Hungarian GP: Gasly leads Red Bull one-two in FP2 disrupted by rain

Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly topped the second Formula 1 free practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix, setting the fastest time before the rain came

Hungarian GP: Gasly leads Red Bull one-two in FP2 disrupted by rain

The 90-minute session started with rain widely anticipated, meaning teams were eager to get on track to capitalise on the dry conditions.

But they were interrupted by the session being red flagged after three minutes thanks to Alex Albon crashing his Toro Rosso at the final corner.

Albon touched the grass with his left wheels and was pitched sideways into the barrier at the right-hander, subsequently admitting it was "driver error".

After a six-minute delay, the session resumed and with very light rain sporadically falling the drivers headed out on a variety of different tyre compounds while they could still use slicks.

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas was the first to set a new fastest time, posting a 1m18.289s on mediums that displaced Kimi Raikkonen's effort from the initial three minutes of running.

Team-mate Lewis Hamilton eclipsed him with a lap of 1m18.110s on hards, which he subsequently lowered to a 1m17.995s.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen then hit the front on mediums, setting a time of 1m17.909s.

But Gasly then set his fastest time, a 1m17.854s, to secure top spot shortly before the track was officially declared wet after 22 minutes when the rain intensified.

Nobody was able to improve in the rest of the session, although everyone except the eliminated Albon did run on intermediates and Carlos Sainz Jr even ran a single lap on slicks.

Verstappen held onto second place with his lap, which was 0.055 seconds slower, ahead of the two Mercedes drivers, with Hamilton ahead of Bottas.

Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo was briefly as high as second with his pace on softs before being shuffled down to fifth fastest, 0.743s off the pace.

Raikkonen ended up as the best-placed Ferrari-powered car in sixth place, ahead of the lead works car of Charles Leclerc, who used mediums for his fastest time.

Nico Hulkenberg put the second Renault eighth using softs, ahead of the similarly-shod Alfa Romeo of Antonio Giovinazzi and Daniil Kvyat's Toro Rosso, also on the red-walled tyres.

Romain Grosjean, still running the Australian GP-specification Haas, was 11th fastest on mediums, 1.195s off the pace ahead of team-mate Kevin Magnussen's upgraded version, running hards.

Sebastian Vettel ran on hards when the track was dry, ending up 13th and 1.400s off the pace - also having an off-track moment when he cut the Turn 6/7 chicane.

Sainz was best of the McLarens in 14th with a time 1.544s down on medium rubber, with Racing Point's Sergio Perez on hards three-tenths further back.

Lance Stroll also used hards to take 16th place ahead of the soft-shod Williams of George Russell, who was only two seconds off the fastest time.

McLaren driver Lando Norris lost track time early on to a minor hydraulic leak that manifested itself when he first went out, but did use mediums to set 18th fastest time.

Robert Kubica was 19th and slowest of those to set a time, as Albon had not completed a flying lap before his crash.

FP2 times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Honda 1m17.854s - 16
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 1m17.909s 0.055s 12
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m17.995s 0.141s 15
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m18.184s 0.330s 18
5 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m18.597s 0.743s 13
6 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m18.682s 0.828s 25
7 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m18.852s 0.998s 21
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m18.892s 1.038s 14
9 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m18.909s 1.055s 25
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 1m18.957s 1.103s 22
11 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m19.149s 1.295s 19
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m19.178s 1.324s 21
13 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m19.254s 1.400s 24
14 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren/Renault 1m19.398s 1.544s 22
15 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 1m19.721s 1.867s 13
16 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 1m19.774s 1.920s 14
17 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 1m19.889s 2.035s 14
18 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1m20.401s 2.547s 6
19 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 1m20.439s 2.585s 15
20 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso/Honda - - 2

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