2022 Hungarian Grand Prix FP2 report and highlights: FP2: Leclerc heads impressive Norris as Ferrari sweep Friday sessions at the Hungaroring

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

Leclerc got off to a great start to the session, setting the early pace on the medium tire with a blistering time of 1m 18.911s, to lead his teammate Carlos Sainz by 0.481s.

And with a 20-minute run in FP2, the drivers started to hit the track on soft tires and low on fuel for the usual Friday afternoon qualifying simulations.

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And it was Lando Norris who put down the early gauntlet and set the fastest first sector en route to a time of 1m 18.662s. However, the McLaren racer’s time was quickly beaten by Leclerc, who went over two tenths faster with a time of 1m 18,445s.

1


Charles
Leclerc
LEC
Ferrari

1:18,445

2


Lando
norris
NOR
McLaren

+0.217s

3


Carlos
Sainz
SAI
Ferrari

+0.231s

4


Max
Verstappen
FAR
Red Bull Racing

+0.283s

5


Daniel
Ricciardo
RIC
McLaren

+0.427s

Sainz – who had given up on his first attempt at a soft tire run – was a fraction further back as he set the session’s third fastest time, ahead of championship leader Max Verstappen in fourth – with the top four 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 teammate, with Fernando Alonso’s Alpine – another former winner at the Hungaroring – in sixth. .

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Fresh off the announcement that he will be retiring at the end of the season, Sebastian Vettel, in the revamped Aston Martin, was seventh, ahead of George Russell in eighth. Sergio Perez, in the second Red Bull, finished ninth, while Valtteri Bottas’ Alfa Romeo rounded out the top 10 in its first session of the day, after being replaced by Robert Kubica in FP1.

Eight-time winner in Budapest Lewis Hamilton finished 11th – although he encountered traffic on a faster lap – wedged between the two Alfa Romeo drivers, with Zhou Guanyu in 12th place.

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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 was Kevin Magnussen – in the improved Haas – on 16th, ahead of his teammate Mick Schumacher on 17th, with Nicholas Latifi leading Williams on 18th.

Alex Albon was behind in 20th place after his qualifying run was limited by a spin in Turn 1, and he struggled with oversteer.

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