Double top for Red Bull again in second practice

2013 Hungarian Grand Prix second practice

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Hungaroring, 2013Red Bull remained the team to beat in the second practice session at the Hungaroring as their drivers headed the times again.

Sebastian Vettel pipped Mark Webber to the top time by less than five-hundredths of a second. Worryingly for their opponents, the two RB9s set their times early in the session while the track was still improving.

The closest of their rivals was Romain Grosjean, who lapped within 0.153s of Vettel’s time on his second run on soft tyres. Grosjean ran wide during his first effort having gone fastest in the middle sector.

Kimi Raikkonen might have been closer but all three of his runs on the soft tyre were spoiled by traffic. He caught Jenson Button in the final sector on one run, almost touching the McLaren as they went through the final corner.

The Ferrari pair took fourth and fifth ahead of the two Mercedes drivers. Raikkonen was eighth ahead of Button, with Adrian Sutil tenth.

Valtteri Bottas was called into the pits shortly before the end of practice with a KERS problem. Max Chilton was back in his Marussia after Rodolfo Gonzalez took his place in first practice, and had to pit due to a problem with his helmet which caused buffeting.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’21.264 34
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’21.308 0.044 42
3 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’21.417 0.153 40
4 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’21.426 0.162 34
5 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’21.544 0.280 37
6 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’21.802 0.538 42
7 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’21.991 0.727 40
8 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’22.011 0.747 32
9 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’22.180 0.916 41
10 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’22.304 1.040 41
11 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’22.526 1.262 39
12 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1’22.529 1.265 37
13 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’22.781 1.517 36
14 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’22.837 1.573 42
15 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’22.841 1.577 39
16 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’23.369 2.105 34
17 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’23.411 2.147 41
18 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’23.646 2.382 34
19 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’24.325 3.061 38
20 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’25.065 3.801 36
21 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’25.143 3.879 39
22 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’26.647 5.383 33

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52 comments on Double top for Red Bull again in second practice

  1. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 26th July 2013, 14:36

    Wow.
    Red Bull just gave a big middle finger to the rest of the teams on that one.

    Their long run pace was scary good.

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 26th July 2013, 16:49

      Pole’s still looking to be like it could be fairly open between Red Bull, Mercedes and possibly even Lotus but yes that long run pace looked ominous – consistently a second faster than everybody.

  2. Eggry (@eggry) said on 26th July 2013, 14:41

    Nooooooo

    • Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 26th July 2013, 14:42

      Sorry mate, vettel win be WC this year.

      • Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 26th July 2013, 14:46

        It looks like it is in the bag and I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets it but 34 points is not enough to convince me enough.

        • Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 26th July 2013, 14:48

          We all thought Fernando had it in the bag this time last year.

          • rajaaryan said on 26th July 2013, 14:56

            are u kidding me ,many thought alonso would win 2012 but the sheer pace of redbull car and not winning in asia put alonso in the back seat .the only way is that all the teams pay adrean newey to stay away from f1 .that would make many things interesting .ferrari sucks with domenicelli .their strategy in germany was plane lame .not only did they lost the qualifying but it dnt help them with the pit stop strategy .i guess alonso should move out of ferrari as soon as possible

          • Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 26th July 2013, 15:01

            @rajaaryan

            Fernando Alonso went into the Hungarian GP last year with over a 40 point lead in the WDC.

            The Ferrari had better race pace than the Redbull and Alonso was driving masterfully.

            This year, Vettel has a 34 point lead. Which is a convincing lead but its far from certain championship glory.

          • Akshay (@hamilfan) said on 26th July 2013, 18:05

            Let me explain : Red bull is the cheetah . Ferrari is the dog . Last year the dog got a huge head start on the cheetah but the cheetah still won . This year the cheetah has a marginal lead over the dog ………

          • geekracer2000 (@geekracer2000) said on 26th July 2013, 19:31

            Why would cheetah run away from the dog? :-)

          • zimkazimka (@zimkazimka) said on 26th July 2013, 20:07

            it’s not running away from the dog, but rather towards the prey. which is obviously the cup.

        • Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 26th July 2013, 14:48

          I think something pretty special will have to happen, like when Schumacher broke his leg.

  3. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 26th July 2013, 14:41

    Lol I find this funny

    “We are going to be strong – lotus” lotus don’t take pole

    “We have improved massively – mercedes” Mercedes don’t take pole

    • Traverse (@) said on 26th July 2013, 14:49

      Red Bull Keep schtum – Look like their going to blitz the field!
      That being said It’s early doors, I still expect Ham to pull pole out the bag.

    • JCost (@jcost) said on 26th July 2013, 15:06

      I think Mercedes was not trying to assess their pole pace. I think they were doing what other people did at YDT because they know they will be up there tomorrow afternoon, they problem is another one, not pole.

    • Hmm…. maybe your comment is a bit funny too. I seem to remember that poles are determined on Saturdays. But who knows….. who knows…..

  4. rajaaryan said on 26th July 2013, 14:43

    why am i not surprised .someone should fire stefano dominecelli so that ferrari could come back to its winning ways .this season is so boring,it only about vettel ,vettel and more vettel anyways vettel would win this thing with ease . win in hungary and this years championship is in the bag for redbull. massa of new use ,i guess kimi should move to redbull so we canget things interesting for next year

  5. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 26th July 2013, 14:43

    Like I said one f1 fanatic live, it is now red bulls weekend to lose. I think Red Bull is enjoying these new tyres far better then other teams, going as far as dominating in extreme hot conditions. Something that Lotus has loved and favored Ferrari on occasions.

    Perhaps Mercedes falling back in the que is favoring qualifying position for the two mentioned above. If it does it should help Alonso a bit. He needs a super start to jump the Bulls.

    Johnny Herbert put it like this and I agree: Red Bull, Ferrari and Lotus have the best ballence around here.

  6. sushant008 (@sushant008) said on 26th July 2013, 14:47

    I am sure 90% of the people are voting VET for pole n win in the prediction championship..:/

  7. karter22 (@karter22) said on 26th July 2013, 14:50

    I said it in the fp1 thread…. it´s game over. RBR and SV have got this in the bag. I hope Byrne comes up with something good for 2014, maybe Ferrari can return to it´s winning ways. There is just so much ALO can do with a car, he´s great but not a miracle worker (not always).

  8. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 26th July 2013, 14:51

    Hey guys, if found this thing called history, using it I can look back through time. This might shock you so I’ve warned you, before 2010 DIFFERENT PEOPLE WON THE WDC!!!!!!!!, I know :-)

  9. Saints (@saints) said on 26th July 2013, 14:57

    I’m still expecting Lewis to take pole. This is just practice guys.

  10. jpowell (@jpowell) said on 26th July 2013, 14:59

    Great to see Red Bull in such strong form,hopefully the likes of Hamilton will not disturb the proceeding by taking an ill deserved pole making Seb have to drive to fast on the first lap to regain his rightfull position. Should be a great race my eyes are closing already.

  11. tmax (@tmax) said on 26th July 2013, 15:06

    Well.. there is a Lot of Pressure on Red Bull & Vettel Now.

    1) They have not conquered Hungaroring Yet
    2) They need to win the US GP this year.

    That is a lot of pressure on a Young Team and a Young Driver LOL !!!!

  12. Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 26th July 2013, 15:13

    Oh dear. I watched some of FP2, but actually fell asleep. And now that I’ve read your full report Keith, I’m not sure I missed much.
    It does look as though the race will be for third place on Sunday. Another Red Bull whitewash at this dismal track, perhaps. I am really hoping for an exciting, dramatic overturning of the established order to cheer me up in the four weeks between Hungary and Belgium.

  13. Mclaren (@ahmej010gmail-com) said on 26th July 2013, 15:19

    People are jumping to conclusions too quick,; firstly on the qualifying runs it was very tight, and on the long runs Merc, Ferrari and Lotus were very similar with RB running slightly lighter as i doubt they’ve magically pulled out a second, I fully expect Mercedes to get pole position, Lewis has had many bad Friday’s but bounced back to take pole. Chill people, its only practice!

  14. Shreyas Mohanty (@) said on 26th July 2013, 16:19

    God Vettel needs to move to Marussia soon, just for the sake of variation. Btw Ferrari looks close on single-lap pace .

  15. Lewis McMurray (@celicadion23) said on 26th July 2013, 17:00

    Looks like Vettel will claim pole tomorrow then win the race, then do the same at every other race this year and take the title. Then win every title until he retires. And then somehow still win the one after that.

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