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Vettel quickest as several drivers sit out wet second practice

2020 Hungarian Grand Prix second practice

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Ferrari headed an official practice session for the first time in the 2020 F1 season as Sebastian Vettel led a very wet 90 minutes of running at the Hungaroring.

Conditions deteriorated significantly in between Friday’s two practice sessions, so much so that qualifying for the Formula 3 race had to be called off due to the amount of water on the track.

Several Formula 1 drivers did not more than a handful of installation laps rather than risk damaging their cars as the third grand prix meeting in as many weekends continued. The Williams and Renault drivers were among those who decided not to set times, along with Lewis Hamilton, Alexander Albon and Kevin Magnussen.

Vettel covered 12 laps in his Ferrari – more than anyone bar Kimi Raikkonen, who missed the first practice session while Robert Kubica drove his car. Most of those who did venture out for laps locked a wheel or ran wide at some point, though impressively no one made contact with a barrier.

Vettel was among those who used a set of intermediate tyres when the conditions improved. His quickest time of 1’40.464 was well over 20 seconds off a typical dry lap time at the Hungaroring. Valtteri Bottas took second ahead of Carlos Sainz Jnr and the two Racing Point drivers.

Pierre Gasly, who did no laps in the morning practice session due to a problem with his Honda power unit, managed seven laps and was sixth. However he pitted after reporting a burning smell in his car late in the session.

A late lap by Max Verstappen, after the rain had intensified again, put the Red Bull drive seventh. Romain Grosjean, Kimi Raikkonen and the second Ferrari of Charles Leclerc completed the top 10.

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Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
15Sebastian VettelFerrari1’40.46412
277Valtteri BottasMercedes1’40.7360.2725
355Carlos Sainz JnrMcLaren-Renault1’41.7841.3206
418Lance StrollRacing Point-Mercedes1’42.3801.9166
511Sergio PerezRacing Point-Mercedes1’42.4702.0065
610Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Honda1’42.5882.1247
733Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda1’42.8202.3564
88Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’43.3352.8716
97Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’43.4713.00716
1016Charles LeclercFerrari1’43.7253.26110
1199Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’44.4113.9479
124Lando NorrisMcLaren-Renault1’46.0005.5365
1326Daniil KvyatAlphaTauri-Honda1’47.4226.9587
1431Esteban OconRenault1
153Daniel RicciardoRenault1
1644Lewis HamiltonMercedes1
176Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes2
1863George RussellWilliams-Mercedes2
1923Alexander AlbonRed Bull-Honda3
2020Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1

Second practice visual gaps

Sebastian Vettel – 1’40.464

+0.272 Valtteri Bottas – 1’40.736

+1.320 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’41.784

+1.916 Lance Stroll – 1’42.380

+2.006 Sergio Perez – 1’42.470

+2.124 Pierre Gasly – 1’42.588

+2.356 Max Verstappen – 1’42.820

+2.871 Romain Grosjean – 1’43.335

+3.007 Kimi Raikkonen – 1’43.471

+3.261 Charles Leclerc – 1’43.725

+3.947 Antonio Giovinazzi – 1’44.411

+5.536 Lando Norris – 1’46.000

+6.958 Daniil Kvyat – 1’47.422

Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.

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    9 comments on “Vettel quickest as several drivers sit out wet second practice”

    1. Only cos he has the fastest car :)

    2. He’s re-discovered his mojo. Must have signed for AM

      1. @sumedh, I’d suggest he’s motivated to try harder to showcase his skills so as to attract a new employer.

    3. A wet qualifying will certainly be interesting this week considering the race day forecast looks to be similarly stormy. Most drivers used up their whole weekends full wet tyre allocation in the last quali, how will they ration them if they will be needed in the race?

      Really not surprised nobody was bothering this afternoon.

    4. Bottas, Vettel is faster than you

    5. He dominated :D

    6. Don’t do it, don’t give me hope

    7. I think vettel did a multi 21 against the ferrari fia agreement :)

    8. somebody has a new job!

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