F1 2013

Vettel continues dominance – Hungary FP2

Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel continued their control over the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend with a repeat of their FP1 1-2 result in the second free practice session. The German and Australian team mate Mark Webber showed the RB9 is so far in a class of its own in the sweltering heat and dusty hills of the Hungaroring, becoming the only duo to dip into the 1:26 bracket in race setup.

The session was run in similar high temperatures as FP1, but failed to provide quite the level of spectator interest its morning counterpart had done as teams and drivers focused on preparing their race setups.

The only bit of on-track action worthy of note was a close shave between Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen in the last half hour of time, the Finn arriving at speed on the back of the McLaren man into the final corner. Button was embarking on a long fuel run while Raikkonen and Lotus chose to pursue a different setup path from their rivals, and the resulting mishap saw the Briton cut up his opponent in the long right hand turn.

Otherwise, the session was largely unremarkable as all got to grip with the ‘new’ Pirelli tyres on offer this weekend; Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton seemed to suffer with tyre degradation, perhaps a result of the Anglo-German squad’s disqualification from last weekend’s Young Driver’s Test at Silverstone, whcih saw their competitors get to grips with the new rubber sooner.

McLaren have made progress with the erstwhile-unwieldy MP4/28’s front end, courtesy of some updates new for this weekend, while further back Caterham appeared to comfortably have the legs of rivals Marussia in both qualifying and race trim. Toro Rosso were mired in the lower reaches of the midfield, with Team Principal Franz Tost admitting ‘we are simply not quick enough.’


1 Vettel Red Bull 1:21:264
2 Webber Red Bull +0.044
3 Grosjean Lotus +0.153
4 Alonso Ferrari +0.162
5 Massa Ferrari +0.280
6 Hamilton Mercedes +0.538
7 Rosberg Mercedes +0.727
8 Raikkonen Lotus +0.747
9 Button McLaren +0.916
10 Sutil Force India +1.040
11 Di Resta Force India +1.262
12 Perez McLaren +1.265
13 Maldonado Williams +1.517
14 Gutierrez Sauber +1.573
15 Hulkenberg Sauber +1.577
16 Vergne Toro Rosso +2.105
17 Ricciardo Toro Rosso +2.147
18 Bottas Williams +2.382
19 Pic Caterham +3.061
20 Van Der Garde Caterham +3.801
21 Bianchi Marussia +3.879
22 Chilton Marussia +5.383

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