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Hungarian Grand Prix 2023

Leclerc fastest in FP2 as Perez struggles to recover

The Ferrari driver beat Norris and Gasly in a peculiar FP2.

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Charles Leclerc finished fastest in second practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix as teams played catch up following the rain-affected first hour.

The Ferrari driver set a best time of 1:17.686 to finish just 0.015secs faster than McLaren's Lando Norris.

Pierre Gasly was third fastest for Alpine, though the times were largely unrepresentative as varying run plans were performed under Pirelli's 'Alternative Tyre Allocation' trial - with two sets fewer available to teams across the weekend.

Thankfully for all involved, practice programmes were completed after rain disrupted FP1, with Medium and Soft tyre runs across the field.

Unlike the first hour of running, there were no red flag delays for incidents, though Oscar Piastri was confined to his garage for 20 minutes having broken his floor.

Sergio Perez was on a recovery mission after his early crash in first practice, but a lock-up on his Soft tyre run left him a tyre set down and a lap time good enough only for 18th.

Yuki Tsunoda set an early lap time on the Softs to finish fourth fastest, ahead of the second Alpine of Esteban Ocon.

Haas' Nico Hulkenberg was sixth fastest ahead of Alfa Romeo's Valtteri Bottas and Aston Martin's Fernando Alonso.

Zhou Guanyu was the second Alfa Romeo in the top 10 ahead of Carlos Sainz's Ferrari, with Max Verstappen only 11th fastest for Red Bull.

Daniel Ricciardo was only seven-tenths off the pace in 14th for AlphaTauri, whilst Lewis Hamilton was the first to be outside a second from Leclerc in 16th.

Perez was 18th, Piastri 19th and George Russell 20th.

F1 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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