Hamilton heads Red Bull pair in FP2

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Lewis Hamilton was fastest in another practice session interrupted by a red flag ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The championship leader set a best time of 1:23.949 to head Daniil Kvyat by 0.351s. The two Red Bulls looked very competitive during FP2, with Daniel Ricciardo also setting strong lap times on his long run before becoming the cause of a stoppage with 20 minutes remaining.

Having been running quicker than Lewis Hamilton on soft tyres on high fuel, Ricciardo came to a halt at Turn 11 after a spectacular engine failure. The power unit was not Ricciardo's race engine, but team principal Christian Horner says it will leave him having to take a penalty later in the season.

Ricciardo ended the session in third place, half a second off Hamilton and 0.2s clear of Nico Rosberg who struggled to put together a consistent lap. Kimi Raikkonen ended FP2 in fifth place but was over 1.1s slower than Hamilton's fastest time.

Carlos Sainz was sixth for Toro Rosso ahead of Sebastian Vettel, with the four-time world champion struggling to get to grips with his car on Friday. A spin at Turn 12 prevented Vettel from setting a representative fast time, and he then spun again at Turn 1 on high fuel.

Fernando Alonso was eighth quickest as McLaren enjoyed an encouraging day, finishing FP2 1.8s off the pace. Racing director Eric Boullier said ahead of the session it had been a smooth start to the weekend which had gone slightly better than expected at a track where McLaren should be more competitive than recent races.

Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa rounded out the top ten for Williams, which is traditionally slower in Friday practice compared to its true qualifying pace.

Both Force India drivers sat out the second practice session following Sergio Perez's accident in FP1. Perez crashed heavily as a result of a failure on the right rear corner of his car, with the car rolling over after one of the front wheels caught under the chassis following the first impact with the barrier. With the team still to understand the cause of the problem, both Perez and team-mate Nico Hulkenberg were kept in the garage.

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Pos Driver Team Time Laps
01 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:23.949 36
02 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1:24.300 29
03 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:24.451 16
04 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:24.668 34
05 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:25.134 30
06 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:25.599 37
07 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:25.660 26
08 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:25.752 31
09 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:25.881 35
10 Felipe Massa Williams 1:25.920 31
11 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:25.935 19
12 Jenson Button McLaren 1:25.994 32
13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:26.090 36
14 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:26.379 36
15 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:26.442 39
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:26.831 29
17 Roberto Merhi Manor 1:29.113 29
18 Will Stevens Manor 1:29.115 28
19 Sergio Perez Force India 0
20 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 0