F1 2012 Hungary Grand Prix: Hamilton quickest in practice

McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton [Picture: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes]

McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton [Picture: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes]


FORMULA 1 driver Lewis Hamilton was quickest in second practice for the 2012 Hungarian Grand Prix as McLaren dominated at the Hungaroring near Budapest.

Lewis Hamilton’s Hungary record

* 2011: Q2, R4

* 2010: Q5, R8

* 2009: Q4, R1

* 2008: Q1 R5

* 2007: Q1 R1

After topping the timesheets this morning (Friday), the 27-year-old Vodafone McLaren Mercedes racer from Hertfordshire went fastest in a rain-hit second session after lunch.

Hamilton clocked a time of 1m 21.995s in FP2, with Kimi Raikkonen second best for Lotus as wet weather midway through meant running was limited this afternoon.

Bruno Senna was third fastest in Hungary and Felipe Massa fourth for Ferrari ahead of teammate and F1 world championship leader Fernando Alonso.

Having gone second fastest in P1, Jenson Button, Hamilton’s McLaren teammate, was sixth in the second practice session with a time of 1m 22.747s.

Just before the rain started falling, Hamilton fired in a quick lap of 1m 21.995s to go fastest overall.

With wet and dry patches out on track, Hamilton later went out for an exploratory run on Inter tyres.

The McLaren pitwall told him: “A reminder: sector two is very wet. Michael off at Turn 12. Be careful Suggest box this lap.

“It’ll be yellow flags for a while so box this lap.”

Hamilton replied: “There’s actually a lot of standing water ahead of Turn 12.”

Qualifying for the 2012 Hungarian Grand Prix starts at 1pm on Saturday.

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