Leclerc leads FP2 for Ferrari ahead of Norris in Hungary

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Charles Leclerc topped this afternoon’s FP2 session at the Hungaroring ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris.

The pair were separated by just 0.015 as Pierre Gasly finished third for Alpine after the rain-affected first practice session.

At the green light, a flurry of cars joined the circuit at the Hungaroring, a critical event after the heavily disrupted FP1 session earlier in the day.

Most of the cars utilised medium tyres apart from the two Williams of Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant on softs and Kevin Magnussen on hard tyres.

Five minutes into the one hour session, Norris topped the timesheets with a 1:19.044 for McLaren, just ahead of Sargeant and team mate Oscar Piastri.

The American usurped the McLaren driver a few minutes later to go quickest as Fernando Alonso slotted into fifth place for Aston Martin.

The majority of the field set lap times in the opening stages, apart from Lewis Hamilton, the two Ferraris and the Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez. They didn’t set a time in the first 10 minutes.

The seven-time world champion ventured onto the circuit with 48 minutes to go, achieved a 1:19.756 nine tenths of a second slower than Sargeant at the front of the field.

Leclerc broke into the top 10 on the medium tyre, improving to P7, fractionally ahead of Piastri.

Perez went sixth quickest with a 1:19.105, 20 minutes into the session, desperately trying to make up for lost track time after his crash in FP1.

Red Bull continued to move closer. Championship leader Verstappen set a 1:18.911 to become Sargeant’s closest challenger atop the timesheets.

Albon bested his team mate’s effort to go quickest by a sizeable margin before Lance Stroll and Nico Hulkenberg lowered the bar.

Yuki Tsunoda became the first man to break the 1:18 barrier, setting a 1:17.934 to go quickest, prior to Norris returning to P1.

Esteban Ocon and Tsunoda nearly made contact in the pit lane but they avoided a collision. Prior to the Frenchman slotting into third place halfway through the session.

Leclerc set the fastest time for Ferrari as the track got very busy with 25 minutes to go, with most of the field on soft tyres.

Zhou Guanyu ran wide at Turn 4, costing the Chinese driver time, but he managed to stay out of the barriers and continue.

The clouds started to roll in with 10 minutes to go, as the track continued to rubber in with the majority of the field setting times, rain stayed away from the circuit.

Piastri got back into the McLaren MCL60 after spending some of the session in the garage with floor issues with a few minutes to go.

Turn 13 proved to be a tricky corner as some cars struggled with traction on the exit as they applied to put the power down towards the end of the lap.

Mercedes endured a quiet session with both drivers Hamilton and George Russell outside the top 15, with the latter propping up the timesheets. The team focused on long runs during second practice before focusing on qualifying speed in FP3 tomorrow morning.