A heavy shower with 42 minutes of the second free practice session still to run ended an entertaining battle for supremacy at the Hungaroring on Friday afternoon. But though the times were as tight as ever it was interesting that Lewis Hamilton
still had the upper hand for McLaren
Hamilton lapped in 1m 21.995s, for the second time in the day being in a time bracket all on his own, while Kimi Raikkonen
got closest with 1m 22.180s for dark horse Lotus
. Bruno Senna
made up for the time lost handing his Williams
FW34 over to Valtteri Bottas
to run third with 1m 22.253s, with the Ferrari
s of Felipe Massa
and Fernando Alonso
next up on 1m 22.417s and 1m 22.582s.
was sixth in the second McLaren with 1m 22.747s ahead of Paul di Resta
in the leading Force India
on 1m 22.794s. Sebastian Vettel
was only eighth for Red Bull with 1m 22.824s, with Lotuss Romain Grosjean
rounding out those under 1m 23s with 1m 22.922s.
lead runner again with 1m 23.160s but had team mate Nico Rosberg
right with him on 1m 23.164s. The veteran was one of the first to go out later when the track was at its worst, but damaged his W03 mildly after aquaplaning into the tyre wall at Turn 12.
was 12th in the second Williams on 1m 23.337s, with Nico Hulkenberg
taking over his Force India from Jules Bianchi
to post 1m 23.713s. Red Bulls Mark Webber
was only 14th on 1m 23.814s with Sauber
s Kamui Kobayashi
next on 1m 23.841s. Then came the Toro Rossos with Jean-Eric Vergne
ahead of Daniel Ricciardo
, with 1m 24.328s to 1m 24.345s. Saubers Sergio Perez
followed them with 1m 24.623s.
Caterham reverted Vitaly Petrov
to the Valencia set-up in a bid to find pace and the Russian lapped his CT-01 in 1m 24.823s as Heikki Kovalainen with the latest configuration couldnt better 1m 25.220s. Then there was a big gap to the final four, where Timo Glock
lapped his Marussia
in 1m 27.104s to head Pedro de la Rosa
on 1m 27.106s, team mate Charles Pic
on 1m 27.185s and Narain Karthikeyan
on 1m 27.822s in the other HRT.
Even before the rain there were plenty of minor incidents, with Massa, Schumacher, De la Rosa, Alonso, Di Resta, Maldonado, Vergne and Kovalainen going off road at times. The rain also upset a lot of the days planned running, obliging teams to switch from the medium Pirelli
s to the soft sooner than they had planned. (Formula1.com)
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