Free practice 2

Hello and welcome - or welcome back - to ESPNF1's coverage of Friday practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix. FP2 gets underway in just over 20 minutes time, and it's been a surprisingly busy break between sessions...

For those of you outside the UK, it won't be big news, but the BBC/Sky broadcast deal has upset many a Formula One fan on British shores, and the reaction over the past few hours has been overwhelmingly negative. If you've got a view, you can let us know using the link above or via Twitter @ESPNF1_live

Of course, I'm sure it's fairly irrelevant to those of you following around the world, but the broadcasting rights is not the only thing that has kept people busy since the end of FP1. Mark Webber went and crashed his car during the first session, and his Red Bull team have been busy repairing it. They say it will be ready in time for the start of second practice.

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If you weren't with us for FP1, firstly, shame on you. And secondly, Lewis Hamilton was the fastest man as the cooler conditions favoured McLaren once again. Obviously I don't mean shame on you, I'm sure you had good reason.

Now you can use the link above to ask us anything you like as well - preferably Formula One related - and we'll do our best to answer as many of your questions as we can. One final point on the broadcasting news: we hear that Bernie Ecclestone will be meeting with the teams later this afternoon to discuss it.

Now, shall we turn our attentions to the track? Good. Rakesh was pleased with how FP1 went as he has emailed us to say:

"Hungary seems to be Hamilton's den. It feels great when someone prevents a Red Bull from taking the top spot, even if it is just FP. Such has been their dominance!"

Rain has been forecast today, but so far it has remained dry, and continues to be at the moment despite some threatening grey clouds around the Hungaroring.

The track temperature is a touch warmer than it was this morning too, so that should help Ferrari and Red Bull, but the teams won't worry too much about overall lap times just yet as the track continues to rubber in.

We've just seen Hamilton joking with his brother before getting in the car, and he looks very relaxed after setting the fastest time of the morning. The victory in Germany has clearly put the 2008 World Champion in a good mood.

And the session has started, with Alguersuari first out on track, followed by Ricciardo, D'Ambrosio, Glock, Trulli, Buemi, Kovalainen and Perez.

Strong views from Paul on email:

"BBC yet again out negotiated by Commercial TV. All the BBC 10 race coverage will do is act as a promotional campaign for Sky, giving a smooth transition to them rather than a brutal drop off in viewer numbers. That would have happened otherwise. Sack the morons who even considered this a worthwhile deal. If they had stuck to their guns and said "No, its all or nothing" they would have got it. Bernie does not want it going behond a pay-wall, to keep viewer numbers up."

Alguersuari sets the first flying lap, a 1:27.596.

Alguersuari sets the first flying lap, a 1:27.596.

Buemi is out on the supersoft tyres, and that may indicate rain on the way as we normally don't see those runs until later in the session.

Mercedes is less worried though, as Schumacher is out on the soft tyre. Perez goes quickest on a 1:25.881

Desmond emails in from Rotterdam to inform us:

"Well believe me guys, also outside of the UK it upsets a lot of people when it comes to the coverage of F1 by BBC. Or half the live coverage in 2012.

Guess this is going to hurt F1 in a bad way with lot of (potential) sponsors second guessing their value for money in the sport. So I hope CVC and Mr. E's soon will realize that their pockets will be a lot emptier at the end of next season because a lot of people are not willing to pay an additional 40 to 50 Euros monthly just to see racing. Maybe pay per view will be more acceptable.

Anyway you guys are doing a great job and as always it's a pleasure to follow your commentary!"

Thanks for your views and kind comments Desmond.

Felipe Massa was going very quickly on soft tyres but has backed off in the final sector. Petrov is now fastest with a 1:25.560

Massa winds it up again, but is compromised by an HRT in the middle sector. He still manages to go fastest though with a 1:22.928

Hamilton's first lap is a 1:23.593, good enough for second quickest at the moment.

A bit of a strange moment as Barrichello cuts up D'Ambrosio in the pit lane as he overtakes him and attacks the pit limiter line.

Vettel goes quickest with a 1:22.666, he's on the soft tyre too, which is the harder of the two compounds available this weekend.

Button then beats is by 0.1s, but Alonso is fast behind him and tops the timesheets with a 1:22.297.

Webber is on track and sixth quickest so far in 1:23.616, so his FP1 crash doesn't seem to have hampered him too much.

Felipe Massa locks up on the way in to turn two, and then spins the car in turn 12 having set the fastest middle sector. No damage done other than a few flat spots.

Button goes quickest with a 1:22.091, and when you consider that the fastest time of the morning was a 1:23.350 then you can see how quickly the track is evolving and delivering more grip.

Marc emails in to say:

"I have been following F1 since the mid 90`s here in Canada. We never had a race on free-to-air TV, it's always been on specialized channels. Even tough they are broadcasting the live stream from the BBC, we have to pay to get the channel itself."

Renault (OfficialLRGP) on Twitter: "Vitaly back in, reports improvement in car but still poor traction and rear lack of grip"

Alguersuari also has supersoft tyres on now, and he only has Alonso and di Resta for company

Buemi, Heidfeld, Kovalainen and Glock are also on track now, and Alguersuari pits so his seventh-fastest time was set earlier on the supersoft tyre.

Laura from Barcelona emails in to say (or gloat!): "Hush! I cannot imagine paying to watch F1! We've got two different channels in here broadcasting F1, one in catalan and the other one in spanish... I guess we're lucky!"

Akshay asks: "Any idea what the F1 paddock thinks of Adrian Sutil as a driver?"

Well it's hard to gauge overall opinion, but his performance in Germany was highly impressive, and we have an exclusive interview with him running on the site.

Alonso goes quickest, just 0.021s quicker than Button.

Still cloudy, but still no sign of rain and Lotus tells Trulli that the chances are decreasing.

Teams are starting to carry out longer runs now, and so the sector times are quite a way off what they were earlier as the heavy fuel has an effect.

Steven emails in from the States:

"In the U.S. on pay cable SPEED TV in the Northeast. We only get Practice 2 Qualifying live and the Race which mid season switched from live to Fox's channel at noon no matter when the race is. It generally sucks, but I have to also add that I think the "World Feed" is PATHETIC compared to the coverage of NASCAR... and I consider Nascar the equivalent of the professional wrestling of auto racing"

Thabani emails in with a view from South Africa:

"For over a decade, F1 has been televised on a pay channel here in South Africa. It probably won't affect viewership in other countries, provided F1 was on pay channels as well, which I suspect is the case."

Luthando says:

"I'm quite curious about the sudden pace showed by McLaren at the last Grand Prix. Free Practice suggested another disaster weekend for them but then they had good pace in both Qualy and the race (Both Hamilton and Button). Lewis did mention after the practice sessions that Fuel loads were a mystery (this to me suggests that McLaren were running heavier for the majority of the weekend), why would a team playing catchup do that.

On another note, as much as I understand the need to save costs, I'd love to see refuelling return to the sport, guys like Hamilton really excel when running light (think Monaco 2007 both Qualy and the race)."

Well McLaren were hurt more than Ferrari and Red Bull by the off-throttle blown diffuser ban at Silverstone Luthando, so when those regulations changed for Germany it helped them become more competitive. The cooler temperatures on Saturday and Sunday also played in to their hands, but they also seem to be able to get the car to perform more consistently. With regards to refuelling, unfortunately for you F1 is going the other way, with a limit on the amount of fuel that can be used in a race being introduced in 2014 to ensure that the new engines are economical.

Hamilton locks up in to turn one and runs wide. He got off the brakes early to avoid flat-spotting the tyres.

Jarno Trulli appears to be getting to grips with the new power steering system in the Lotus - he's 0.9s quicker than his team-mate Kovalainen at the moment.

Felipe Massa starts a flying lap on supersoft tyres. His current best time is a 1:22.928

Massa was quickest in the first sector but then went wide in the turn eight and nine section and had to back out of the lap.

Alonso is also out on the supersoft tyres, and quickest man in sector one

Massa couldn't go quicker than Button and Alonso on his lap, a 1:22.099

But Alonso goes 0.8s quicker on the supersoft tyre, a 1:21.259

Perez begins a flying lap on super soft tyres

Track temperature has risen to 30C as the sun tries to break through the clouds.

Thabani asks: "How is it that Red Bull is supremely quick on Saturday, not so much on Sunday, even when fuel loads decrease? Is it the design or setup?"

It will be a bit of both Thabani, as the RB7 gets its tyres working very well in qualifying, but then overworks them slightly in the race so they are forced to set the car up to look after the tyres more on a Sunday.

Jenson Button on a supersoft tyre lap, and he is quickest in the first sector but 0.3s down in the middle sector

Button is quicker in the final sector though, and is just 0.063 off Alonso's time. Hamilton going quicker though...

Hamilton goes quickest with a 1:21.018

And speaking of Hamilton, McNeil emails in to say:

"People always find it easy to criticize Lewis I want to know why?? I mean guys like me only watch formula 1 because of guys like kobayashi and especially Lewis people with balls to spice up the show not people who need team orders to overtake a teammate or let alone because they start ahead of everyone but can't find their way through the field. I mean I don't know much about what goes on in the f1 world and in fact I don't care all I care about is seeing action on the race track and Lewis Hamilton is the main man to watch… could I be wrong"

Kovalainen has gone a second quicker than the Mercedes pair on supersoft tyres. Neither Mercedes has done a low fuel supersoft run yet though

Webber on the option tyre is 0.5s slower than Hamilton.

It is difficult to make clear comparisons as the teams are all carrying out their own programs, but the gap seems to be very big between the front three teams and the rest of the grid. Perez is seventh quickest and he is a full second slower than Vettel in fifth, who is yet to do a lap on supersoft tyres.

Rosberg now on a supersoft tyre run

Rosberg goes sixth quickest, and is just 0.1s slower than Massa.

Vettel is on track on soft tyres now

Vettel can only go fifth quickest, and 0.5s down on Lewis Hamilton, similar to his team-mate.

Schumacher's supersoft tyre run puts him eighth quickest, 1.4s off Hamilton's time.

At the back of the field, Trulli is 0.2s quicker than Petrov in the Renault, and just 0.1s slower than Buemi, so clearly happier with the new power steering system I mentioned earlier.

Back to heavy fuel runs, and Alonso on supersoft tyres is a second quicker than Button on the last lap.

While pure pace is important, the race pace is the key come Sunday. Button is losing around half a second to Alonso in the middle sector on high fuel

Ricciardo is 0.5s quicker than Tonio Liuzzi in the HRT battle, while Timo Glock is 0.9s slower than his team-mate at the moment.

Some high-fuel middle sector times for you: Alonso 31.8s, Button 32.6s, Webber 32.4s

Hamilton and Massa are on track too, but Vettel is still in the garage. All of these runs taking place on supersoft tyres.

Glock does a 1:26.853 on supersoft tyres - his first proper run on low fuel - and 0.4s quicker than his team-mate

Alonso goes wide exiting turn 11 but continues

More middle sector comparisons: Hamilton 31.8s, Alonso 31.7s, Button 31.8s, Webber 32.5s, Massa 32.3s. They're all similar in the first sector, with the Ferrari's about 0.3s slower than the rest.

Unfortunately we aren't seeing overall lap times as the drivers aren't improving on their fastest efforts, so can only compare sectors. Traffic of course is playing a part too, but the top three all look closely matched, assuming Red Bull is hiding a bit of pace.

Ferrari has split its strategy with Alonso on supersoft and Massa on soft. As you'd expect, the soft tyre is holding up for longer

Vettel is on a heavy fuel run on supersoft tyres, and he does a 1:27.755, which is close to matching the pace of Hamilton and Alonso but still a bit shy.

Alonso has pitted and switched to the soft tyre, while Massa pits and puts on the supersoft tyre. A lot of work being done by Ferrari

Mercedes is a about 1.5s off the pace on heavy fuel. Obviously these are all rough figures because we don't know exactly how much fuel is in each car.

Vettel is told over the radio that he is showing good pace as he clocks a 1:27.4s.

Hamilton does a few slow laps to allow the tyres to recover before doing a 1:26.9s, so it's still difficult to judge overall pace.

Bill in Australia says:

"Australia has had free-to-air coverage of F1 since 1975 with the addition of qualifying in recent times. However we get the UK feed with regard to commentators so it will be interesting to see if we get Brundle / Coulthard regardless of whether the UK coverage is on BBC or Sky or whether there will be a separate set of 'callers' for Sky."

Hamilton's next lap is a 1:27.2s, so competitive, but not the standout man. It does appear to be a three-horse race at the moment as Button does a 1:26.5s.

Neville says:

"The good news is that the Red Bulls don't seem as dominant as in 2010 when they were half a second quicker on Friday already. Question marks remain about Vettels wheel to wheel race craft. Hamilton and Schumacher stand out for this."

Hannes asks: "Why are the Mercedes so slow compare to Red bull and Ferrari in races although there top speed is the highest?"

It's a lack of downforce Hannes, which means it is slower in the corners and can't look after its tyres as well as the top three teams. Here in Hungary especially, there is only one relatively short straight, so top speed isn't important so it is even further off the pace.

The chequered flag falls as Button completes a lap in 1:26.4s Hamilton follows him over in 1:26.7s as he really struggles around the final corner. Massa also did a 1:26.4s.

So Hamilton ends the session quickest with a 1:21.018, 0.241s quicker than Alonso with Button third ahead of Webber and Vettel. McLaren and Ferrari look very competitive on low fuel.

Red Bull will be happier with its high fuel pace, something it said it was working on. The top three teams all looked to be in the same ballpark though, which we definitely couldn't say this time last year...

So, if today's running is anything to go by we're in for another extremely close race between Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren. Will that continue to be the case tomorrow? And will the Red Bull run of pole positions come to an end? Join us tomorrow for FP3 and qualifying to find out, and keep an eye on the site for all of the reaction from the drivers and teams to todays running. Thanks for following.