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Rosberg fastest in second Hungarian practice as Hamilton crashes out // New kerbing catches out defending champion

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Rosberg fastest in second Hungarian practice as Hamilton crashes out
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Lewis Hamilton was the fastest driver on track for the first practice session on Friday in Hungary, but the second session caught him out. The day started on intermediate tyres, after overnight rain, but the track soon dried out to give Hamilton the lead from teammate Rosberg. Sauber were running a new front wing, whilst Friday drivers Charles Leclerc and Esteban Ocon were back in the Haas and Renault respectively.

In the afternoon, Rosberg was able to take over the top spot after Hamilton hit the kerbs and crashed out of the practice session. He was unharmed but disappointed having only completed four laps, saying afterwards: “The front wing endplate might have been damaged and the sidepod wing maybe, but fortunately not a lot of damage.”

Jolyon Palmer also had limited running in the Renault due to a fuel pressure problem, whilst Carlos Sainz and Felipe Nasr also ended their sessions early with mechanical issues.