2022 FP2 Hungarian Grand Prix report and highlights: FP2: Leclerc edges out impressive Norris as Ferrari sweeps Friday sessions at Hungaroring

Charles Leclerc was Budapest’s fastest man on Friday afternoon as the Monegasque driver topped the timesheets in the second practice session at the Hungaroring, edging out the impressive Lando Norris in the McLaren.

Leclerc made a strong start to the session, setting the tone early on the medium tire with a blistering time of 1m 18.911s, to edge teammate Carlos Sainz by 0.481s.

And with 20 minutes of racing in FP2 up, the riders began to spin down the track on soft tires and low on fuel for the usual Friday afternoon qualifying simulations.

AS IT HAPPENED: Follow all the action from the second practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix

And it was Lando Norris who threw down the first gauntlet, setting the fastest first sector on his way to set a time of 1m 18.662s. However, the McLaren driver’s time was quickly beaten by Leclerc, who went more than two tenths faster with a time of 1m 18.445s.

1


Charles
Leclerc
LEC
Ferrari

1:18.445

2


lando
Norris
NEITHER
McLaren

+0.217s

3


Carlos
sainz
SAI
Ferrari

+0.231s

4


Max
Verstappen
WORM
Running of the red bulls

+0.283s

5


Daniel
Ricardo
RIC
McLaren

+0.427s

Sainz – who dropped out of his first race attempt on soft tires – was a fraction behind in setting the session’s third fastest time, ahead of championship leader Max Verstappen in fourth – with the top four covered by just 0.283 seconds.

It was a good day for McLaren, with 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix winner Daniel Ricciardo in fifth, just over two-tenths behind his team-mate, with the Alpine of Fernando Alonso – another former Hungaroring winner – in sixth place.

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Fresh off the announcement that he would be retiring at the end of the season, Sebastian Vettel in the updated Aston Martin finished seventh fastest, ahead of George Russell in eighth. Sergio Perez, in second Red Bull, was ninth, with Valtteri Bottas’ Alfa Romeo completing the top 10 in his first session of the day, having been replaced by Robert Kubica in FP1.

Lewis Hamilton, eight-time winner in Budapest, was 11th – although he ran into traffic on a faster lap – sandwiched by the two Alfa Romeo drivers, with Zhou Guanyu 12th.

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Last year’s Hungarian winner Esteban Ocon finished 13th, more than half a second behind his Alpine teammate, ahead of Lance Stroll in 14th, with the AlphaTauris of Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda in 15th and 19th, respectively. .

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Between those two were Kevin Magnussen – in the improved Haas – in 16th, ahead of teammate Mick Schumacher in 17th, with Nicholas Latifi leading Williams in 18th.

Alex Albon was in 20th place after having his qualifying race cut short by a spin at Turn 1, as well as oversteer problems.

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