Valtteri Bottas Tops 2021 Hungarian Friday Practice

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Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas emerged fastest from Lewis Hamilton upon conclusion of Friday Practice for 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix. 

Bottas emerged fastest after FP2 after finishing 0.061 seconds off Max Verstappen in FP1 as the Finnish driver enjoyed his strongest start to a race weekend this season, as questions continue to surround his Mercedes future.

Hamilton meanwhile played second fiddle to Bottas in both sessions but was only 0.027s off his teammate come end of FP2 as Verstappen settled for third just under 24 hours since Red Bull’s appeal concerning the Dutchman’s British GP collision with Hamilton was rejected.

Now here is a full roundup of Friday Practice for 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix.

 

FP1

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Several drivers opted to conduct early running with Verstappen going quickest in the opening ten minutes with 1m 19.725,  before lowering his benchmark to 1m 19.366 as Fernando Alonso recovered from a sideways spin at Turn Five just 15 minutes into the session.

Verstappen shortly afterwards further lowered his benchmark to 1m 19.025 as Yuki Tsunoda had a spin at Turn Five, before several drivers opted for an early soft tyre qualifying simulation with Bottas emerging quickest from Hamilton before Tsunoda brought out the red flags with just under 20 minutes left.

The young AlphaTauri driver had lost the rear-end of his car at Turn Four and slid backwards into the barriers to cause a seven minute red flag, with Verstappen thereafter opting for a soft tyre qualifying simulation which proved enough to top the session with 1m 17.555.

Bottas consequently had to settle for second ahead of Hamilton, Carlos Sainz, Pierre Gasly, Alonso, Charles Leclerc, Sergio Perez, Lando Norris and Lance Stroll.

Position Driver Team Time 
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1m 17.555
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes + 0.061
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes + 0.167
4 Carlos Sainz Ferrari + 0.560
5 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri + 0.626
6 Fernando Alonso Alpine + 0.830
7 Charles Leclerc Ferrari + 0.836
8 Sergio Perez Red Bull + 0.911
9 Lando Norris McLaren + 1.094
10 Lance Stroll Aston Martin + 1.200
11 Esteban Ocon Alpine + 1.210
12 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri + 1.215
13 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin + 1.434
14 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren + 1.710
15 George Russell Williams + 2.169
16 Nicholas Latifi Williams + 2.269
17 Mick Schumacher Haas + 2.828
18 Robert Kubica Alfa Romeo + 3.028
19 Nikita Mazepin Haas + 3.437
20 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo + 4.334

 

FP2

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In a busy start to session, several drivers opted to head out on mediums with Leclerc setting the initial pace with 1m 19.654 but times quickly began to tumble throughout opening runs, as Bottas found himself sat top from Verstappen and Hamilton.

Attention mid-session switched to qualifying simulations with Bottas emerging fastest overall of not just FP2 but Friday overall, posting a 1m 17.012 which was 0.027s quicker than Hamilton as Verstappen finished third quickest after suffering understeer on his soft tyre lap.

Ocon, Perez, Gasly, Alonso, Vettel, Norris and Stroll rounded out the top ten at the checkered flag after everyone enjoyed uninterrupted race simulations, whilst Tsunoda only made it out on track for the final two minutes following major repair work to his AlphaTauri and managed to finish 17th quickest.

Position Driver Team Time 
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m 17.012
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes + 0.027
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull + 0.298
4 Esteban Ocon Alpine + 0.747
5 Sergio Perez Red Bull + 0.812
6 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri + 1.101
7 Fernando Alonso Alpine + 1.157
8 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin + 1.216
9 Lando Norris McLaren + 1.301
10 Lance Stroll Aston Martin + 1.308
11 Charles Leclerc Ferrari + 1.358
12 Carlos Sainz Ferrari + 1.429
13 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren + 1.725
14 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo + 2.265
15 George Russell Williams + 2.280
16 Nicholas Latifi Williams + 2.467
17 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri + 2.659
18 Mick Schumacher Haas + 2.805
19 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo + 3.174
20 Nikita Mazepin Haas + 4.869

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