Hungarian GP: Bottas edges Hamilton for Mercedes 1-2 in FP2

Valtteri Bottas led a Mercedes-AMG 1-2 finish in Free Practice 2 at a warm Hungaroring for the end of Friday proceedings before FP3 tomorrow.

The second Free Practice session of the weekend was full of sunshine with high track temperatures edging 60 degrees Celsius.

Kimi Raikkonen, who sat out FP1 when Robert Kubica took part in his car, was the first driver to go out once the session went green.

Teams were keen on getting their drivers to perform longer runs as part of their race simulation programs.

Antonio Giovinazzi only ran five laps in FP1 due to an unconfirmed issue, but it was sorted with the Italian getting his weekend set in motion.

Around halfway through the hour-long session, the soft tyres were being put on and drivers were turning up the pace.

Grip was a factor in the warm conditions as exemplified by McLaren’s Lando Norris and his slide. Lewis Hamilton was also reporting his efforts to drive to these less-than-ideal grip conditions.

Yuki Tsunoda, who’s crash at Turn 4 caused a brief Red Flag in FP1, spent the majority of the session in the garage before he was sent out to do three laps at the end.

Alike with Giovinazzi’s absence in FP1, crucial track time was lost but at the consequence of the rookie’s mistake.

By the end, Valtteri Bottas headed a 1-2 for Mercedes with his time of 1m17.012s, edging his seven-time champion teammate by 0.027s.

Max Verstappen was in third, whilst Esteban Ocon, Sergio Perez and Pierre Gasly were in positions fourth, fifth and sixth.

Fernando Alonso finished in seventh spot ahead of Sebastian Vettel, Lando Norris and Lance Stroll to round off the top-10.

Ferrari duo Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz were in 11th and 12th as the Spaniard accumulated the most laps at 29.

Daniel Ricciardo and Raikkonen were in 13th and 14th ahead of George Russell and Nicholas Latifi.

Tsunoda’s late outing got him in 17th but was down on track mileage since his morning crash.

The Haas teammates round the field with Mick Schumacher over Nikita Mazepin.