Two names vied for the most attention during the second and final day of testing at the Hungaroring but neither of them came away with the fastest time.
Robert Kubica’s return to action in a current-specification Formula One car attracted 3,500 fans to watch today’s test at the home of the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The one-time grand prix winner dispelled questions over his fitness by covering 142 laps, equivalent to more than two race distances, in temperatures of up to 38C. He ended the day fourth-quickest with a time set on ultra-soft tyres.
The two Ferrari drivers ended the day ahead of Kubica, split by the other big talking point of the day. McLaren’s Lando Norris also used the ultra-softs, which were not available during last weekend’s race, to set a best of 1’17.385.
This was faster than either of McLaren’s regular drivers managed at any point during the last race weekend. Norris was the only driver from any team to improve on their time from last week.
Sebastian Vettel set the best time of the day during the morning’s track activity before handing over to team mate Kimi Raikkonen. The Toro Rosso drivers also shared their car and completed the top six.
Mercedes junior driver George Russell spent another day at the wheel of the W08. This time he also evaluated a new version of the Halo head protection system which will be introduced next year.
Formula Two driver Luca Ghiotto was kept busy by Williams, logging a mammoth 161 laps in the FW40.
|Pos.||Car number||Driver||Team||Model||Best time||Gap||Laps|
|5||55||Carlos Sainz Jnr||Toro Rosso||STR12||1’18.850||1.726||68|
|6||26||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||STR12||1’19.116||1.992||54|
|7||35||Lucas Auer||Force India||VJM10||1’19.242||2.118||49|
|9||34||Nikita Mazepin||Force India||VJM10||1’19.692||2.568||48|
|10||15||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull||RB13||1’20.337||3.213||107|
2017 F1 season
- Stripping Verstappen of 2017 US podium was “one of the toughest decisions” – steward
- Sepang pays Haas compensation for Grosjean’s 2017 crash
- Williams revenues rose in 2017 after Bottas deal with Mercedes
- New kerbs at COTA in response to Verstappen’s corner-cutting
- Australian Grand Prix cost government £56 million last year