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Posted By: Justin Hynes  |  25 Jul 2014   |  3:32 pm GMT  |  58 comments

Lewis Hamilton dominated free practice at the Hungaroring, outpacing team-mate Nico Rosberg in both sessions, finishing ahead of the German by just under two tenths in the morning and by 0.238s in the afternoon session.

After his efforts of the morning, Hamilton, who has won the Hungarian Grand Prix four times in seven attempts, ran quicker than team-mate Nico Rosberg on both the medium and soft compounds in the afternoon.

It wasn’t all plain sailing for Hamilton, however, as during the afternoon session he complained about his brakes, telling his team he was having trouble stopping the car. Team-mate Rosberg was also less than comfortable during the afternoon, the German frequently asking for advice on where he could improve his times.

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In the morning, Sebastian Vettel finished in fifth place but found an improvement in the afternoon, rising to third, taking his RB10 to within seven tenths of a second of Hamilton’s benchmark.

Fernando Alonso repeated his morning placing with the fourth-fastest time. His afternoon best lap of 1:25.437 was six hundredths of a second clear of McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen.

After finishing in third place in the morning session Kimi Raikkonen finished sixth in the afternoon, just under three tenths of a second adrift of team-mate Alonso. Daniel Ricciardo was seventh in the second Red Bull.

Following his second-place finish at last weekend’s German Grand Prix, Williams’ Valtteri Bottas said the tight and twisting Hungaroring circuit might be “a bit difficult for us” and in the morning session the Finn’s team-mate Felipe Massa finished in 10th place, with Bottas only 15th behind Pastor Maldonado in the best of the Lotus cars.

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Bottas improved in the afternoon, rising to eighth place to finish ahead of Jenson Button in the second McLaren.

It was a less comfortable session for Massa. The Brazilian again finished 10th in the afternoon but suffered a spin during his option tyre run and then was hampered by a technical issue that restricted him to the garage for some time during the period of the session in which he was expected to be conducting long runs.

2014 Hungarian Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Result
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:24.482 38
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:24.720 0.238 38
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1:25.111 0.629 33
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:25.437 0.955 26
5 Kevin Magnussen McLaren 1:25.580 1.098 34
6 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:25.730 1.248 30
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:25.983 1.501 29
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:25.999 1.517 37
9 Jenson Button McLaren 1:26.234 1.752 33
10 Felipe Massa Williams 1:26.402 1.920 18
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:26.689 2.207 42
12 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:26.703 2.221 37
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:26.789 2.307 39
14 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:26.919 2.437 41
15 Sergio Perez Force India 1:27.013 2.531 39
16 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:27.019 2.537 40
17 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:27.021 2.539 14
18 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1:27.480 2.998 32
19 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham 1:28.370 3.888 35
20 Jules Bianchi Marussia 1:28.469 3.987 26
21 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:28.586 4.104 35
22 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:29.036 4.554 34

 

 

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  1. Pkara says:

    Come On Lewis Kick Ass :-)
    Positive practice day.
    Best of British to you Hams :-)

  2. goferet says:

    Good day for the Mercedes team, the car sure does enjoy the twisty tracks like the 3rd sector of Barcelona.

    As always Lewis looks strong in Hungary and now it’s up to Rosberg’s side of the garage to burn the midnight oil studying the data.

    Red Bull were expected to be closer on the track but 6 tenths off isn’t close by any standards so Red Bull will be fighting for 3rd place >>> all things being equal.

    Not sure what to make of Ferrari’s performance for they tend fair better on Fridays but it has to be said Kimi looks a little bit better and with Williams struggling perhaps the team can score some good constructor’s points.

    As for Mclaren’s Mini-mag, I think he’s enjoying the upgrades more as of late he has been faster than Jenson and so may provide another good result come qualifying.

    As for Lotus, seeing as the number 13 car has been confirmed for 2015, one wonders if the team will ever be able to pull themselves out of the midfield.

    Overall, at the moment Lewis looks to be in pole position for the win as both Rosberg senior and Rosberg junior have never won back to back races.

  3. AlexD says:

    The title counts for nithing unless it is the case on Sunday, during the race:-)

  4. Andrew M says:

    This and Canada were the two tracks I’d say were Hamilton’s bankers before the season, and Canada has already gone begging. Surely if Hamilton doesn’t cut the lead here he’s in serious trouble?

  5. Steve S says:

    It’s Friday practice, meaning it’s dangerous to jump to conclusions based on the results. Still, McLaren seem to have jumped ahead of Williams, on this track at least.

    It’s been two whole races since Vettel had an engine problem, which probably means he’s due for another DNF this weekend. After which everyone can engage in another rousing round of “He’s being soundly beaten by his Aussie teammate!” again.

    Potential brake problems look like the only thing between Mercedes and another one-two finish.

  6. goferet says:

    Meanwhile, should Lewis prevail come Sunday, this would add his name alongside Prost (Silverstone) and Senna (Monaco) as the only drivers to have more wins than Schumi at any track he raced on for 8 years.

    So yeah, big weekend for Lewis.

    1. KRB says:

      He didn’t get the win, but with his one lead lap he leapfrogged Schumacher as the driver with the most km’s in the lead at Hungary (1,218 vs 1,215). That, in his 8th Hungarian GP, while Schumi had 17.

  7. Rohind says:

    Hamilton’s race to lose. Vettel and Magnussen also look very strong. Eight tenth and seven tenth over their team mates respectively. Raikkonen more comfortable than earlier weekend

    Guaranteed Merc victory aside, poised for an exciting race weekend at least in the mid pack

  8. Racing Fan says:

    Hi James, I always look forward to your articles after free practice to get insights on race pace, tyre degradation and pecking order, but lately it has only been the results that you can find in other websites. Granted it’s Mercedes at the front, but the battle b/w Williams, RB and Ferrari is fascinating and look forward to more insights from your website.

    And by the way, do you have an idea to do article on Kimi’s struggle at Ferrari? It is clear that he does not have the car to his liking and has had some bad luck, but to still see him that far from Alonso during some of the qualifying is not a good sign. How closer do you think it will be after the summary break b/w Kimi and Alonso? I would like to hear some insights from you on this.

    Great website… Thanks!

    1. JakobusVdL says:

      I’m with Racing fan on this. Thanks James, it is a great website with fantastic information and insights, also some well informed comments from posters.
      If it is possible to add some insight on the factors mentioned, and also how the removal of FRIC is affecting the teams at this track.

  9. Gaz Boy says:

    Well done Lewis – but it’s the qualifying session tomorrow that ultimately matters, and in the last few races, for various reasons, Lewis hasn’t maximised the ultimate fast lap.
    Bulls seem to have good pace, could be worth watching in quali tomorrow.

    1. Gaz Boy says:

      PS Is it fair to say that a driver is better off qualifying 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th et al and been on the clean side of the grid?

  10. Steve S says:

    Is there any source for fuel usage data? I see this information pop up from time to time while watching the race but I don’t know where to find it for different drivers over the course of the season.

    1. Nickh says:

      Probably because barely anyone cares about fuel usage.

    2. kieran says:

      You know what annoys me sometimes? Why can’t we be given the drivers fuel usage in Kg/min? As a percentage, that mean nothing considering we don’t know the fuel in each given car to begin with.

      1. C63 says:

        As I understand it, the fuel usage data [provided for each driver] is a measure of the amount used relative to the maximum 100kg allowed, expressed as a percentage.
        It’s not a measure of the amount of fuel used relative to the amount a car started with – I doubt the teams would willingly share the weight of fuel at the start with others.

      2. KRB says:

        What’s stupid is that the FOM’s graphic is litres used/lap. But the figure that’s important is the 100kg allowable, and the 100kg/hr rate. So show it in terms of kg’s used.

  11. Phil Glass says:

    Just wondering if both cars should be allowed to run before Brembo produce the cause of last week’s failure? Is that 100% OK for safety?

    1. C63 says:

      It’s not just a Mercedes problem. I read there have been similar (though less spectacular and not such high profile) failures for the Brembo disks with other teams this year – apparently as many as 9. In any event, I believe that Mercedes are no longer running with Brembos, and are only using the CI disks until they understand why the brakes failed on Hamilton during qualifying for the German GP – mind you, I could be wrong :-)

  12. Paige says:

    I suspect Rosberg will find a little time as he did in Canada, which is another Lewis circuit. But then again, if it wasn’t for one mistake on the Q3 lap there, he would have beaten Nico then, as he definitely had a pace advantage in the race.

    This is Lewis’ circuit between the two of them. It’s much faster than it seems: quick transitions between mid-speed corners, a couple of fast flick corners, etc., a kind of go-kart like corners. And it’s all about pointing the nose, getting the car to rotate quickly, and hitting a spot where the car is flat on corner exit for direction change and acceleration. This is Lewis Hamilton.

    Looking at the rest of the calender and scoriing tracks based on how the characteristics seem to suit them, this is going to be very close to the end. The next three races favor Lewis, I feel. Singapore is a Nico circuit. Suzuka, back to Lewis. Russia looks like a Nico circuit. Austin is a Lewis circuit. So on this trajectory, they would be tied going into Brazil, assuming all 1-2s for Mercedes. Neither of these guys can afford to have anymore bad luck.

    1. RacingFanatic says:

      “Neither of these guys can afford to have anymore bad luck.”

      Well Nico is still due some bad luck if you ask me, but I agree with you man. :)

    2. matt says:

      lewis had the pace for pole in silverstone,austria and germany.maybe even monaco too.things just havent fallen into place for him.so im not worried about what track suits who,as i believe lewis has better quali and race pace.just needs things to go well,and he’ll come out on top most of the time.reliabilty is all im worried about,not pace.

    3. Daniel says:

      Thing is, Lewis is faster than Nico, when they both have a clean Quali, Lewis wins, when they both race on track, with no problems, Lewis wins.

      But Nico did what needed to be done at Monaco, on purpose or not we’ll never know.

      But the point is, since then Lewis has lost his mojo in qualifying and had to work really hard.

      As Lewis said yesterday:

      “I don’t need luck; I just need no more bad luck, that’s all.”

      1. Thompson says:

        Yep…

        Like the famous monologue from On The Waterfront by Marlon Brando to Rod steiger in back of the limo, about the night he was told to throw a fight, things were never the same after that….lol

    4. JakobusVdL says:

      Wouldn’t it be exciting if it was more than just one car and two drivers involved in the wcc and wdc?
      As it is, there seems to be way too much angst about ‘Hamiltons bad luck’, I’m happy that there are still a battle for the wdc to keep things a bit interesting, but don’t vthink there is a conspiracy in merc to make that happen. I’m also enjoying the fact that behind the top two there is actually some interesting competition between teams and teammates

      1. JakobusVdL says:

        Ooops, me and my big stylus…….no sooner posted that, and Hamiltons car goes uo in smoke.
        Man, if Hamilton didn’t have bad luck he’d have no luck, or still be at mclaren – (now that would have been unlucky).

  13. nusratolla says:

    I noticed that in FP2 Kimi was higher race fuel level race simulation, the reason I can assert this is by keeping a very close eye on the red ‘P’ indicating that the driver is in the pits and noticed that Kimi had higher number of laps spread between his visits to the pits… Maybe just maybe his problems have been on higher fuel loads throughout the season and took this opportunity to iron out his high fuel level handling issues…. But, his day looked promising…. keeping my fingers crossed.

  14. luqa says:

    Any data available of the long run pace of the various protagonists on the two compounds?

  15. cometeF1 says:

    Friday practice is informative yet is it but the first day of practice. Qualifying will be as ever important, even more so it would seem. Hamilton seems to have the pace on Rosberg so far here over a lap. It is still relatively close between the two, Pole will require a mistake free lap. Long runs seem even closer with regards to each other. Good race in perspective.

    I hope the Williams will find big improvements for when it counts. I rather enjoy seeing then on the rise, back to where you expect them to be if you have followed F1 for a while.

    Ferrari looked to be competitive enough to fight Red bull for the third step of the podium. They haven’t shown that for a while. Won’t be betting on that happening just the same.

    Magnussen seems to be getting on well with his overall progress in performance season wise. He is in my view a better prospect than his father was, in F1 anyways. I feel he will beat Button in overall performance by season end.

    Does Vettel have the better of his teammate this time around? If so, is it only circuit related or is the car handling moving toward what Vettel needs for a better feeling of the car?

    Again, first day of practice. We will have to wait and see. Marc

  16. USGP says:

    This dominance maybe short lived as Hamilton’s worst enemy is his own team ‘Mercedes AMG’. They have hampered his bid for the title through multiple mechanical failures and inferior pit stops compared to those of Nico Rosberg.

    1. nusratolla says:

      I stand to differ, there is no evidence to prove that they would deliberately sabotage Hamilton’s car in order to favor Rosberg… Yes, he has had his more than fair share of mechanical failures which, strictly according to me and common sense, is down to bad luck and also down to Hamilton’s Aggressive driving style… and no one can deny the fact that Hamilton is a more Red-Misted-Aggressive Driver of the Two… the price of being aggressive is that sometimes you will encounter mechanical issues due to the brutal usage of the machinery which aggressive driving style requires.

      Which makes Alonso’s consistent finishes even more admirable, for we all know that the Spaniard has a very aggressive driving style and his Ferrari remained ‘almost bulletproof’.

      Quadruple World Champion Sebastian Vettel is consistently being beaten by his first year Redbull teammate Ricciardo, which has been down to his own adaptability to new car, insane pit strategy on part of Redbull and a series of mechanical failures and issues… would you say Vettel’s worst enemy is his own team Redbull ?

      1. Hal says:

        Well according to Coulthard it’s just bad luck…

        “The days of a driver influencing the mechanical reliability of the car are virtually gone. The racing gods decide on reliability, and the drivers just have to deal with that.”

      2. Thompson says:

        I have to differ regards the Hamilton ‘aggressive driving’

        Better tyre management better fuel management does not suggest he is more aggressive than Nico.

        It more suggest he drives closer to the limits though.

      3. USGP says:

        I’ll let today’s qualifying event speak for its self. There is more to this than bad luck or the racing gods.

    2. JakobusVdL says:

      You’re onto it USGP, Mercedes have really got it in for Hamilton, they pay him more than Rosberg, run their team out of the UK, give him a car thats over 0.5sec a lap quicker than the rest of the field, and more reliable, then dont run team orders and screw him over in the pit stops. They must really hate him ;-)

  17. TGS says:

    An important weekend for fantasy racing. Almost all the top teams, in the Australian competition on channel 10, have both Williams cars but with their pace down this could be the race to go against the grain.

  18. Stephen Taylor says:

    Kimi back on good form as is his team in general.

    1. glennb says:

      I hope so but form is on sunday, not friday.

  19. aveli says:

    hi james, i think you should a quiet word in ecclestone ear asking him to get the fia to draw up a rule banning all involve in f1 from making negative and derogatory comments about f1, journalists included. after all you all earn a living from f1 and yet constantly go to lengths to belittle it. what is that all about? going on for so long about the sound, double points etc. if anything you should be going all out to promote it.

    1. Random 79 says:

      Anyone feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, but no journalist is going to invite someone to tell them what they should or should not say.

      F1 is not perfect and (despite what some say) it has probably never been perfect. That’s okay as nothing is perfect, but it’s also okay to talk about it because at the end of the day if nobody acknowledges the problems how can anyone find any solutions?

      1. aveli says:

        well if the journalist earn their living from a sport, what do they benefit from rubbishing the sport? the fia make the rules and if they journalist cannot follow those rules then they cannot take part in the sport. they need special permits to enter the paddock area and if they cannot follow the rules then they will not have access to the paddock area or the press rooms.
        there is nothing wrong with criticising anything about the sport but to consistently bash the sport should be unacceptable. the season started 5 months ago and some people are still going on about the sound. I would understand if f1 wasn’t the most successful motor racing series in the world, but it is so what is their problem?

    2. Alastair Purves says:

      Is this a joke? I’ve read this a few times now and think you’re actually serious about “1984″ style suppression of opinions and news management. Don’t forget Ecclestone has been among the most vocal critics,though doubtless to serve his own agenda.

      1. aveli says:

        ecclestone said he wasn’t impressed with the sound from the first time he heard it and said he wanted something done to improve it over a year before the season starter. he didn’t bash it like the journalist have after all he goes around the world selling f1 while the journalist and others attempt to under all his hard work. all involved in f1 should be proud about being involved in the most successful motor racing series in the world and should shout out loud about it. montezemolo should not be allowed to go around with his taxi driving nonsense after sacking prost for criticising his car.

  20. Ahmed Sydney says:

    James, great analysis, however why is there no data/comments on long run pace and tyre degradation?

  21. nusratolla says:

    Just would like to share my observation about Kimi’s comfort level in the Ferrari from race to race…. If you closely study the onboard footage of Hungary vis-a-vis Austria and Silverstone you will notice that while in Austria he was very throttle shy in order keep the Ferrari on the Tarmac, while in Siliverstone you’ll find him braking twice, once while approach to the corner and once mid corner.

    The striking contrast to Hungary is that you’ll will find him he is braking less, and at the same time he is wonderfully throttle friendly and for the first time this season you will find him at 99% throttle coming out of the corners and flirting with the white line, which means he is gaining confidence in his Ferrari and the Ferrari is behaving more to his liking.

    Having stated the above he still has about 40% shy of his sublime Lotus form.

    There is caution to this refreshing development, which being that Kimi has been complaining since Pre-season Tests that one lap the car is good and the other lap the car is bad and it is this inconsistent behavior on the car’s part invokes tentative apprehension from the driver. So, I sincerely hope forsakes of F1 that the consistency of the Ferrari improves which would enable us to witness some excellent racing from Rockstar of Formula One – Kimi Raikkonen.

  22. JohnBt says:

    Nothing to get excited about on the usual FP1 & FP2. Even after quail I’d rather wait for race day, that’s where you get points and race.

  23. glennb says:

    You had me there for a moment with the title. I thought I must have missed quali and/or the race.

  24. Bart says:

    According to Autosport, race pace-wise Rosberg is faster by 0,041s, however. Hope it’ll be a thriller tomorrow

  25. Thompson says:

    Interesting p4

    Anyone notice the face on Nico when he was told about Hamilton’s claim he had no grip during this session.

    Nico car/grip was fine by his reckoning.

    More mind games from Hamilton to make nico think twice about his data?

    It’ll be a great battle hopefully no problems for ether driver I hope.

    1. Thompson says:

      That should read p2…..

  26. Grant says:

    Lewis seems to be getting more and more comfortable with this Mercedes car.

  27. aveli says:

    enough is enough! hamilton said it and was cut off by the producers. he said this goes beyond bad luck and the producers cut him off fearing he would say it was being done deliberately. there must be something underhand going on. how is it possible that hamilton encounters so many mechanical issues during qualifying two races in a row? not so hard to put on a defective brake disc nor is it hard to fit a fuel pipe loosely. I suspect someone in the mercedes mechanics team has been instructed to indroduce mechanical problems or is operating under his own steam.
    shame! shame! shame!

    1. JakobusVdL says:

      Aveli, why do you think that Mercedes would sabotage Hamilton?
      Their aim is to win the constructors championship, and they need two cars to finish and finish well for that to happen, and they went to a lot of trouble to sign Hamilton including paying him a salary considerably larger than Rosbergs.

      1. aveli says:

        if they don’t know about it, they can find out by investing. after all they who who chose what and who fitted what. if anyone choses or fits a part which fails, they should be removed and given further training. how simple is that, only if they have the political will to so it.

    2. aveli says:

      @jakobusvdl, how do you what what I think if i didn’t tell you? mercedes is not a single person and with all that has gone on, it’s not too difficult for someone acting alone to fit a faulty dics brake nor was it difficult for someone to fit a leaky fuel pipe or a damaged insulation on a tension lead. if they were not done on purpose, it is not difficult to identify the culprit for all incidents and assign them to sanitation duties. only of the bosses want to prevent such incidents. it looks like talking about it hasn’t worked. good job the stewards take fuel samples for analysis post race. there should be a standard operational procedure for each process and those who fail to follow the procedures need not work in the racing team.

      1. JakobusVdL says:

        So you think it is a single person doing the sabotage, but that the Mercedes bosses know about this and don’t want to stop it?

  28. aveli says:

    mcnish wrongly claimed hamilton made mistakes during qualifying. what a load of rubbish! monaco, canada, austria, silverstone, germany and hungary. where did hamilton make a mistake? deciding to abort his last lap thinking that lap couldn’t end in an improved time is not a mistake in my mind, it was unlucky because he had no information about the last sector being bone dry. the stewards deciding to delete hamilton’s lap because he had exceeded track limits wasn’t a mistake either because the same stewards ignored it when other drivers exceeded track limits in germany. rosberg playing his trick in monaco wasn’t hamilton’s mistake either. he hasn’t made a single mistake under normal conditions. it’s normal to tell the truth and just wish commentary was based on the truth especially when there are no pictures to go with the commentary.

  29. aveli says:

    vettel has woken up!

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