McLaren and Ferrari in front of Red Bull
The second practice session brought no change at the top after Friday morning at the Hungaroring. Lewis Hamilton was way out at the front again, giving McLaren hope that the Nürburgring triumph was not just a flash in the pan. But as with every Friday practice, the big question is what the other teams were up to, how much fuel they had on board and whether they were simply trying out new parts.
Be that as it may, the fact is that Hamilton's time of 1:21.018 was easily the best at the end of the two sessions, 0.241 seconds faster than the McLaren man's closest pursuer, Fernando Alonso. A further three-tenths behind in third place was yet another non-Red Bull car driven by Jenson Button. In fact, we have to go down as low as fourth and fifth on the timesheet before we find a vehicle belonging to the reigning constructors' championship team.
Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel were both approximately half a second adrift of Hamilton, but possibly haven't yet revealed their hand. On the long runs with plenty of fuel, Webber was making an especially good impression. More than a second behind the current title holder in P5 came Felipe Massa in sixth place. The Brazilian caused a bit of excitement when he spun his car after about 13 minutes on track, but he was then able to complete the session safely.
Predictably, Mercedes GP occupied P7 and P8, with Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher as the hottest pursuers of the top three teams. Rosberg was only two hundredths of a second down on Massa, while Schumacher was around three tenths slower than his team-mate. The last two places in the Top 10 went to the Force India duo of Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil.