FP2: Gasly leads Red Bull 1-2, Albon crashes out

FP2: Gasly leads Red Bull 1-2, Albon crashes out


Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly topped a frustrating afternoon practice session in Hungary where light rain led to limited dry tyre running at the Hungaroring.

It allowed Gasly to pick up a rare P1 spot with a 1:17.854, 0.055 seconds faster than team-mate Max Verstappen. Gasly’s best time was set on the quickest soft tyres, while Verstappen was on the mediums.

Lewis Hamilton rounded off the top three, a tenth off the pace on hard tyres.

Valtteri Bottas was P4 as he tried to make up for time lost in FP1 due to an unscheduled power unit change, but there was another exit in the form of Alex Albon in FP2 as he got it all wrong at Turn 14.

Ferrari duo Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel were P7 and P13 respectively in tricky conditions.

Light drizzle greeted the drivers as the green light was given for the start of FP2, but the track was dry enough for some more slick tyre running.

However, the session was red flagged after just four minutes when Alex Albon misjudged Turn 14 by running ever so slightly onto the grass and spinning out of control. A hefty shunt into the barrier followed but thankfully he was ok.

RED FLAG: A nightmare start to FP2 for Alex Albon ?

He is off after losing control on Turn 14 #F1 #HungarianGP ?? pic.twitter.com/UQoZiaDiWU

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After a brief stoppage, another mad dash ensued out of the garage as drivers and teams attempted to gather as much dry tyre data as possible.

But the track was officially declared wet soon after, prompting everyone to head back to the pits for a quick check over and a swap to the intermediates.

It left a rather jumbled up top six with an hour left on the session clock; Gasly, Verstappen, Hamilton, Bottas, Ricciardo and Raikkonen all on different tyres.

Bottas was the first venture back out on inters but was immediately told to box as it proved the track was too wet for slicks but too dry for inters.

A distinct lack of track action followed as a result, with the odd car here and there swapping between slicks and inters for cautious exploratory laps.

With 20 minutes of the session left, the rain became heavier, which at least brought a few more drivers and cars out from the comfort of the garage to test out the inters properly.

For those who did brave the conditions, it was all about survival. Bar a brief off by George Russell, everyone got through unscathed.

FP2 timesheet

1Pierre GaslyRed Bull1:17.85416 (S)
2Max VerstappenRed Bull0.055s12 (M)
3Lewis HamiltonMercedes0.141s14 (H)
4Valtteri BottasMercedes0.330s18 (M)
5Daniel RicciardoRenault0.743s13 (S)
6Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo Racing0.828s25 (S)
7Charles LeclercFerrari0.998s21 (M)
8Nico HulkenbergRenault1.038s14 (S)
9Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing1.055s24 (S)
10Daniil KvyatToro Rosso1.103s21 (S)
11Romain GrosjeanHaas1.295s19 (M)
12Kevin MagnussenHaas1.324s21 (H)
13Sebastian VettelFerrari1.400s23 (H)
14Carlos SainzMcLaren1.544s19 (M)
15Sergio PerezRacing Point1.867s13 (H)
16Lance StrollRacing Point1.920s14 (H)
17George RussellWilliams2.035s14 (S)
18Lando NorrisMcLaren2.547s6 (M)
19Robert KubicaWilliams2.585s15 (S)
20Alex AlbonToro Rosso no time set

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