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Hamilton extends advantage in FP2

25 July 2014

Full FP2 times HERE

Lewis Hamilton put down a marker ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix by extending his advantage over team-mate Nico Rosberg in FP2.

Having been less than 0.2s faster in the opening session, Hamilton improved on the soft tyre runs to set a 1:24.482 and beat Rosberg by almost a quarter of a second. While Rosberg remained second it was Sebastian Vettel who moved in to third place with a 1:25.111 ahead of Fernando Alonso's Ferrari.

Kevin Magnussen split the two Ferraris as Kimi Raikkonen ensured the team had another encouraging Friday as he finished sixth quickest, less than 0.3s slower than Alonso. However, recent form has tended to see the relative pace drop away by qualifying.

Daniel Ricciardo was seventh quickest ahead of Valtteri Bottas, Jenson Button and Felipe Massa. Williams was already appearing to have a less competitive day when Massa spun at the chicane at Turn 6, ruining his tyres. Once the car returned to the garage, Rob Smedley was seen vigorously shaking the rear tyres before the car was allowed back out again.

Romain Grosjean also spent a lot of time in the garage as Lotus suffered from reliability issues during FP2. Grosjean was hit by a cooling system leak which limited his running to a total of 14 laps.

Drivers continued to run wide as they had in the opening session, with Kevin Magnussen skipping the chicane completely at Turn 6 and running through the gravel early on.

Kamui Kobayashi was another driver to struggle as the track started to build up grip as he spun in his Caterham at Turn 8, managing to stop the car before it reached the barrier. However, Kobayashi was enjoying an encouraging afternoon as he finished quicker than both Marussias – with Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton perhaps seeing more of an impact due to the lack of FRIC suspension at the Hungaroring than it did in Germany.


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