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Top botta in Hungary

By Rhys Vandersyde

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas took the lead after two practice sessions at Hungaroring ahead of the F1 Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Finns finished the day with the fastest time of 1’17.012 seconds at the end of FP2 and barely kicked out teammate Lewis Hamilton at a powerful show at Mercedes.

Max Verstappen outperformed his previous FP1 session, but his Red Bull struggled with both understeer and oversteer as the track surface temperature continued to rise under Hungarian heat wave conditions.

The Dutch continued to set the third fastest time, 0.298 seconds behind the pace of the Mercedes duo, but more comfortable than the rest of the field.

Esteban Ocon showed Alpine a powerful show in the fourth fastest time ahead of Sergio Perez in the second Red Bull.

Pierre Guthrie continues to comfortably watch Alpha Tauri, who has set the sixth fastest time. The same could not be said about teammate Yuki Tsunoda who crashed in FP1.

Yuki Tsunoda crashes in FP1-Image: Motorsport image

Yuki Tsunoda crashes in FP1 – Image: Motorsport image

The Japanese driver seemed to have a hard time grabbing the Hungarian circuit in FP1 before returning AlphaTauri to the tire wall on Turn 4. Caused a red flag interruption in the remaining 19 minutes of the session.

Tsunoda sat down much of the FP2 while the crew was working to repair his car from a previous incident. He returned to the circuit with only two minutes left in the session, setting the 17th fastest time.

Fernando Alonso bounced off his spin on Turn 4 of FP1 and set the seventh fastest time on the second Alpine.

Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel finished the eighth day, just before Lando Norris (McLaren) and Lance Stroll (Aston Martin).

Just outside the top ten, two Ferraris, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, were looking to see the upgrades deployed at Silverstone.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo stayed in 13th place for McLaren, well off the leader’s pace, but only 0.4 seconds behind his teammates.

Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) led a regular car procession to form the rear of the field, just in front of George Russell (Williams).

Nicholas Latifi (Williams), Kakuda, Mick Schumacher (Haas), Antonio Jobinati (Alfa Romeo) and Nikita Mazepin (Haas) closed the field at the end of the first day.

FP3 coverage is scheduled to begin at 8 pm AEST tonight at Fox Sports 506 prior to qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

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