The Finn posted a 1m17.012s around the Hungaroring to lead a Mercedes 1-2 during the qualifying simulation runs, edging out Hamilton by just 0.027s. 

Bottas was 0.298s clear of championship leader Max Verstappen, who finished third after complaining about poor balance and understeer in his Red Bull throughout the 60-minute practice session.

The top three were in a league of their own in FP2, with fourth-placed Esteban Ocon over seven-tenths adrift in his Alpine.

Ocon finished a tenth clear of Sergio Perez, with the Mexican once again struggling to match the pace of his Red Bull teammate Verstappen.

Pierre Gasly was sixth for AlphaTauri, while an extensive rebuild following an FP1 crash meant his rookie teammate Yuki Tsunoda was restricted to just one flying lap in the afternoon as he finished 17th.

Alpine’s two-time world champion Fernando Alonso took seventh ahead of former title rival Sebastian Vettel, while Lando Norris and Lance Stroll completed the top-10 order for McLaren and Aston Martin.

Ferrari duo Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz just missed out on a place inside the top-10, as did McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo, who finished half a second down on Norris.

Nikita Mazepin was anchored to the bottom of the timesheets as he ended up nearly five seconds off the pace and a full two seconds behind Haas teammate Mick Schumacher.

Full results from second practice for the 2021 F1 Hungarian Grand Prix.