An Exploratory Friday – Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel finished fifth and seventh fastest respectively in their SF15-Ts in the second free practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix on this first day of track action.

Raikkonen completed 30 laps, the quickest in 1.25.134, while Vettel did 26. Both men worked on set-up and car balance. They ran both Pirelli compounds, Medium and Soft on the scorching hot Hungarian track, with temperatures hitting the 53 degree mark. Having been quickest in the morning, Lewis Hamilton topped the time sheet again for Mercedes in 1.23.949. Behind him came the Red Bulls of Danil Kvyat (1.24.300_ and Daniel Ricciardo (1.24.451.)

FP2 Times:

Pos Driver Car Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m23.949s 36
2 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 0.351s 29
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 0.502s 16
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 0.719s 34
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1.185s 30
6 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1.650s 37
7 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1.711s 26
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1.803s 31
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1.932s 35
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1.971s 31
11 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1.986s 19
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 2.045s 32
13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 2.141s 36
14 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 2.430s 36
15 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 2.493s 39
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 2.882s 29
17 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 5.164s 29
18 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 5.166s 28


A Busy Morning – The Ferraris ended the first free practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix, which sees the Formula 1 World Championship up and running again after a three week break, this time at the twisty track on the outskirts of Budapest.

Quickest was the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton (1.25.141) and Nico Rosberg (1.25.250,) ahead of Raikkonen in the SF15-T (1.25.812.) On his final lap, the Finn lost the front wing after going over a kerb. Vettel set the sixth fastest time having spent a good part of the session in the pits with an electrical problem that manifested itself on the installation lap. He got back on track, completing 14 laps with a best in 1.26.395.

FP1 Times:

Pos Driver Car Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m25.141s 18
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 0.109s 22
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 0.671s 23
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 0.912s 20
5 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 0.929s 17
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1.254s 14
7 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1.586s 25
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1.635s 14
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1.684s 19
10 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1.793s 27
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 2.131s 16
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 2.167s 17
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 2.176s 11
14 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 2.240s 19
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 2.268s 24
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 2.591s 23
17 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 3.427s 9
18 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 4.552s 17
19 Fabio Leimer Marussia/Ferrari 5.490s 18
20 Jolyon Palmer Lotus/Mercedes 4


From – Kimi: “It was not a very clean day, in fact it was a slightly different Friday than normal. We had some issues and missed some running, but we were more or less able to follow our program. The feeling with the car was not too bad and the tyres were behaving pretty ok, but the laptimes are still not right. I don’t know exactly what happened with my front wing, it just broke suddenly and came off damaging the tyre. The team is looking into it and hopefully they will find out the reason. Today it was only Friday, we had been trying many different things to see where we are. I think we can improve for tomorrow and find a bit more speed for the rest of the weekend.”

From – Kimi: “It [the front wing] just broke suddenly. Obviously it damaged the front wheel, the front tyre and rear tyre. I don’t know what happened, it just came off. I’m not scared. Obviously it’s not ideal when the front wing breaks but we don’t know the reason yet. At least I don’t know, the team is looking in to it and hopefully we’ll find the reason for it.”

From – Kimi: “It doesn’t feel too bad but obviously lap times are still not great. We had some issues today so it would have been better if we had run without those. We missed some laps … but it’s a normal Friday really, we’ll try and move forward from where we are and we’ll see tomorrow how we do.”


Video: Kimi has a front wing failure and puncture on T12 exit in FP1


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