Hungarian GP: Valtteri Bottas fastest in Practice Two with Lewis Hamilton second ahead of Max Verstappen
Valtteri Bottas edged out Lewis Hamilton to the fastest time of Practice Two as Mercedes moved ahead of Red Bull’s championship leader Max Verstappen at the Hungarian GP.
Verstappen had narrowly topped the morning session from the Mercedes pair at a scorching Hungaroring but slipped behind both in the afternoon, with the Dutchman grappling with balance issues on his car.
Bottas’ quickest lap of 1:17.012 was 0.027s faster than team-mate Hamilton’s on their soft-tyre simulations. Verstappen finished 0.298s adrift in third.
“It’s so understeery it’s incredible,” said Verstappen.
Alpine enjoyed an impressive session with Esteban Ocon up in fourth and Fernando Alonso seventh.
But Sergio Perez again lagged a long way adrift of the single-lap pace of his chief rivals, finishing 0.8s back in the second Red Bull.
Pierre Gasly backed up his strong P1 performance with another top six, with Sebastian Vettel just ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris for Aston Martin.
After heavily damaging the rear of his AlphaTauri in a morning crash at Turn Four, Yuki Tsunoda was only able to get back on track in time for a solitary flying lap at the end of the session.
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