Hungary F2: Leclerc sets practice pace as De Vries crashes

Formula 2 championship leader Charles Leclerc was fastest in practice at the Hungaroring, closely followed by Oliver Rowland and the crashing Nyck de Vries.

Hungary F2: Leclerc sets practice pace as De Vries crashes

Ferrari junior Leclerc took the lead in the early stages and improved his benchmark twice to eventually complete the session with a best lap of 1m27.516s.

His advantage over Renault's Rowland was just seven hundredths, the Briton setting his time at around the same time Leclerc did.

There were few improvements after the first 15 minutes of the running, allowing de Vries to take third despite a crash from the Dutchman.

The Rapax driver lost the rear of his car at Turn 11 and smashed into the barriers, causing a brief virtual safety car phase.

Racing Engineering's Norman Nato was fourth, just 0.23s off the pace, the top four comprised of four different teams.

Nicholas Latifi took fifth, narrowly outpacing Alex Albon and Sergio Canamasas, the Spaniard running wide at the entrance of Turn 5 at one point.

Canamasas was not the only driver struggling with conditions as Ralph Boschung and Antonio Fuoco also had brief off-track excursions during the session.

Leclerc also ran wide several times in the dying minutes, including a trip through the grass at Turn 4.

The top 10 was completed by Nobuharu Matsushita, Jordan King and Fuoco.

Practice results

Pos.#DriverTeamLapsTimeGap
1 1 monaco Charles Leclerc italy Prema Powerteam 20 1'27.516  
2 9 united_kingdom Oliver Rowland france DAMS 19 1'27.586 0.070
3 18 netherlands Nyck de Vries italy Rapax 10 1'27.674 0.158
4 20 france Norman Nato united_kingdom Arden International 23 1'27.746 0.230
5 10 canada Nicholas Latifi france DAMS 19 1'27.876 0.360
6 8 thailand Alexander Albon france ART Grand Prix 18 1'27.954 0.438
7 19 spain Sergio Canamasas italy Rapax 18 1'27.978 0.462
8 7 japan Nobuharu Matsushita france ART Grand Prix 19 1'28.036 0.520
9 15 united_kingdom Jordan King netherlands MP Motorsport 19 1'28.122 0.606
10 2 italy Antonio Fuoco italy Prema Powerteam 20 1'28.140 0.624
11 6 russia Artem Markelov russia RUSSIAN TIME 19 1'28.259 0.743
12 5 italy Luca Ghiotto russia RUSSIAN TIME 20 1'28.260 0.744
13 12 romania Robert Visoiu spain Campos Racing 20 1'28.359 0.843
14 4 sweden Gustav Malja spain Racing Engineering 16 1'28.407 0.891
15 11 switzerland Ralph Boschung spain Campos Racing 18 1'28.425 0.909
16 21 indonesia Sean Gelael united_kingdom Arden International 20 1'28.563 1.047
17 3 switzerland Louis Deletraz spain Racing Engineering 19 1'28.645 1.129
18 17 united_states Santino Ferrucci italy Trident 22 1'28.685 1.169
19 14 brazil Sergio Sette Camara netherlands MP Motorsport 19 1'28.886 1.370
20 16 malaysia Nabil Jeffri italy Trident 20 1'29.129 1.613

 

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