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Red Bull set the pace in Hungary

2nd August 2019, 17:53 by Tom McGarry

Red Bull pair Pierre Gasly and Max Verstappen set the pace during Friday's rain-affected second practice at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

There was only a brief window of dry running during the afternoon session and the Austrian outfit were able to take advantage as Gasly set the fastest time of 1:17.854, finishing 0.055s ahead of Verstappen, although his run was on soft tyres, while the Dutchman's was on the slower mediums.

World Championship leader Lewis Hamilton arguably produced the most impressive lap of the session after he registered a time that was just 0.141s slower than Gasly's despite using the hardest tyres available.

The Mercedes driver had earlier set the outright pace during practice one as he looks to bounce back from his ninth-place finish at last week's German Grand Prix when illness affected his performance.

Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas finished fourth quickest during P2 following an engine swap that sidelined him during P1.

It was not such a good afternoon for Ferrari, however, as Charles Leclerc could only finish seventh fastest, while Sebastien Vettel was down in 13th, a full 1.400s off the pace.

The Scuderia will be looking for an improvement on Saturday, with practice three set to get under way at the Hungaroring at 11am.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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