Hamilton stays ahead in second practice
25 July 2014 – Lewis Hamilton stayed on top during second practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix, recording a best time of 1:24.482 on the Soft tyres to lead Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by 0.238 seconds.
Having set the pace in FP1, Hamilton continued where he left off when the pit lane re-opened, topping the early phase on the Medium compound.
And when the switch to Options arrived, he remained fastest, gradually improving to the mid 1m24s to end the day just ahead of Rosberg.
Although he experienced a few more wild moments behind the wheel of his Red Bull, Vettel wound up third fastest. The reigning World Champion was, however, six tenths of a second adrift of Hamilton's Silver Arrow.
The Ferraris again featured near the front of the field at a circuit much less reliant on engine performance, with Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen taking fourth and sixth around McLaren's Kevin Magnussen.
Daniel Ricciardo put the second Red Bull seventh, just one hundredth clear of Valtteri Bottas' Williams.
Jenson Button struggled for rear-end grip en route to ninth, while Felipe Massa, who suffered one of the session's more dramatic moments when he spun at the Turn 6/7 chicane, again rounded out the top 10.
Toro Rosso team-mates Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Éric Vergne were next on the timesheets, with Force India duo Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Pérez split by the Sauber of Adrian Sutil in positions 13 to 15.
Lotus drivers Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean – the latter again severely hindered by cooling issues – wound up 16th and 17th respectively, with Sauber's Esteban Gutiérrez the last of the midfield runners.
Kamui Kobayashi gave Caterham the edge over Marussia, outpacing Jules Bianchi by one tenth.
Saturday's final practice session at the Hungaroring gets underway at 11:00 local time (GMT +2)