Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Hungaroring, 2023

Leclerc leads Norris in second practice, Verstappen 11th after limited running

2023 Hungarian Grand Prix second practice

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Charles Leclerc set the pace in the second practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of Lando Norris and Pierre Gasly.

The Ferrari driver’s best time of a 1’17.686 on the soft tyres was just 0.015s faster than Norris. Neither Red Bull driver of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, nor the two Mercedes drivers of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell featured in the top ten positions on the times sheets.

After rain interrupted the day’s earlier session, drivers were thankful to have a fully dry track awaiting them when the pit lane opened for the second session. While the majority of teams took full advantage to take to the track, Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez and the two Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jnr opted to stay in the garage to begin with.

The two Williams drivers were the only ones to head out on the soft tyres for their first runs of the hour. They promptly topped the early times, with Sargeant’s 1’18.836 a tenth of a second faster than team mate Alexander Albon.

Sergio Perez, Red Bull, Hungaroring, 2023
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Around a quarter of an hour into the session, the two Red Bulls ventured out for the first time on soft tyres. They were soon joined by the Ferraris, who took to the track on the medium compound. Verstappen came within a tenth of a second of Sargeant’s best to go second quickest, before Yuki Tsunoda put AlphaTauri on top of the times with a 1’17.934 on the soft compound. That was then beaten by Lando Norris, who shaved two tenths off Tsunoda’s previous best time, also on the soft tyres.

Norris’s tenure at the top of the times lasted around ten minutes until Leclerc fitted soft tyres for the first time in the session. The Ferrari driver only just pipped the McLaren to take the top spot by 0.015s, while Pierre Gasly moved into third place, a further two tenths back. With teams focus on long runs over the second half of the session, there were no notable improvements in the later minutes.

There were no notable incidents or problems for drivers in the latter part of the hour, with the chequered flag at the end of 60 minutes confirming Leclerc as fastest of all. Norris was second for McLaren ahead of Gasly and Tsunoda made it four different constructors in the top four places.

Esteban Ocon was fifth fastest in second Alpine, with Hulkenberg sixth for Haas. Valtteri Bottas was seventh for Alfa Romeo, ahead of Fernando Alonso and Zhou Guanyu. Carlos Sainz Jnr was tenth in the second Ferrari, just one place ahead of Verstappen, who only ran a single set of soft tyres throughout the session.

He wasn’t the only driver limiting his laps under F1’s new Alternative Tyre Allocation rules. The Mercedes pair under one set of mediums each, as did Oscar Piastri, who was briefly confined to the garage with floor damage.

Only six drivers did not cover more than 25 laps during the session in which nine drivers clocked at least 30 laps of running over the hour.

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2023 Hungarian Grand Prix second practice result

116Charles LeclercFerrariSF-231’17.68620
24Lando NorrisMcLaren-MercedesMCL601’17.7010.01530
310Pierre GaslyAlpine-RenaultA5231’17.9180.23226
422Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Honda RBPTAT041’17.9340.24831
531Esteban OconAlpine-RenaultA5231’18.0450.35930
627Nico HulkenbergHaas-FerrariVF-231’18.0580.37229
777Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo-FerrariC431’18.0850.39929
814Fernando AlonsoAston Martin-MercedesAMR231’18.1050.41932
924Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo-FerrariC431’18.1080.42231
1055Carlos Sainz JnrFerrariSF-231’18.1820.49620
111Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda RBPTRB191’18.2790.59318
1218Lance StrollAston Martin-MercedesAMR231’18.3190.63333
1323Alexander AlbonWilliams-MercedesFW451’18.3770.69132
143Daniel RicciardoAlphaTauri-Honda RBPTAT041’18.3850.69930
1520Kevin MagnussenHaas-FerrariVF-231’18.5040.81827
1644Lewis HamiltonMercedesW141’18.7461.06028
172Logan SargeantWilliams-MercedesFW451’18.8361.15030
1811Sergio PerezRed Bull-Honda RBPTRB191’18.9781.29214
1981Oscar PiastriMcLaren-MercedesMCL601’19.1171.43118
2063George RussellMercedesW141’19.1751.48923

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7 comments on “Leclerc leads Norris in second practice, Verstappen 11th after limited running”

  1. Somewhat mixed results indeed, but otherwise, nothing extraordinary.
    At least, Checo managed to avoid a premature ending for him.

    1. I forgot to remove ‘indeed’ which I had from a previous post elsewhere.

  2. Strange results. The second place is missing. Also can’t find Yuki Tsunoda in the table.

    1. @mc4ren Apologies there was a fault in the formatting of the table, it’s fixed now

      1. Nothing to apologize, @keithcollantine. Solid work, as usual.

  3. Don’t hold your breath: Verstappen will be on pole come saturday.

  4. But ….. we could all be surprised if Mr V spins out on hards in Q1.

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