Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, Hungaroring, 2018

Little between Vettel and Verstappen in second practice

2018 Hungarian Grand Prix second practice

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Sebastian Vettel put Ferrari on top in second practice at the Hungaroring but the margins between them and Red Bull remained small.

Following a steady initial run on the soft tyres, the Ferrari driver switched to ultra-softs to bang in a 1’16.834 which stood as the best time of the day. Verstappen was quicker than Vettel in the second two sectors of the lap but couldn’t make up the three-tenths he lost in sector one. The gap at the line was less than a tenth of a second.

Daniel Ricciardo lost even more time in the first sector, where he was almost half a second off Vettel. He ended up third-quickest.

Only the Mercedes drivers got close to Vettel’s pace in the first sector. But both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas backed off before the end of their flying laps, exaggerating the gap between them and the rest.

Romain Grosjean took his increasingly customary seventh place for Mercedes, but team mate Kevin Magnussen experienced a problem with his new-specification power unit. The team were able to address the problem via a settings change during his run.

Three other cars rounded off the top 10. The first of those, Carlos Sainz Jnr’s Renault, was over four tenths of a second slower than the Haas. Pierre Gasly’s Toro Rosso and Esteban Ocon’s Force India were next.

Stoffel Vandoorne’s struggles in the McLaren went on. Despite a change of chassis, a 360-degree spin entering turn five left him 19th in the session, eight-tenths of a second off his team mate.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1’16.834 45
2 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1’16.908 0.074 35
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1’17.061 0.227 36
4 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’17.153 0.319 40
5 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’17.587 0.753 43
6 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1’17.868 1.034 46
7 8 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1’18.065 1.231 39
8 55 Carlos Sainz Jnr Renault 1’18.495 1.661 38
9 10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso-Honda 1’18.518 1.684 43
10 31 Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 1’18.761 1.927 41
11 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’18.850 2.016 42
12 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Renault 1’18.857 2.023 38
13 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1’18.880 2.046 35
14 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1’18.913 2.079 23
15 28 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso-Honda 1’18.916 2.082 41
16 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1’19.043 2.209 42
17 16 Charles Leclerc Sauber-Ferrari 1’19.137 2.303 38
18 18 Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 1’19.645 2.811 45
19 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Renault 1’19.712 2.878 38
20 35 Sergey Sirotkin Williams-Mercedes 1’19.770 2.936 45

Second practice visual gaps

Sebastian Vettel – 1’16.834

+0.074 Max Verstappen – 1’16.908

+0.227 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’17.061

+0.319 Kimi Raikkonen – 1’17.153

+0.753 Lewis Hamilton – 1’17.587

+1.034 Valtteri Bottas – 1’17.868

+1.231 Romain Grosjean – 1’18.065

+1.661 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’18.495

+1.684 Pierre Gasly – 1’18.518

+1.927 Esteban Ocon – 1’18.761

+2.016 Sergio Perez – 1’18.850

+2.023 Fernando Alonso – 1’18.857

+2.046 Kevin Magnussen – 1’18.880

+2.079 Nico Hulkenberg – 1’18.913

+2.082 Brendon Hartley – 1’18.916

+2.209 Marcus Ericsson – 1’19.043

+2.303 Charles Leclerc – 1’19.137

+2.811 Lance Stroll – 1’19.645

+2.878 Stoffel Vandoorne – 1’19.712

+2.936 Sergey Sirotkin – 1’19.770

Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.

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18 comments on “Little between Vettel and Verstappen in second practice”

  1. Romain Grosjean took his increasingly customary seventh place for Mercedes

    Wow, the driver market just got spicy :P

    1. Really interesting 😂😂😂

    2. BlackJackFan
      27th July 2018, 16:04

      And the FP1 report had both Bottas and Hulk in 8th place, which confused me for a bit. If it had been Dieter writing this I would have put it down to a lack of lunch… lol.

  2. Ferrari should be on target for a front row lockout once they turn their engine up in Q3. Red Bull’s only chance to beat Ferrari will be a great race start or splitting their strategies between their two drivers.

    I hate to say it, but Ferrari will be untouchable once they get their latest engine upgrade for either Spa or Monza.

    1. @todfod Mercedes pace doesn’t look good at all, unless they are sandbagging/saving engines they are far from the front row.

    2. ColdFly (@)
      27th July 2018, 18:08

      Ferrari should be on target for a front row lockout once they turn their engine up in Q3.

      Unfortunately it seems that not both drivers can handle that extra power.

      1. That means Kimi not making any errors in Q3, so it’s not a given.

    3. As we learnt with Mercedes, upgraded engines don’t always work as expected.

  3. MB sand-bagging? It will be interesting to see the long runs analysis, given that MB did not want to show their hands on the ultras.

  4. I hate to say it, but Ferrari will be untouchable once they get their latest engine upgrade for either Spa or Monza.

    Neah, HAM will cancel all their gains and come on top via “superior tyre management”, skills etc. If not, Mercedes is at fault…. or Rosberg!

    1. Lol. Nothing like the power of positive thinking. Make sure you click your ruby slippers together

  5. I expect ferrari to nail this. Red Bull might give them a run for their money but ferrari will have an extra edge owing to their Q3 quali mode. For Mercedes, it’ll be damage limitation.

    1. VET on pole for sure, unless it rains!

      Red Bull will give VET a hard time in the race but won’t be able to overtake so they will rely on strategy. If both their cars are in contention they could nick it from VET.

  6. Many ‘Damage limitation’ tracks for Mercedes. And Ferrari is fastest or joint-fastest Everywhere now. I expect Vettel to be half a second ahead of the Mercedes here.

    1. Mercedes need a lot of wet races!

  7. Anyone see any long run times?

    From what I’ve heard the Ferrari looks best but Red Bull were quick but look to be on lighter fuel loads.

    Mercedes not really competitive here?

  8. There is a high chance of Vet or Vetstap’n of crashing. Pole is very important here.

    I reckon Daniel Ric will win. There will be a crash. But if there is no crash then Vettel will win.

  9. Hoping the Scuderia will put there head down and dominate in a front row lockout and a 1-2 finish. It would be a great tribute in honor of their fallen leader. Just like they did when Enzo passed. Now that was an incredible race…..
    RIP Sergio M. #Forza Ferrari

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