The second free practice session came to a close a short while ago and McLaren have compounded their initial pace by topping the tables once again, this time with Lewis Hamilton getting the better of his team mate and setting fastest lap time around the Hungaroring. Heikki Kovalainen wasn’t too far behind though, the pair separated by just 0.047s. Williams and Red Bull continue to feature among the top runners, with Sebastian Vettel improving over his morning form.
While McLaren are showing signs of improvement, Brawn once again looked a little lack-lustre, Rubens Barrichello just managing P7 and Jenson Button languishing in P13.
Ferrari too appear to have suffered a dip in performance. In Germany, Felipe Massa scored the squad’s first podium of the year and enjoyed a fairly competitive race. However, the shift to a slightly warmer Hungary has shown the pair of Gestione Sportiva pilots to be down on pace again. Kimi Raikkonen could only haul his F60 into P11 and almost 0.7s shy of Hamilton’s pace, while team mate Massa was well down in P18 after having a few excursions during the session.
Both Scuderia Toro Rosso drivers remain firmly behind the pair of Force India pilots, although the improvements the Swiss and Spanish drivers made show the difference in experience between the two. Sebastien Buemi, now the team leader at the little Italian squad, improved by 0.822s between the two practice sessions, whereas young Alguersuari could only improve by 0.286s.
|1.||Lewis Hamilton McLaren||1m22.079s||36 Laps|
|2.||Heikki Kovalainen McLaren||1m22.126s||36 Laps|
|3.||Nico Rosberg Williams||1m22.154s||47 Laps|
|4.||Mark Webber Red Bull Racing||1m22.369s||29 Laps|
|5.||Kazuki Nakajima Williams||1m22.426s||40 Laps|
|6.||Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing||1m22.550s||30 Laps|
|7.||Rubens Barrichello Brawn||1m22.641s||38 Laps|
|8.||Jarno Trulli Toyota||1m22.663s||28 Laps|
|9.||Nick Heidfeld BMW||1m22.690s||43 Laps|
|10.||Timo Glock Toyota||1m22.751s||45 Laps|
|11.||Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari||1m22.763s||38 Laps|
|12.||Fernando Alonso Renault||1m22.793s||37 Laps|
|13.||Jenson Button Brawn||1m22.806s||42 Laps|
|14.||Robert Kubica BMW||1m22.870s||36 Laps|
|15.||Nelson Piquet Jr. Renault||1m22.927s||36 Laps|
|16.||Adrian Sutil Force India||1m22.978s||28 Laps|
|17.||Giancarlo Fisichella Force India||1m23.029s||39 Laps|
|18.||Felipe Massa Ferrari||1m23.156s||32 Laps|
|19.||Sebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso||1m23.176s||45 Laps|
|20.||Jaime Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso||1ms||Laps|
McLaren looking better by the minute…quite good to see after some bad performances!! P1/P2, here we come 😉
Or at least, that’s what I hope happens…..