FP2 from the Hungaroring featured track temps at nearly 130 degrees Fahrenheit, slides galore and Red Bull within striking distance of Mercedes at the top of the time sheets. Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest time with a 1:23.949 with young Danil Kvyat was a mere 3/10ths behind with a strong 1:24.300. The high downforce nature of the Hungaroring seemingly suited the Red Bull which clearly made a step forward last go around at Silverstone.
The team is playing down chances of victory as Renault power unit issues still loom over their heads as Ricciardo’s car stopped on track puffing smoke everywhere.
Ferrari filled its usual spot as the bet for best of the rest, with Williams who usually runs high fuel loads on Friday, a bit off the pace. McLaren-Honda had a ray of hope with both Alonso and Button running strongly in 8th and 12th.
Force India withdrew its two cars after Sergio Perez’s mysterious suspension failure and subsequent flip from the morning’s practice.
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