Ferrari Stays on Top in Hungarian Test

Kimi Raikkonen replaced Day One’s pace-setter Antonio Giovinazzi on Wednesday.Kimi Raikkonen replaced Day One’s pace-setter Antonio Giovinazzi on Wednesday.

Ferrari remained the team to beat at the Hungaroring in Hungary on Wednesday with Kimi Raikkonen setting the pace ahead of Robert Kubica.

Raikkonen, replacing Day One’s pace-setter Antonio Giovinazzi in the Ferrari, topped the timesheet from the green light as he came out firing with a 1:16.502 in the opening hour of testing, wrote.

Two hours into the test and the Finn was down to a 1:16.171 and over three seconds quicker than his nearest rival, George Russell in the Mercedes.

Lando Norris took over as Raikkonen’s nearest challenger as he put in a 1:18.768, however, it was Robert Kubica who eventually finished the morning second fastest.

He finally made his mark on the timesheet in the hour prior to lunch.

Although the Williams reserve driver covered 16 laps in the first three hours, he did not set a time in the FW41 until late in the morning, clocking a 1:20.078.

Using the ultra soft tires he brought his time down to a 1:18.451 to finish P2.

Norris fell to third while Sean Gelael, who crashed the Toro Rosso STR13 on Tuesday while testing for Pirelli, was back in action on Day Two as he looked to make amends for his meeting with the Turn 11 barrier.

He was fourth fastest ahead of Russell and Giovinazzi, who was driving the Sauber on Wednesday.

GP3 race winner Nikita Mazepin finished the morning with the seventh best time even though he brought out the red flags.

The Force India test driver stopped out on track at Turn 11 with an as yet undisclosed problem. Renault test and development driver Artem Markelov, Red Bull’s Jake Dennis and Brendon Hartley, testing for Pirelli, completed the top ten.

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