Rain generates jumbled F1 Hungary practice rundown

Rain generates jumbled F1 Hungary practice rundown

08/02/2019

Red Bull outpaced Ferrari and Mercedes in a rain-hampered Friday practice for the F1 Hungarian Grand Prix.

Pierre Gasly paced Friday practice for the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix, but with each of the fastest times set inside the first 10 minutes ahead of some weather, don’t read too much into the time sheets.

Normally, seeing Sebastian Vettel in P13 would cause a few heart attacks and a Red Bull one-two would have Mercedes scratching their heads, but these times were not indicative of race pace.

The session was further interrupted in its infancy when Alex Albon dipped his left-rear into the grass and span into the tire barrier at the final corner.

With some drivers attempting to set a headline-grabbing time and others trying to gain as much long-run data as possible in the short amount of dry running, the order was jumbled about somewhat.

Red Bull split their drivers across the soft and medium tires and, with just +0.055 separating the pair, Gasly ended the day narrowly ahead of teammate Max Verstappen.

“I think the main thing for us is that FP1 was strong and FP2 was also strong for us, in the dry and also in the wet,” said Gasly. “So far, I’m happy with the car, with the few laps that we did, and let’s see what we can fight for tomorrow.”

With the forecast for Saturday’s qualifying session changing constantly from dry to wet, it may not turn out to have been a complete waste of a session for those drivers who did venture out on the intermediate tires for a few exploratory laps.

“The weather at the moment seems to be similar to today, so it could be really tricky conditions,” said Gasly. “It was good to get some laps on the dry and on the wet this afternoon.”

Practice Two Results

Pos.

Driver

Constructor

Tire

Time

1

Pierre Gasly

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

S

1:17.854

2

Max Verstappen

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

M

+0.055

3

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

H

+0.141

4

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

M

+0.330

5

Daniel Ricciardo

Renault F1 Team

S

+0.743

6

Kimi Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo Racing

S

+0.828

7

Charles Leclerc

Scuderia Ferrari

M

+0.998

8

Nico Hulkenberg

Renault F1 Team

S

+1.038

9

Antonio Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo Racing

S

+1.055

10

Daniil Kvyat

Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda

S

+1.103

11

Romain Grosjean

Rich Energy Haas F1 Team

M

+1.295

12

Kevin Magnussen

Rich Energy Haas F1 Team

H

+1.324

13

Sebastian Vettel

Scuderia Ferrari

H

+1.400

14

Carlos Sainz Jr.

McLaren F1 Team

M

+1.544

15

Sergio Perez

SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team

H

+1.867

16

Lance Stroll

SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team

H

+1.920

17

George Russell

ROKiT Williams Racing

S

+2.035

18

Lando Norris

McLaren F1 Team

M

+2.547

19

Robert Kubica

ROKiT Williams Racing

S

+2.585

20

Alexander Albon

Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda

 

No Time Set

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