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Gary Rose

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  1. Post update


    Pure domination from Lewis Hamilton so far in Hungary, topping all the practice sessions and qualifying. Can he complete the clean sweep tomorrow with victory? It will certainly take something special from his rivals to deny him.

    We'll be back at 11:30 BST tomorrow, so see you then.

  2. Your Bianchi tributes

    Formula 1

    Liz: Jake Calvert, Gordon Mutch and Darren Dawson racing at Wigan three sisters this weekend...

    Becks Maggs: #JB17Forever #bbcf1 Jules forever in our hearts.

    Antti: RIP Jules, you really were gone too soon

  3. Penultimate word from Lewis

    Lewis Hamilton
  4. Get involved

    Kingsley: That was a marker! If only #LH44 had converted his poles to victories, he would have been out of sight in WDC standings.

    Jeremiah Kariuki: With Ricciardo and Vettel starting on the 2nd row, there is a high chance Redbull may finish on the podium tomorrow!

    Chris Knapp: Dominant performance from Lewis. Not sure how McLaren continue to be so bad. My Fiesta Pop+ was more reliable.

  5. Hamilton out in front again


    Lewis Hamilton's pole position means he moves ahead of Damon Hill and into second in the list of consecutive front row starts. He is now on to 18, but still has a bit to go to catch Ayrton Senna, who boasts 24 front row starts.

  6. Post update

    Formula 1

    Sebastian Vettel, who will line up third on the grid: "The car kept improving, third was the maximum we could do, I am happy. Tomorrow I expect a tight race."

  7. Post update

    Formula 1

    Nico Rosberg, who starts from second on the grid on Sunday: "I just didn't find the pace, it's been a bit up and down all weekend. Definitely not happy."

  8. Post update

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton, who will start on pole on Sunday: "I'm incredibly happy with the weekend, I can't remember having a performance as good as this."

  9. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Red Bull were a surprise this weekend, so it shows the upgrades have worked. Ferrari are just not good enough to take the battle to the Mercedes team."

  10. Rosberg's task

    Top 3 Hungary

    Lewis Hamilton is in prime position to extend his 17-point lead over Nico Rosberg tomorrow.

    He has won the Hungarian GP on four occasions, the same amount as Michael Schumacher, and is also the only driver in the last decade to win from pole at Hungaroring.

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    Tot Wolff

    Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff: "It was a very good lap indeed from Lewis Hamilton. Nico Rosberg wasn't really happy. The car felt terribly wrong the the beginning. The understeer was coming back and going. The cooler conditions on Sunday will be good for us - Ferrari looked better in the hotter races."

  12. Hungarian GP qualifying result

    Formula 1
  13. Post update

    Red Bull team boss Christian Horner: "It was massively close. Three or four hundredths between Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel. Ricciardo especially looked encouraging. Hopefully, we can take the fight to Ferrari. Lewis Hamilton is high on confidence at the moment. He wants to be the quickest in every session."

  14. Post update


    That was Lewis Hamilton's 47th career pole and he has now come out on top in qualifying at nine of the 10 races this season. The man is a machine.

  15. Qualifying Top 10

    Final qualifying

    1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) Vettel 4) Ricciardo 5) Raikkonen 6) Bottas 7) Kvyat 8) Massa 9) Verstappen 10) Grosjean

  16. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton just knocked it out of the park with that final qualifying lap, going half a second faster than Nico Rosberg. He's going to take some stopping on a circuit he loves.

  17. Chequered flag


  18. Post update is not fast enough for Nico Rosberg! It is going to be pole for Lewis Hamilton...

  19. Post update

    Nico Rosberg goes purple in the first sector, but then Lewis Hamilton does too. No mistakes from either so far, and no one giving an inch...

  20. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton and the rest of the field head back out for the final run in Q3. Two minutes until we find out who will start on pole tomorrow.

  21. Post update

    Felipe Massa goes eighth fastest with 1:23.819 on his first go in Q3. That leaves us waiting for Max Verstappen to put a time on the board. Three minutes left...

  22. Post update

    P3 for Sebastian Vettel, half a second down on Lewis Hamilton's best, while Daniel Ricciardo goes fourth fastest. Then it is Kimi Raikkonen, Valtteri Bottas, Daniil Kvyat and Romain Grosjean.

  23. Post update

    ...and so the dance continues. A 1:22.408 for Lewis Hamilton - faster than last year's pole lap of 1:22.7 - puts him ahead of Nico Rosberg, for the time being.

  24. Post update

    A 1:22.766 for Nico Rosberg, but Lewis Hamilton is storming through the three sectors right now...

  25. Your Bianchi tributes - #bbcf1

    Chukky1:‏ #Jules you will be missed.RIP

    The F1 Social: Moving tribute to Jules Bianchi to start #BBCF1 coverage. Heart-breaking to see John Booth's voice crack at the end

  26. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Anything less than a perfect lap from Lewis Hamilton will give Nico Rosberg that chance of getting pole."

  27. Post update

    Nico Rosberg, who secured pole position last year, is the first to burst out on to the circuit with Lewis Hamilton - fastest in every session so far this weekend - not far behind him. Both head out on a used set of soft tyres.

  28. Final qualifying starts

    Right then, time for the top 10 shoot-out. The 12-minute Q3 session is under way.

  29. Post update

  30. Post update

    Formula 1
  31. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "The two McLarens are side by side for Sunday's race. It ended in tears at Silverstone. They may get a reminder from chief Ron Dennis."

  32. Love for Alonso - #bbcf1

    Elena: So much respect for Alonso pushing his car back to the pits. Hope some of the other drivers taking notes

    David Roach: Credit to Alonso there. Real commitment and desire. Good to see @McLarenF1 can be pleased with that at least

    Stefano Rocchio: Alonso is such a class act! Fantastic commitment from a fantastic driver!

  33. IN

    Toro Rosso

    1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) Vettel 4) Ricciardo 5) Raikkonen 6) Bottas 7) Kvyat 8) Massa 9) Verstappen 10) Grosjean

  34. OUT

    11) Hulkenberg 12) Sainz 13) Perez 14) Maldonado 15) Alonso

  35. Second qualifying ends

    Lewis Hamilton finishes fastest in the second part of qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

  36. Post update

    Nope. All four are eliminated.

  37. Post update

    Seconds left and Lewis Hamilton leads Nico Rosberg. In trouble, though, is Nico Hulkenberg, Carlos Sainz, Sergio Perez and Pastor Maldonado. Any time for any last-minute improvements?

  38. Post update

    Nico Rosberg is out on a new set of softs and he is round 1:22.775 before Lewis Hamilton goes half a second faster. Meanwhile, McLaren won't be getting Fernando Alonso back out. The Spaniard's helmet is off and his qualifying is over.

  39. Post update

    The track is green again and Nico Rosberg wastes no time in getting back out for the final six minutes. 1:23.6/7 is the expected cut off point and Rosberg is right on the line at the moment with a 1:23.6.

  40. Post update

    Formula 1
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    Formula 1
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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Pushing the car back shows the inner racer in Alonso. He's wanting to get that car to the top of the hill, then it's downhill. Thankfully, he's got some help."

  43. Post update

    Alonso pushing his car alone

    Fernando Alonso's McLaren came to a halt on the approach to the pit lane. He fancies his chances of being able to push the car back by himself but, bless him, he's going nowhere fast. He does manage to gain a couple of feet before some marshals come to his aid and provide a much-needed helping hand. Cue cheers from the crowd as collectively they roll the car back.

  44. Red flag

    Red flag. And it is a problem for Fernando Alonso...

  45. Post update

    Kimi Raikkonen is fastest through the first sector but Sebastian Vettel has more in the final two sectors and he leads the way with 1:23.168, two tenths of a second faster than Raikkonen.

  46. Post update


    The Ice Man emerges. Kimi Raikkonen had a major water leak in FP3 which obliterated his chance for a soft-tyre run. but all is ticking over OK so far for the Ferrari driver. He is among the first drivers to break the silence and head out with 11 minutes left of Q2, along with Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas.

  47. Second qualifying starts

    The second part of qualifying is under way, but no-one fancies venturing out just yet...

  48. Post update

    Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda: "Everybody had to use the soft tyre, which was a surprise. It is an interesting development. In this session, whoever is on last and on then right tyres will do the best time."

  49. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Nico Rosberg radioed in saying that the balance was better although he says there is still some understeer."

  50. Post update

    Interesting to see both Mercedes drivers out on the soft tyre in Q1. Nervous? Red Bull team principal Christian Horner thinks so. Daniel Ricciardo was the only driver to stay on the mediums.

  51. IN

    1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) Vettel 4) Kvyat 5) Raikkonen 6) Bottas 7) Maldonado 8) Massa 9) Verstappen 10) Hulkenberg 11) Grosjean 12) Ricciardo 13) Perez 14) Alonso

  52. OUT

    15) Sainz 16) Button 17) Ericsson 18) Nasr 19) Merhi 20) Stevens

  53. First qualifying ends

    Lewis Hamilton finishes fastest in the first part of qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

  54. McLaren team radio


    Jenson Button: "We didn't get deployment down the pit straight."

  55. Post update

    No he can't! Fernando Alonso scrapes through as Carlos Sainz occupies the final elimination place.

  56. Post update

    Fernando Alonso pulls a 1:24.563 out of the bag and he is safe, but has dumped team-mate Jenson Button into the drop zone! Can the Briton get out?

  57. Post update

    Nico Rosberg flies around the circuit - the fastest of all through all three sectors - and is into P1 with 1:22.979, ahead of Sebastian Vettel, Daniil Kvyat and Kimi Raikkonen. Lewis Hamilton has also switched to the soft tyre as he looks to sneak in a faster lap.

    At the moment, Fernando Alonso, Marcus Ericsson, Felipe Nasr, Roberto Merhi and Will Stevens are the drivers in trouble.

  58. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "I think it's reassuring to see Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo within half a second of Lewis Hamilton."

  59. Post update

    Nico Rosberg is clearly not comfortable with the Mercedes or his current fastest time and comes in to make the switch to the soft tyre. All bar Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo have made the switch to softs with four minutes of the session remaining,

  60. Post update

    Jenson Button goes faster on the soft tyre and is up to third now. Fernando Alonso has also been sent out on the softer compound tyre and his best time so far - 1:25.032.

  61. Post update

    Formula 1
  62. Post update

    Jenson Button is up into sixth in the McLaren as he posts a 1:25.160, but that time has come on the softs.

  63. Mercedes team radio

    Nico Rosberg: "There's something wrong with the balance - there's so much understeer."

  64. Post update

    Formula 1

    Several timed laps completed now and Daniel Ricciardo is up to fourth fastest. Sebastian Vettel then splits the Mercedes as 1:24.901 puts him into second.

  65. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Nico Rosberg made a couple of mistakes. It's very easy to let the lap time slip away. Psychologically, you sense Hamilton is in the comfort zone."

  66. Post update

    Sure enough he does. Nico Rosberg is off the mark with a 1:25.262, which is swiftly bettered by Lewis Hamilton, who gets up and running with a 1:24.293.

  67. Post update

    Nico Rosberg embarks on his first flyer but runs wide at Turn Three. Lewis Hamilton tears through the second sector and while Rosberg will set the initial place, it looks like Hamilton could immediately pip him into P1.

  68. Mercedes team radio

    To Nico Rosberg: "OK Nico, reference time is 1:24.9."

  69. First qualifying starts

    Qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix is under way! Nico Rosberg is the first driver to make his way on to the circuit, sporting the white walled medium compound tyre.

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    Formula 1
  71. Your Bianchi tributes

    Keep calm poster

    Ben Griffiths on Twitter.

  72. Post update

    Formula 1

    Almost time for the first part of qualifying to get under way as temperatures pass 30C. It is much hotter on the track at 54C.

    There is a bit of a breeze now, though, which was absent this morning.

  73. Post update

    Formula 1

    Mercedes have found the cause of Nico Rosberg's unplanned stop at the end of final practice, with the team saying the car's anti-stall failed to engage.

  74. F1 on BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Formula 1

    There's loads of sport on BBC Radio 5 live with Hungarian GP qualifying, Anniversary Games and Tour de France coverage.

    You can listen to commentary from Hungaroring at 12:55 BST.

  75. Your Bianchi tributes

    Pete Heslop: R.I.P Jules, another brilliant man who left this realm all too soon, God bless you sir.

    Anna Dunne: Wonderful driver future champion. Will always remember his smile and passion.

  76. Most pole positions in Hungary

    Formula 1

    7: Michael Schumacher

    4: Lewis Hamilton

    3: Ayrton Senna

  77. How great were the '80s?

    Formula 1

    The jovial '80s music, the bright red trousers, Alain Prost stepping our of a helicopter with a briefcase and Murray Walker with Ayrton Senna in the high-tech video lab in a field.

    Everything about the introduction to the 1985 Grand Prix of Europe was simply brilliant, so if if you missed it, I urge you to watch out for F1 rewind on iPlayer later. Plus the race highlights are on the F1 homepage now.

  78. McLaren for Q3?

    Formula 1

    The Hungaroring is a high-downforce track and McLaren say nine of the MP4-30's key components are adapted for that, which could account for their promising showing so far in Hungary.

    Well, it is either that or the golden boots the drivers are wearing...

    Jenson's racing boots
  79. Drivers' championship standings

    Formula 1
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    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "Red Bull are hopeful they can compete for a podium finish in Hungary this weekend, but Williams have a different read on the situation.

    "They had their usual low-key Friday, but chief technical officer Pat Symonds was confident the team would be back in their usual place on Saturday. 'We're a few tenths off Mercedes and very equal with Ferrari,' Symonds said on Friday. 'I don't think we have the same advantage we had over them at Silverstone; it is back more to an Austria-type situation.' As for whether Red Bull can challenge, Symonds was definitive. 'No, I don't,' he said. 'There are no silver bullets in F1. You don't turn over the course of two weeks transform things. Yes, they were quick, but there will be reasons for that. I think we'll see them back - still challenging, we have great respect for Red Bull, don't get me wrong - but I think they'll be behind us.'"

  81. Hamilton to leap over Hill?

    Damon Hill

    If Lewis Hamilton qualifies on the front row, he will move ahead of Damon Hill and into second in the list of consecutive front row starts.

    They are both on 17 - with Ayrton Senna way out front with 24.

  82. Lewis win 'not a guarantee'

    Lewis Hamilton

    Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff: "We saw in FP3 Lewis and Nico are still very close and I would not take it for granted that Lewis will win this one."

  83. Contrasting results

    Formula 1

    Nico Rosberg was on pole for 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix but have never actually managed to get on to the podium. That is in stark contrast to Lewis Hamilton, who has won the race on four occasions and climbed the podium five times.

  84. Your Bianchi tributes

    Ben Bowman: Such a moving tribute for Jules Bianchi.

    Andrea B: Suzi sharing memories with Greame was so lovely.

    Robert Cunningham: One of F1's brightest prospects has been lost but never will be forgotten, thoughts with your family and friends.

  85. Post update


    Sauber: Lovely gesture by the fans here at the Hungarian GP in honour of Jules

  86. 'Jules would do it with a smile'

    Jules Bianchi

    Manor CEO Graeme Lowdon, speaking to Suzi Perry on BBC One: "With Jules Bianchi you had a top driving talent in the car and could lead the team of people with him. He understood what a racing driver needed and it is so difficult to pick out a special memory. In reality my special memory was the minute he walked into my garage in Barcelona until the minute we said goodbye.

    "He had such a sense of humour and if you had a little note left on a post it from Jules, it would not just be a little note, it would have a little comment or smiley face on.

    "He knew that this is a hard game so he thought why do it and be miserable, you may as well do it with a smile."

  87. Your Bianchi tributes

    Simon Meyrick: I've drawn this picture of Jules in tribute to him...Never be forgotten #ForzaJules

  88. BBC coverage

    Tune into BBC One right now for an emotional tribute to Jules Bianchi, followed by build up to qualifying.

    Send in your tributes to Bianchi via #bbcf1, text them on 81111 (UK only) and post them on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  89. Post update

    Welcome back! In just under one hour qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix - the last race before the summer break - will get under way.

    Lewis Hamilton enjoyed a clean sweep of practice but it has not been quite so smooth for Nico Rosberg, who had balance issues on Friday and then an unplanned stop at the end of the pitlane in P3.

  90. Turning up the heat

    Formula 1

    There was little to suggest in practice that anything other than a Mercedes car will be on pole for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

    However, the battle between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg could barely be much closer.

    With just 0.098s between them in final practice, just one little slip up in qualifying could prove costly.

    Will one of them wilt in the Hungary heat?

  91. Post update

    Speaking of maiden winners, you can continue your full day of Formula 1 fun with F1 rewind on BBC Two and online, which today focuses on the maiden Formula 1 victories that kick-started the careers of some of the sport's best drivers, including Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell.

    I'll also leave you with Andrew Benson's final practice report and we'll be back to build up to qualifying at 12:00 BST. See you then.

  92. Post update

    Top work Sebastian Tampin on getting the correct answer to our quiz (10:25 BST) first. They are the only four drivers to have scored maiden wins in Hungary: Damon Hill '93, Alonso '03, Button '06 & Kovalainen '08. All won their first GP at the Hungaroring.

  93. Post update


    Nico Rosberg did not look best pleased with that unplanned stop at the end of the pitlane at the end of the session.

    "It seemed like the engine stalled," explains Mercedes technical boss Paddy Lowe. "We don't know more than that at moment, but it was not planned. We found a few issues last night which we were able to correct and he started in a bit better place today and we saw that in the lap times."

  94. Third practice results

    Formula 1

    1) Hamilton, 2) Rosberg 3) Vettel 4) Kvyat 5) Sainz 6) Hulkenberg 7) Verstappen 8) Alonso 9) Ricciardo 10) Grosjean

    11) Maldonado 12) Massa 13) Button 14) Bottas 15) Perez 16) Raikkonen 17) Nasr 18) Ericsson 19) Stevens 20) Merhi

  95. Chequered flag

    Lewis Hamilton finishes fastest in third practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

  96. Post update

    Formula 1
  97. Your Bianchi tributes

    Ross H: Had the pleasure of meeting him at the Malaysian GP last year, lovely guy who is sorely missed #GoneButNeverForgotten #CiaoJules

    Roz Bowden: Not just a huge talent with great potential lost, but a kind, gentle and much-loved human being. RIP Jules #JB17

    William: Gone to soon Jules. You'll still be our hero when we see you again. #CiaoJules

    Will Goodier: Met Jules a year ago today! Lovely to see him give time to his fans! #CiaoJules

    Jules Bianchi
  98. Post update


    Nico Rosberg stops at the end of the pitlane and clambers out of his car. The marshals arrive to roll the Mercedes back to the Mercedes garage, with Rosberg giving them a hand.

    Under a minute left, with Lewis Hamilton also in the pits, but Sebastian Vettel and Carlos Sainz head back out for the final few seconds.

  99. Post update

    Sebastian Vettel goes third fastest with his first softs run but it is 0.9s slower than Nico Rosberg's best effort. Carlos Sainz is fourth fastest, 1.3 off the Mercedes, with Daniil Kvyat fifth and Nico Hulkenberg sixth.

    Meanwhile, Daniel Ricciardo's can only go ninth fastest. Red Bull are not showing the pace displayed yesterday so far.

  100. Post update

    Formula 1
  101. Post update

    Bosh! Less than 0.1s between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton as the latter goes round in 1:22.997, enough to sneak him ahead of his Mercedes team-mate, though.

  102. Post update

    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    Formula 1

    "Water leak for Kimi - end of session and the car's going up on jacks."

  103. Post update

    A 1:23.095 for Nico Rosberg and he moves 1.3 seconds clear at the top of the standings. Lewis Hamilton heads out for his first run on the softs now. Time to see what the championship leader can do.

  104. Post update

    Formula 1

    Nico Rosberg re-emerges with softs strapped on his Mercedes and embarks on his first flyer on the compound. All looking good with his lap so far...

  105. Post update

    Some bad news for Kimi Raikkonen as Jennie Gow reports from the Ferrari garage that his car has a "major water leak". He remains in his seat, so is perhaps hopeful of getting back out at some point in the final 15 minutes.

    Meanwhile, it is all relatively quiet on the circuit with just the two Force Indias and the Red Bull of Daniil Kvyat circulating the track.

  106. Post update

    Tom Clarkson

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter

    "There is very little happening on Lewis Hamilton's side of the garage - no changes to the car since that last run but on Nico Rosberg's car a lot of changes - both front and rear suspension changes. He was not happy with the balance of his Mercedes on Friday, particularly over one lap."

  107. Your Bianchi tributes

    Mick Tomsett: Saw Jules test for Ferrari at Silverstone last year and was so impressed. F1 has lost a shining star. You will be missed Jules!

    Mark Eyeington: Met him at Silverstone 2014 great guy will be sadly missed #bbcf1 #CiaoJules

    LillyLoo: Race in peace young man ❤ sleep well number 17 ❤

  108. Post update

    Formula 1
  109. Grid attack at Lotus

    Formula 1

    Lotus: While Romain & Pastor are doing longer runs, Julien & Mark sneak in a quick game of battleship.

  110. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton, by the way, has the second fastest time at the moment with 1:24.747, two tenths slower than Nico Hulkenberg's timesheet-topping effort on the softs.

    Hulkenberg, Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso are the only drivers to have taken on on softs so far this morning, but their rivals are heading into the pits now with just over 20 minutes left.

  111. Post update


    Turn One is causing one or two drivers a bit of bother as Nico Rosberg locks up there, as does Lewis Hamilton, prompting white smoke to pour off the front right tyre.

  112. Post update

    Nico Hulkenberg's first run on the softs sees him up into P1 with a 1:24.483 while Sergio Perez is just over nine tenths of second slower with 1:25.393.

  113. Post update

    Nico Rosberg's first timed lap - a 1:24.873 - sees him storm to the top of the timesheet while Red Bull finally join the party and Daniel Ricciardo gets up and running with a 1:25.697.

    Meanwhile, the Force Indias are bolting on the softs and about to head back out on to the circuit....

  114. Quiz time!

    Formula 1

    Quick Saturday morning quiz question for you - something connects these four drivers with Hungary. Who are they (easy) and what is it? Bonus point for the years that connect them too.

    Send your answers to #bbcf1

  115. Post update

    Kimi Raikkonen circulates in 1:25.661 to move top of the pile, two tenths faster than his Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

    Just over 20 minutes in and we are just waiting for Mercedes and Williams to set times, while Red Bull are still to emerge from the garage.

  116. Post update

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  117. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "A bit like Red Bull, McLaren were expecting Hungary to be their best chance for a decent showing for a while, even if their problems with the Honda are somewhat more severe than those of Red Bull with Renault - not that you would know it from the way the two teams are managing their public relations. Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button were duly eighth and 11th in second practice, and both professed themselves to be enjoying the car. Button has targeted a place in the top 10 shoot-out but Alonso is not convinced that is realistic.

    "'We saw that on Fridays some people are not showing their potential, like Williams,' Alonso said. 'They run quite heavy or quite slow and then on Saturday and Sunday they are very competitive. Force India didn't run in FP2 so potentially there are some cars that will be in front of us. But I am happy with the performance of the car - a little bit better at every race, trouble-free Friday for us, so positive start but the important thing is in qualifying and especially the race.'"

  118. McLaren team radio

    Grip was a problem for a few drivers yesterday and it is giving Jenson Button a bit of a headache in the early stages of this session.

    "Very, Very , very poor rear grip. We've lost all rear grip - traction," says the McLaren driver over team radio.

  119. Yellow flag

    Sergio Perez loses the rear of his Force India at the apex and spins, prompting a brief appearance of the yellow flags. He recovers without fuss and gets back on his way.

  120. Post update

    Formula 1

    The circuit is busy now and we've got eight timed efforts on the board, Max Verstappen leading the way with a 1:26.363.

    It was largely a good day for Red Bull on Friday but they have yet to make an appearance today, with both cars in the garage.

  121. Your Bianchi tributes


    There will be a one minute silence to remember Jules Bianchi ahead of Sunday's race and as I mentioned earlier, the teams are displaying their own tributes throughout the weekend.

    Send in your tributes to Bianchi via #bbcf1, text them on 81111 and post on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  122. Force India up and running

    Top work by the Force India engineers as Sergio Perez's rebuilt Force India is sent on to the circuit. After so little running on Friday, Perez and his team-mate Nico Hulkenberg don't mess about. Hulkenberg posts a 1:27.234 while Perez is up and running with a 1:27.382.

  123. Post update

    Reuters F1 journalist Alan Baldwin: Kimi fans are out in force with banners over motorway bridges: "Go Kimi, more than a competitor' and 'Fly Kimi'. Hope he gives them a wave.

  124. Post update

    Formula 1

    It seems Kimi Raikkonen is a popular driver in Hungary, with some bridges across the roads to the circuit draped in messages of support for the Finn.

  125. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "Are Ferrari beginning the sort of mid-season slump that has become a familiar tale in the last three years? Recent F1 history has been a story of stalled development from summer onwards that has seen Ferrari slip inexorably backwards, leading to the mounting frustrations that eventually caused Fernando Alonso to lose faith in the team and leave. It's a bit too early to conclude for now that it is happening again, but after a difficult weekend in Silverstone - rescued when the late-race rain helped Sebastian Vettel catapult from an out-of-touch fifth to a podium - Ferrari were again struggling on Friday in Hungary.

    "Vettel could manage only seventh fastest time - with Kimi Raikkonen fifth - and the German had two spins as well.

    "'We did not have the best day but there were two or three things that were slowing us down,' Vettel said. 'We were stuck in the garage with a shortage in the system, Kimi had a problem with the front wing and we both could not run as much as we would like this afternoon. There is a lot to clean up but we should be OK on Saturday.'"

  126. Go! Go! Go!

    Formula 1

    The circuit is open and one hour of final practice is under way. Sebastian Vettel had a bit of a frustrating day on Friday with a couple of spins and he is straight out on to the track this morning.

  127. It's sunny

    Formula 1

    Slap on the suncream if you are in Budapest, it is absolutely roasting. Temperatures look set to peak at around 35C during qualifying.

  128. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "Nico Rosberg was left trailing by Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in Friday practice - about 0.7secs off on both the medium and the soft tyre.

    "The German does not sound too worried, though, hopeful that he will be able to sort the car out on Saturday morning.

    "'A bit of a difficult day for me,' Rosberg said. 'I need to improve on my qualifying pace, race pace was very good. I need to work on finding the right balance. Today I had too much understeer but on Saturday I have plenty of time. I'm confident it will be OK.'"

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    Force India
  130. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "Force India have identified the suspension problem that caused Sergio Perez's accident in first practice, after missing the second session because they could not be sure what had gone wrong, and have put in place a fix which they are confident will ensure the incident will not happen again.

    "Perez, who said the incident was "scary", admits it has put them on the back foot. 'It obviously hurts a lot,' he said. 'We don't have a lot of information from the track or the option compound. I hope we can have a very good FP3 and I still believe we can do a good weekend.'"

  131. Perez flips

    Formula 1

    Slightly unusual for Friday practice but there was quite a bit going on yesterday, Sergio Perez's crash being the most notable. If you have not seen it, you can watch the highlights here.

  132. Plan your F1 day

    Formula 1

    If, like Karin, you like nothing better than plonking yourself in front of the telly watching F1 for the entire day, then here is how you can follow all the action on the BBC. You can also watch a live stream on this page, too.

  133. Get involved #bbcf1

    Karin: Love when #bbcf1 is live! On Saturdays I can watch F1 from the moment I wake till qualifying ends. Almost eight hours of F1 on BBC2.

  134. 'Drink plenty and suck it up'

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "It is baking in Hungary this weekend, with air temperatures in the high 30Cs and track temperatures well over 50C. In those conditions, it is particularly tough fore the drivers who, as Nico Rosberg put it, are more or less sitting on the track.

    "Lewis Hamilton said after Friday practice: 'It was really good fun but incredibly hot - hotter than a sauna. It was challenging but I like that. I was enjoying it. I can't express to you how hot it is in this suit, and these underclothes.' How do you deal with that? 'Drink plenty and suck it up. I lost over a kilo just then so it is going to be tough in the race.'

    "Temperatures are, though, expected to be a little cooler on Sunday, down to about 27C."

  135. Handling the Hungary heat...

    It is absolutely roasting in Hungary, with temperatures having hit 32C on Friday, and those at Hungararoing certainly have some novel ways of helping spectators handle the heat.

    They've got portable cooling tents...

    Formula 1

    ...and some chap on stilts with a sombrero wandering around spraying people with water. Standard.

  136. Remembering Jules Bianchi

    Formula 1

    Fighting for victory will be firmly at the front of Lewis Hamilton's mind but his thoughts, and those of his fellow drivers, will also be on Jules Bianchi, who died on 17 July.

    Teams are displaying tributes to Bianchi on their cars and helmets, and Lewis Hamilton has just revealed his.

  137. Hamilton Hungary for more

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    Lewis Hamilton
    Image caption: Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian GP in 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2013

    "Lewis Hamilton's love affair with the Hungaroring dates right back to 2007, when he took pole position and victory there on his debut, admittedly after a bit of mutual double-crossing with then-team-mate Fernando Alonso. Since then he has added a further three victories in seven attempts and he already looks well on course to make it five from nine this weekend.

    "Looking imperious in Friday practice, Hamilton said afterwards: 'It is so fun to drive - the combination of corners, the up and down, the way the corners go, it's bumpy, it feels old school, really neat and fun. I'm starting to think it might be my favourite track."

  138. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton

    Variety is, as they say, the spice of life.

    With Lewis Hamilton or Nico Rosberg winning each of the last seven races, a different face on the top step of the podium after Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix, would not be unwelcome.

    It has mostly been Ferrari or Williams who have challenged the might of Mercedes this year, but could Red Bull prove to be their biggest threat this weekend? And is Hamilton concerned?

    "The more the merrier," says Hamilton. "The more battles we have the better we will be."

  139. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "It is a measure of how much Red Bull are struggling this year that they have not yet scored a podium finish in 2015. That could be about to change, though, if Friday practice was anything to go by.

    "On a track on which a car's strengths are magnified and an engine's weaknesses less critical, Daniil Kvyat - increasingly impressive in the last few races - and Daniel Ricciardo split the Mercedes on headline times and were confident that they could have a good weekend.

    "Red Bull were actually quicker than Mercedes on the race-simulation runs - when it was Ricciardo's turn to be the faster Red Bull driver. But the margin was far too big to be representative and the genial Australian was not getting his hopes up. He suspected Mercedes still had a fair bit up their sleeves but was still hopeful Red Bull can be in with a shout of the second row. 'I expect Rosberg to get back in front of us,' Ricciardo said, 'but if we can be the second best team then that would be a really good day. I'm sure we're not half a second in front of Ferrari, but even if we're a tenth in front then I'll take that.'"

  140. No more clowning around?

    Formula 1

    Not even hitching a lift in a clown car could wipe the smile off Daniel Ricciardo's face on Friday.

    The engine in his Red Bull may have gone up in smoke, but there were plenty of reasons for the Australian to be optimistic.

    Lewis Hamilton held a familiar position at the top of the timesheet in second practice, but behind him was Ricciardo and his team-mate Daniil Kvyat.

    Could they mount a serious challenge this weekend?