Red Bull have retained their place at the top of the timesheets in the second free practice session ahead of this Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
Vettel was once again the man to beat with team-mate Mark Webber close behind while a visibly improved Romain Grosjean slotted into third. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was fourth, again, while Felipe Massa jumped from his morning spot of fifteenth to fifth in the afternoon. Having lost out on the Young Driver Test last weekend, Mercedes spent the first practice session evaluating the new Pirelli compound, but with the testing over they were back to normal and finished the day sixth and seventh respectively.
Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen brushed with McLaren’s Jenson Button during the session and Kimi eventually finished the session eighth ahead of ninth placed Button and Adrian Sutil tenth at his 100th Grand Prix.
The other Force India, piloted by Paul di Resta, finished the session eleventh ahead of McLaren’s Sergio Perez and Williams’ Pastor Maldonado. The Sauber duo of Esteban Gutierrez and Nico Hulkenberg were next in line, fourteenth for the Mexican and fifteenth for the more experienced German. Next up were the Toro Rosso drivers, Jean-Eric Vergne once again trumping Daniel Ricciardo, after Christian Horner effectively removed Vergne from the battle for the vacant Red Bull seat. Valtteri Bottas was eighteenth f0r Williams followed by the usual suspects – Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde in nineteenth and twentieth for Caterham with Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton rounding up the field with twenty-first and twenty-second for Marussia.