Gasly Tops Rain-Affected FP2 as Albon Crashes


Red Bull Racing’s Pierre Gasly topped the timesheet in a rain-affected seconds practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix that saw Toro Rosso’s Alexander Albon crash out.

The session was held under grey skies and the threat of rain and as such there was a flurry of activity soon after the green lights went on at the end of the pit lane with 17 drivers taking to the track in the opening minutes.

One of those was Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas. The Finn missed the morning session owing to a change of engine on his car and after the switch he was quickly into gear in the afternoon, taking top spot with a time midway into the 1m19s bracket.

The track wouldn’t remain busy for long though. Within moments of Bottas taking P1, Alex Albon put a wheel on the grass on entry into the final Turn and his Toro Rosso was immediately sent into a spin. The Thai driver went side-on into the barriers on the outside of the corner with his car sustaining significant damage to its left side.

The Toro Rosso driver was unhurt but the incident brought out the red flags and there was a six-minute delay as his car recovered.

When the action resumed, Bottas improved again took P1 with a lap of 1:18.289 set on mediums but that time was quickly beaten by team-mate Lewis Hamilton who posted a lap of 1:18.110s on hard compound Pirelli tyres. The championship leader then went better again, setting a new benchmark of 1:17.995.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen then eclipses that with his best lap of 1:17.909 set on medium tyres. Gasly, though, opted for soft compound tyres and he rose to the top of the leaderboard with a session-best time of 1:18.854.

Rain then began to steadily fall and the conditions, which are not forecast to effect either qualifying or the race, effectively brought the session to an end. Over the remaining hour most drivers took to the circuit on intermediate tyres but by and large it was for brief exploratory runs before returning to the pit lane.

It meant that Gasly held on to top spot ahead of Verstappen, Hamilton and Bottas. Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo finished fifth 0.743 behind Gasly having snuck in a lap before the rain brought meaningful running to an end.

Kimi Raikkonen was sixth for Alfa Romeo, while Charles Leclerc was the highest placed Ferrari almost a second adrift of Gasly. Leclerc’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel used hard tyres ahead of the rain and finished in P13, 1.4s off the pace.

Nico Hulkenberg was eighth in the second Renault ahead of Alfa’s Antonio Giovinazzi and the top 10 order was rounded out by Hockenheim podium-finisher Daniil Kvyat of Toro Rosso.

2019 FIA Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix – Free Practice 2
1 Pierre Gasly Red Bull Racing 16 1:17.854
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 12 1:17.909 0.055
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 15 1:17.995 0.141
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 18 1:18.184 0.330
5 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 13 1:18.597 0.743
6 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 25 1:18.682 0.828
7 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 21 1:18.852 0.998
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 14 1:18.892 1.038
9 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 25 1:18.909 1.055
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 22 1:18.957 1.103
11 Romain Grosjean Haas 19 1:19.149 1.295
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas 21 1:19.178 1.324
13 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 24 1:19.254 1.400
14 Carlos Sainz McLaren 22 1:19.398 1.544
15 Sergio Perez Racing Point 13 1:19.721 1.867
16 Lance Stroll Racing Point 14 1:19.774 1.920
17 George Russell Williams 14 1:19.889 2.035
18 Lando Norris McLaren 6 1:20.401 2.547
19 Robert Kubica Williams 15 1:20.439 2.585
20 Alex Albon Toro Rosso 2

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