Michael Schumacher was quick to play down his accident during second free practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The German slid off into the tyres having ventured onto the wet circuit on intermediate tyres and damaged the front of his car, spending the rest of the session watching on as a result.

It marked the second successive event in which the seven-time champion has crashed out in a wet practice session although the Mercedes man insisted it wasn't anything he was concerned about.

"We had two sessions with normal running, expect for my little crash into the tyres this afternoon," he said. "I just locked up and run out of road. By hitting the tyres, I lost the front wing, but other than that, nothing is damaged on the car, I believe. It was the kind of incident that happens when suddenly a shower hits the dry track.

"The car felt okay until then, and we will now look deep into our data to find a good way to approach qualifying and the race. The rain might undoubtedly be an opportunity but I am not totally sure about the forecast. Let's see what we can take away from here."

Mercedes motorsport boss Norbert Haug also played down the incident, although he said it had been a disappointing day for the team with Schumacher and team-mate Nico Rosberg down in tenth and eleventh on the times.

"It was not a great first day for us here in Hungary, and there is room for improvement tomorrow," he said. "Michael's off in the second session due to aquaplaning was not a big deal. He lost only ten laps of track time compared to Nico and his car will be fine for tomorrow."


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