July 26th, 2013 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - Practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix has been all about Red Bull, as Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber have now topped both Friday practice sessions. In FP2, it was Vettel ahead of Webber, as in FP1 this morning, but this time it was the Lotus of Romain Grosjean that came through third.
The relative form of the teams is becoming a little more clear now that both tyre compounds have been used. Red Bull are looking most competitive, but are not too far ahead of Lotus and Ferrari. Mercedes seem to have dropped back a little bit since the German Grand Prix, which is reasonable after they were barred from last week's Young Driver Test for taking part in a "secret" tyre test with Pirelli earlier in the season.
The session proceeded without incident. All of the cars were reliable and the drivers sufficiently accurate to avoid major mishaps. The only close shave of the session came when Kimi Raikkonen, on a hot lap, tried to pass Jenson Button (on a slow lap) into the final corner of the track. Button appeared to not have seen the Lotus behind him, and duly turned into the corner without leaving Raikkonen any space. Raikkonen reacted well to avoid contact and carried on for another few laps before pitting, presumably on schedule.
FP2 saw the first appearance of the soft tyre this weekend - only the hard compound was used in FP1. There seems to be quite a large performance gap between the tyre compounds, perhaps as much as a second, although it's difficult to tell precise differences without knowing the fuel loads used on each set of tyres. The soft tyre will certainly be the tyre of choice for qualifying throughout the field, and possibly for all three sessions, even for the quicker teams that can normally make it through Q1 on the harder of the two compounds.
Full results from FP2:
|1||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:21.264||34|
|2||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:21.308||0.044||42|
|10||15||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1:22.304||1.040||41|
|11||14||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||1:22.526||1.262||39|
|20||21||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham-Renault||1:25.065||3.801||36|