Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton again set the pace in Friday’s second practice in Hungary, but this time the Red Bulls of Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo were his closest challengers – despite the latter’s car coming to a smoky halt late in the session.
Kvyat’s best lap was three-tenths down on Hamilton’s, with Ricciardo a further two-tenths adrift. Nico Rosberg, fourth fastest in the second Mercedes and seven-tenths off his team mate, was the only other man to get within a second of the world champion’s leading time.
Kimi Raikkonen was the front-running Ferrari in fifth, separated from team mate Sebastian Vettel by the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz. Fernando Alonso was an encouraging eighth for McLaren, with the Williams of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa completing the top ten.
It was Hamilton who looked the most hooked up however, as the Briton – a four-time winner in Hungary – set the fastest time of 1m 26.132s on the medium tyres and then did likewise on the softs with 1m 23.949s.
Kvyat and Ricciardo sprang surprises with 1m 24.300s and 1m 24.451s respectively, although it remains to be seen what fuel loads the top teams were running. The day also ended on a slightly downbeat note when Ricciardo ground to a halt, smoke spewing from his Renault engine, at the end of the session – although it was not his race engine, meaning the rest of his weekend will not be affected.