• Hungarian Grand Prix - FP2

Hamilton fastest in mixed conditions

ESPN Staff
July 27, 2012

Lewis Hamilton made it two out of two at the Hungaroring by clocking the fastest time in both morning and afternoon practice sessions ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Hamilton's best effort of a 1:21.995 was 0.185s clear of Kimi Raikkonen at the top of the timesheets and came just moments before heavy rain hit the circuit. He was one of several drivers who made an early switch to soft tyres in anticipation of the wet weather, and moments after crossing the line conditions at the top of the circuit proved too wet for slick tyres as Heikki Kovalainen ran wide. With roughly 30 minutes of the session remaining, Hamilton decided to park his McLaren, Tweeting from the garage: "Out of the car, track is dry in some places but wet in others. No need to waste tyres."

Despite the limited dry running the top nine cars were split by less than a second, with Bruno Senna showing impressive pace in third and Felipe Massa in fourth ahead of Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso. Jenson Button was sixth fastest in the second McLaren ahead of Paul di Resta's Force India, while Sebastian Vettel had another lacklustre session. However, it's likely Red Bull has yet to show its hand this weekend, with Vettel saying: "We didn't get a crack on the soft tyres so it's difficult to compare competitiveness".

Romain Grosjean and Michael Schumacher rounded out the top ten but both had accidents over the course of the 90 minutes. Grosjean lost his car exiting the turn six and seven chicane in the dry and removed his front wing against the barrier before carrying on back to the pits for repairs. Schumacher was not so lucky, getting caught out on intermediates when the track was more suited to full wets and understeering into the barriers at turn 12. It was his second FP2 accident in as many weeks and resigned him to watching the rest of the session from the sidelines.

Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg finished eleventh ahead of Pastor Maldonado, Nico Hulkenberg and Red Bull's Mark Webber. After a rather underwhelming weekend in Germany, Webber looked unhappy with the car at the end of the session and was 1.819s off the pace of Hamilton's McLaren.