Flexi-wing four fastest at Hungaroring (Second practice interactive data)

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Hungaroring, 2010

At the end of the second practice session in Hungary it was the four cars running the much-discussed flexi-wings that headed the times.

Red Bull look like the team to beat and it remains to be seen whether Ferrari can get close enough to the RB6s to to threaten the near-monopoly on pole position they have enjoyed this year.

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The rain heading for Hungary that was observed yesterday fell short of reaching the track, giving the teams three hours of dry running in which to acclimatise during today’s two sessions.

In second practice they continued running the medium tyre to begin with, before switching to the super-soft compound in the middle third of the session.

Sebastian Vettel managed the transition best. The gap between him and his team mate swelled from a tenth either way to half a second in Vettel’s favour once they put the super-softs on. And he would have been quicker too but for traffic at the end of his best lap – have a look at the ultimate lap times list below.

According to Bridgestone, the amount of degradation on the super-soft tyre will largely come down to how hot it gets. Track temperatures reached 38C in the second session and 40C in the first, but no-one ran the super-soft tyre then.

At the end of second practice Mark Webber ran a 14-lap stint on super-softs with no obvious degradation worries. The same was true for Nico H???lkenberg’s 19-lap run. Still, it’s worth keeping an eye on this should the track temperature climb into the forties tomorrow and on Sunday.

But the vagaries of the super-soft tyre left some drivers puzzled, including Adrian Sutil:

In general we didn’t get the best out of the car today. We are struggling a little on the softer tyre and neither Tonio nor myself could improve from the hard tyre. There doesn’t seem to be a peak with it, unlike the hard tyre that you know will peak and come in, but it’s much more difficult to understand where we are with the soft one.
Adrian Sutil

As expected, Ferrari were closer to Red Bull in the second practice session, though only they know how much fuel they had on board. In the tell-tale middle sector, Fernando Alonso was just over three-tenths slower than Vettel, much closer than he was this morning.

Red Bull aren’t running their F-duct this weekend and Ferrari ran some laps without their blown rear wing to see if the change was worth making (here’s Massa running without his blown rear wing).

Mercedes, meanwhile, are still struggling with their car. They experimented running without the Hockenheim-spec rear wing and floor, using the Silverstone versions instead, as they seem to have taken a wrong turn on car development.

McLaren are also in trouble and are bracing themselves for a bit of a kicking this weekend. Lewis Hamilton said the gaps between them and the Red Bulls on the sector charts was a realistic indication of their positions. They were nine tenths of a second slower in the middle sector and half a second down in the final sector.

The MP4-25 has tended to struggle on bumpy circuits this year – such as the new sections at Bahrain and Silverstone. As a result, instead of taking the fight to Red Bull and Ferrari they look more likely to be threatened by Renault. The R30s have a new front wing, rear wing and a floor upgrade this weekend.

Practice has thrown up few surprises so far with Red Bull and Ferrari looking set to do some significant damage to McLaren’s position in the championship. We’ll find out in final practice tomorrow morning whether any of the teams are able to make set-up changes that improve their position relative to their rivals.

Drivers’ best laps

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Lap At time Laps
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’20.087 20 64 33
2 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’20.584 0.497 23 66 34
3 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’20.597 0.510 19 62 36
4 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’20.986 0.899 21 65 33
5 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’21.195 1.108 14 49 33
6 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’21.308 1.221 15 56 30
7 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’21.375 1.288 24 66 37
8 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’21.623 1.536 21 56 41
9 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’21.730 1.643 20 63 33
10 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’21.773 1.686 13 58 31
11 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’21.809 1.722 21 57 38
12 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’21.844 1.757 21 64 36
13 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’22.039 1.952 12 60 28
14 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’22.212 2.125 21 55 37
15 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’22.469 2.382 9 29 43
16 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’22.507 2.420 7 20 22
17 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’22.602 2.515 21 51 38
18 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’23.138 3.051 24 66 36
19 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’24.553 4.466 22 66 37
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’25.376 5.289 29 85 35
21 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’25.669 5.582 20 65 32
22 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’26.745 6.658 21 65 33
23 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1’26.798 6.711 23 68 32
24 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’27.705 7.618 4 10 5

Drivers’ ultimate laps

Pos. Car Driver Car Ultimate lap Gap Deficit to best
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’19.878 0.209
2 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’20.454 0.576 0.130
3 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’20.477 0.599 0.120
4 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’20.984 1.106 0.002
5 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’21.195 1.317 0.000
6 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’21.255 1.377 0.120
7 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’21.277 1.399 0.031
8 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’21.556 1.678 0.174
9 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’21.602 1.724 0.021
10 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’21.645 1.767 0.394
11 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’21.712 1.834 0.061
12 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’21.754 1.876 0.090
13 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’21.809 1.931 0.000
14 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’22.078 2.200 0.134
15 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’22.418 2.540 0.051
16 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’22.423 2.545 0.084
17 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’22.587 2.709 0.015
18 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’22.914 3.036 0.224
19 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’24.375 4.497 0.178
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’25.355 5.477 0.021
21 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’25.633 5.755 0.036
22 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’26.566 6.688 0.179
23 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1’26.798 6.920 0.000
24 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’27.644 7.766 0.061

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51 comments on Flexi-wing four fastest at Hungaroring (Second practice interactive data)

  1. Rupert Richardson said on 1st August 2010, 10:13

    This business of “flexible” front wings: I’m sure this is way too simplistic, but is it JUST possible that Red Bull & Ferrari have nice stiff wings mated to a nice flexible chassis? You, know, multi-rate springs, so that as soon as the car is doing more than 30mph, it sinks to the bottom of VERY soft springs, than has very firm ones to control chassis attitude to the airflow? There are plenty of ways of (legally) skinning a cat…

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