- Hungarian Grand Prix - FP2
Vettel completes Red Bull's Friday clean sweepChris Medland at the Hungaroring July 26, 2013
Having already set the pace in the first session, Vettel was again top of the times having been the first of the front-runners to set a time on soft, with Webber's attempt leaving him just 0.044s shy. Romain Grosjean showed that Lotus will remain in the mix after setting the third fastest time, while team-mate Kimi Raikkonen struggled to get a clear lap in after starting his low fuel run late in the session and almost collided with Jenson Button at the final corner as he approached the much heavier McLaren.
Raikkonen recovered to set the eighth fastest time, but later experienced large blisters on his front tyres when running on high fuel.
Fernando Alonso showed encouraging pace for Ferrari as he was just 0.162s off Vettel's time after he set the fastest middle sector but lost time in the final corner. Felipe Massa backed up his team-mate with the fifth quickest time as he was 0.1s further back.
Having not shown its hand during FP1, Mercedes' soft tyre runs saw both Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton over half a second off the pace as they struggled to match Red Bull in the final sector of the lap. However, Hamilton was more competitive on the long runs on medium tyres despite the high temperatures as the track rose to 45C.
The battle to join Red Bull, Lotus, Ferrari and Mercedes in Q3 tomorrow looks set to be a close one between Force India and McLaren, with 0.3s covering all four cars from ninth to 12th place.
There was an odd incident for Max Chilton when the visor on the front of the cockpit snapped off, leaving him to return to the pits holding the visor out of the car.
Chris Medland is assistant editor at ESPNF1