Bottas goes fastest in FP2 in Hungary with Hamilton, Verstappen behind

2021 Hungarian Grand Prix, Friday – LAT Images. Credits: Daimler.

Valtteri Bottas tops the timesheets ahead of his teammate and Max Verstappen in the second practice session at Hungaroring.

The first drivers to go out on track were Kimi Raikkonen, who did not drive in the morning because Robert Kubica was behind the wheel, and Carlos Sainz with his SF21.

The track temperature was 63 degrees celsius, meaning that understanding tire management will be critical.

Valtteri Bottas was the fastest at the start of the session, with Fernando Alonso right behind him. However, Lewis Hamilton put his W12 in the second position, but Max Verstappen stole his position right away.

Everyone was out on medium tires, and only Sainz, Lando Norris, and Nicholas Latifi were using the hard ones. The Ferrari driver (P11) was right in front of Norris, while Latifi was in P16.

Only 15 minutes into the session, Hamilton took the lead ahead of Bottas by 0.108 seconds. Meanwhile, Verstappen was not entirely happy with the car and pitted.

Sebastian Vettel fitted the soft tires and put his Aston Martin in P2. The other drivers with soft tires were Lance Stroll in P4, George Russell, who occupied P11, and Latifi in P12.

Then, Ferrari and Mercedes went out with the soft tires to try a flying lap. Charles Leclerc went up to P7, Sainz was in P8, Bottas was the fastest ahead of Hamilton once again. The Mercedes pair were only separated by 0.027 seconds. In P3, there was Esteban Ocon, with Pierre Gasly, Vettel, Stroll, and Verstappen behind.

Lando Norris also started his flying lap, and with him, Verstappen too. The McLaren driver managed to steal P6 ahead of Stroll. The Dutchman only put his Red Bull in P3, 0.298 behind Bottas. Sergio Perez only reached P5, behind Ocon.

After the first flying lap, Hamilton went for a second one. Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso set the seventh fastest time with soft tires.

Halfway through the session, it was time for the teams to focus on the race pace simulation.

Mercedes was still doing good in the race pace simulation, while Verstappen was not happy with the car.

In the end, AlphaTauri managed to put Yuki Tsunoda out on track after solving the problems. The Japanese took P17.

3VerstappenRed Bull+0.298
5PerezRed Bull+0.812
8VettelAston Martin+1.216
10StrollAston Martin+1.308
14RaikkonenAlfa Romeo+2.265
17Tsunoda AlphaTauri+2.659
19GiovinazziAlfa Romeo+3.174
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