Max fourth fastest in Hungary Friday practice
Published on 29 July 2022 by Stefan Meens
Max Verstappen finished Friday practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix in fourth place. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was fastest, ahead McLaren’s Lando Norris and Leclerc’s team mate Carlos Sainz. Max’ Oracle Red Bull Racing colleague Sergio Perez was ninth quickest.
“It was a bit tricky today” said Max after Friday practice. “But we had expected that. We tried to find a good balance between the high and low speed turns, but we still have work to do.”
The Dutchman concluded by saying: “Ferrari have the advantage and it will be difficult to catch up with them, but we’ll try to close the gaps as much as we can tomorrow. We’ll also have to see what the weather is going to be like.”
In the opening quarter of FP2, most drivers lap the Hungaroring on the medium or hard Pirelli tyre with the lap times slowly coming down. Fifteen minutes in, the lap times are dropping rapidly as the teams have moved on to qualifying simulations on the soft tyres.
George Russell in the Mercedes is the first driver to clock a fast lap on the softs but is unable to match the pace set by both Ferraris on harder tyres. Lando Norris is the first to challenge the Ferraris as the McLaren driver claims P1 on his first flying lap on the softs. Soon after, Leclerc restores order with his Ferrari, sporting the red side-walled softs, propelling him to the top of the leader boards.
With half an hour to go, Max also heads out on a set of the soft compound. Despite the extra grip, the Red Bull ace is not able to bridge the gap to Lelcerc’s Ferrari and Max has to settle for fourth, three tenths a drift.
In the final fifteen minutes, Max ventures out for another run, but does so on a set of used medium Pirellis, meaning he is unable to improve on his lap time. Thus, the reigning champ ends Friday in P4.
|2||Lando Norris||NOR||McLaren Mercedes||1:18.662||+0.217s||28|
|4||Max Verstappen||VER||Red Bull Racing RBPT||1:18.728||+0.283s||25|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||RIC||McLaren Mercedes||1:18.872||+0.427s||26|
|6||Fernando Alonso||ALO||Alpine Renault||1:19.049||+0.604s||29|
|7||Sebastian Vettel||VET||Aston Martin Mercedes||1:19.253||+0.808s||31|
|9||Sergio Perez||PER||Red Bull Racing RBPT||1:19.397||+0.952s||28|
|10||Valtteri Bottas||BOT||Alfa Romeo Ferrari||1:19.411||+0.966s||30|
|12||Zhou Guanyu||ZHO||Alfa Romeo Ferrari||1:19.605||+1.160s||26|
|13||Esteban Ocon||OCO||Alpine Renault||1:19.614||+1.169s||26|
|14||Lance Stroll||STR||Aston Martin Mercedes||1:19.702||+1.257s||29|
|15||Pierre Gasly||GAS||AlphaTauri RBPT||1:19.730||+1.285s||27|
|16||Kevin Magnussen||MAG||Haas Ferrari||1:19.818||+1.373s||28|
|17||Mick Schumacher||MSC||Haas Ferrari||1:19.985||+1.540s||27|
|18||Nicholas Latifi||LAT||Williams Mercedes||1:20.488||+2.043s||29|
|19||Yuki Tsunoda||TSU||AlphaTauri RBPT||1:20.521||+2.076s||30|
|20||Alexander Albon||ALB||Williams Mercedes||1:20.615||+2.170s||20|