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Lewis Hamilton has completed a dominant first day of free practice action ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix as he comfortably paced FP2, while Red Bull moved itself into position as Mercedes' closest rivals at the Hungaroring.

Having set the pace with a rapid early effort in FP1, Hamilton was once more in scintillating form on the soft rubber, stopping the clock at 1min 23.949secs.

Already half a second faster than at the equivalent point last season, Hamilton finished the session more than three tenths faster than Daniil Kvyat, who - along with third place Daniel Ricciardo - confirmed Red Bull's encouraging pace around a circuit less dependent on its 'underpowered' Renault engine.

Even so, its reliability remains a question mark after Ricciardo's session ended with his engine expiring in dramatic fashion, prompting a brief red flag period. As his power unit wasn't a race engine, he won't be subjected to a grid penalty.

Unable to match his team-mate, Nico Rosberg was fourth fastest, seven tenths down on his Mercedes counterpart and title rival, while Kimi Raikkonen rounded out the top five from top Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz.

Sebastian Vettel endured an eventful afternoon with two spins - one at turn twelve and another at turn one - en route to seventh, while Fernando Alonso gave McLaren reason to be encouraged with the eighth best time, ahead of the Williams' of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa.

Meanwhile, Force India was forced to sit out the session altogether as it continues investigations into what caused Sergio Perez's spectacular crash in FP1, the team withdrawing both of its drivers from FP2.

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