Hungaroring, FP2: Leclerc tops the timesheet

Norris 2nd, Sainz 3rd


By Olivier Ferret

29 July 2022 - 18:13
Hungaroring, FP2: Leclerc tops the (...)

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc went quickest in second practice for the 2022 FIA Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix beating McLaren’s Lando Norris by 0.2 seconds with Carlos Sainz third in the other Ferrari. World Championship leader Max Verstappen finished fourth for Red Bull.

At the start of the second hour of practice the first man out on track was Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel who ahead of the weekend announced his intention to retire from the sport at the end of the 2022 season. He was followed by team-mate Lance Stroll, Haas’ Kevin Magnussen and Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas.

It was Sainz, though, who set the early pace, the Spaniard setting a time of 1:20.487 on medium tyres. Verstappen took over at the top with a 1:19.854 before Leclerc made his way to the top with a lap of 1:18.911.

That lap have the Monegasque deriver bragging right in the medium-tyre phase of the session ahead of Sainz and Verstappen, while the Dutchman’s team-mate Sergio Pérez managed to climb to third, though as in France last weekend, the Mexican looked less comfortable in the current spec RB18 than his Red Bull team-mate.

Then came the switch to soft tyres for performance runs and while Sainz made a small improvement to 1:19.392 it was Norris who rose to the top of the order. The Briton notched a time of 1m18.662s, despite going marginally wide in the final corner and kicking up a cloud of dust.

Leclerc then emerged on the red-banded Pirelli tyres and he powered to a time of 1:18.445, just over two tenths of a second clear of the McLaren driver. The Ferrari driver’s time would remain the best of the session.

Sainz took third place ahead of Verstappen who spent a long spell in the garage as his team worked his suspension set-up following complaints about oscillations from the Dutchman.

A good day for McLaren was confirmed by Daniel Ricciardo who took fifth place for the British team ahead of Alpine’s Fernando Alonso.

Vettel finished the session in seventh place ahead of George Russell, who ended the session as the quickest of the two Mercedes, with team-mate Lewis Hamilton down in 112th place in a session that featured a number of off-track excursions. Pérez finished ninth ahead of Bottas.

Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu took 12th spot ahead of the second Alpine of Esteban Ocon and Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll, while AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly was 15th ahead of Haas’ Kevin Magnussen. Mick Schumacher wass 17th in the second Haas ahead of Williams’ Nicholas Latifi, AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda and the second Williams of Alex Albon.

01 Charles Leclerc Ferrari F1-75 1:18.445 27
02 Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes MCL36 1:18.662 29
03 Carlos Sainz Ferrari F1-75 1:18.676 29
04 Max Verstappen Red Bull RBPT RB18 1:18.728 26
05 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Mercedes MCL36 1:18.872 27
06 Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault A522 1:19.049 30
07 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Mercedes AMR22 1:19.253 31
08 George Russell Mercedes W13 1:19.355 28
09 Sergio Perez Red Bull RBPT RB18 1:19.397 28
10 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo Ferrari C42 1:19.411 30
11 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W13 1:19.547 23
12 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo Ferrari C42 1:19.605 26
13 Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault A522 1:19.614 27
14 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Mercedes AMR22 1:19.702 30
15 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri RBPT AT03 1:19.730 28
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari VF-22 1:19.818 29
17 Mick Schumacher Haas Ferrari VF-22 1:19.985 28
18 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes FW44 1:20.488 30
19 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri RBPT AT03 1:20.521 31
20 Alex Albon Williams Mercedes FW44 1:20.615 20

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