Hungary, FP2: Leclerc quickest in second practice
Ahead of Norris and Gasly
Charles Leclerc set the fastest lap of the second practice session for the 2023 FIA Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix, with the Ferrari driver beating McLaren’s Lando Norris by 0.015s, while Pierre Gasly finished third for Alpine. World Championship leader Max Verstappen ended the session in 11th place.
At the start of the second hour of practice Williams’ Logan Sargeat set the early pace with the American driver posting a lap of 1:18.836 on Soft tyres. That time stood as the quickest for the first quarter of an hour, with even Verstappen unable to get closer than 0.075s off the Williams despite using the same compound.
Eventually, Sargeant’s time at the top was ended by his Williams team-mate Alex Albon. The Thai driver posted a lap of 1:18.377 on Medium tyres to take P1 but his stay there was short as he was soon ousted, first by Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll, then by Haas’ Nico Hülkenberg and by Yuki Tsunoda who moved ahead with a lap of 1:17.934s in an AlphaTauri boasting a number of upgrades for this weekend.
Norris then took over with a Soft-tyre time of 1:17.701 but soon after the halfway mark Leclerc popped up with a lap of 1:17.686, just 0.015s clear of the McLaren driver.
Behind them the expected pacesetters were not making a dent on the upper part of the timesheet. Verstappen, circling on Softs, was stuck in midfield and Sergio Pérez, on Mediums, was also struggling to make an impact. And with fewer tyres available to teams this weekend with the Alternative Tyre Allocation format being debuted, there was little real movement as teams focused on longer runs.
Behind Gasly, Tsunoda managed to hang on to fourth place, with Esteban Ocon fifth in the other Alpine. Hülkenberg finished in sixth place, with Valtteri Bottas seventh for Alfa Romeo. Fernando Alonso finished in P8, four tenths of a second off Leclerc, and the final top 10 places were taken by Zhou Guanyu in the second Alfa and Carlos Sainz in the other Ferrari.
Verstappen’s best was only good enough for P11 just ahead of Stroll, while Albon slid to P13 ahead of the returning Daniel Ricciardo in the second AlphaTauri. Kevin Magnussen took 15th place for Haas ahead of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton while the Briton’s team-mate George Russell finished 20th.
|01||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari SF-23||1:17.686||20|
|02||Lando Norris||McLaren Mercedes MCL60||1:17.701||30|
|03||Pierre Gasly||Alpine Renault A523||1:17.918||26|
|04||Yuki Tsunoda||AlphaTauri Honda RBPT AT04||1:17.934||31|
|05||Esteban Ocon||Alpine Renault A523||1:18.045||30|
|06||Nico Hülkenberg||Haas Ferrari VF-23||1:18.058||29|
|07||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo Ferrari C43||1:18.085||29|
|08||Fernando Alonso||Aston Martin Mercedes AMR23||1:18.105||32|
|09||Guanyu Zhou||Alfa Romeo Ferrari C43||1:18.108||31|
|10||Carlos Sainz||Ferrari SF-23||1:18.182||30|
|11||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Honda RBPT RB19||1:18.279||18|
|12||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin Mercedes AMR23||1:18.319||33|
|13||Alex Albon||Williams Mercedes FW45||1:18.377||32|
|14||Daniel Ricciardo||AlphaTauri Honda RBPT AT04||1:18.385||30|
|15||Kevin Magnussen||Haas Ferrari VF-23||1:18.504||27|
|16||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes W14||1:18.746||28|
|17||Logan Sargeant||Williams Mercedes FW45||1:18.836||30|
|18||Sergio Pérez||Red Bull Honda RBPT RB19||1:18.978||14|
|19||Oscar Piastri||McLaren Mercedes MCL60||1:19.117||18|
|20||George Russell||Mercedes W14||1:19.175||23|