 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Mercedes AMR22 1:19.702 30
15 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri RBPT AT03 1:19.730 28
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari VF-22 1:19.818 29
17 Mick Schumacher Haas Ferrari VF-22 1:19.985 28
18 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes FW44 1:20.488 30
19 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri RBPT AT03 1:20.521 31
20 Alex Albon Williams Mercedes FW44 1:20.615 20

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