WSbR Mixed conditions

Hungaroring – Collective testing day 2

After a wet start to the morning, the track dried with each passing lap. As a result, the two groups of Formula Renault 2.0 drivers did not enjoy the same track conditions. In any case, Daniel Ricciardo (SG Formula) and Valtteri Bottas (Motopark Academy) continued their current domination, clocking the fastest times in their respective groups.

Rain during the night had left the track wet for the first session. For the second day of testing, the forty-one cars were divided into two groups. The drivers in group two were the first to go out, and did so sporting wet-tread tyres.

Albert Costa (Epsilon Euskadi), then Adrian Quaife-Hobbes (BVM Minardi Team) took control at the beginning of the session. As the track dried, the drivers re-entered the pits to put on slicks. Before long, Valtteri Bottas had the upper hand over his opponents. The Finn took the lead and, lap on lap, improved his provisional fastest time. He finished the session in top spot, ahead of Richard Singleton (Hitech Junior Team) and Daniel McKenzie (Fortec Motorsport) with a lap of 1'54''415.

The track had dried out further by the time group 1 took their turn. It was no surprise to see Daniel Ricciardo, Roberto Merhi (Epsilon Euskadi) and Paul Meijer (Epsilon Sport) fighting for first position as track conditions continued to improve. Firmly in the lead, Ricciardo ended up with a fastest lap of 1'45''244, within a second of his best time of the previous day. Miki Monras (Hitech Junior Team) climbed into second position.

The track had dried completely by the start of the second session. Valtteri Bottas, Albert Costa and Daniel Zampieri (BVM Minardi Team) were the first to set times sub 1'45''. Bottas just managed to hold onto his lead when on the last lap, Costa came within seventeen thousandths of the Finn. Sergio Campana (Prema Powerteam) grabbed third position just before the chequered flag.

By the time group one took to the track for the final session of the morning, conditions were perfect. Shortly before the end of the session, Tobias Hegewald (Motopark Academy) was leading. Then Daniel Ricciardo went on the offensive. With a lap of just 1'43''852, the Australian set a new record. Team-mate Andrea Caldarelli was second, just ahead of Roberto Merhi.

Andrea Caldarelli: «As always during the first day, we tried various set-ups on the SG Formula cars. Today, we've all got the same basic set-up. My car is more competitive. I think I could still gain a couple of tenths. I will need to put in a perfect lap in qualifying and then in the SuperPole. That's an interesting challenge.»

Albert Costa: «I'm very happy. Usually, you set the fastest time on the second or third lap with new tyres. I did it right at the end of the session, after five or six laps. We're much more competitive than at Silverstone, our car is quick and consistent. It's the first time I've driven here, but I'm confident and above all, very motivated for the SuperPole.»

Pal Varhaug: «I drove here two months ago in Italian Formula Renault 2.0 and I won both races. I hope things go just as well this time round! The car is good, we're up there with the leaders and we mean business.»

Pos Driver Team Time S1 Lap S1 Time S2 Lap S2 Time S3 Lap S3 Time S4 Lap S4 Time Gap First Gap Previous 

1 Daniel RICCIARDO SG FORMULA   0 1:45.244 12   0 1:43.852 7 1:43.852       2 Andrea CALDARELLI SG FORMULA   0 1:45.991 10   0 1:44.053 8 1:44.053 +0.201 +0.201   3 Roberto MERHI EPSILON EUSKADI 2   0 1:45.937 12   0 1:44.145 6 1:44.145 +0.293 +0.092   4 Jean Eric VERGNE SG DRIVERS PROJECT   0 1:46.034 11   0 1:44.393 7 1:44.393 +0.541 +0.248   5 Michele FACCIN JENZER MOTORSPORT   0 1:46.558 14   0 1:44.500 7 1:44.500 +0.648 +0.107   6 Dean SMITH FORTEC MOTORSPORT   0 1:46.125 13   0 1:44.599 11 1:44.599 +0.747 +0.099   7 Siso CUNILL JENZER MOTORSPORT   0 1:46.425 13   0 1:44.685 7 1:44.685 +0.833 +0.086   8 Valtteri BOTTAS MOTOPARK ACADEMY 1:54.415 13   0 1:44.692 8   0 1:44.692 +0.840 +0.007   9 Albert COSTA EPSILON EUSKADI 2 1:56.369 9   0 1:44.709 10   0 1:44.709 +0.857 +0.017   10 Miki MONRAS HITECH JUNIOR TEAM   0 1:45.704 13   0 1:44.812 10 1:44.812 +0.960 +0.103   11 Tobias HEGEWALD MOTOPARK ACADEMY   0 1:46.481 14   0 1:44.858 7 1:44.858 +1.006 +0.046   12 Sergio CAMPANA PREMA POWERTEAM 1:56.244 10   0 1:44.882 9   0 1:44.882 +1.030 +0.024   13 Gabriel DIAS FORTEC COMPETITION   0 1:46.044 14   0 1:44.958 11 1:44.958 +1.106 +0.076   14 Daniel ZAMPIERI BVM MINARDI TEAM 1:59.349 7   0 1:44.959 8   0 1:44.959 +1.107 +0.001   15 Patrick REITERER PREMA POWERTEAM   0 1:47.429 12   0 1:45.000 9 1:45.000 +1.148 +0.041   16 Pal VARHAUG JENZER MOTORSPORT 1:57.854 9   0 1:45.014 8   0 1:45.014 +1.162 +0.014   17 Stephane RICHELMI EPSILON SPORT   0 1:46.574 13   0 1:45.029 10 1:45.029 +1.177 +0.015   18 Ramez AZZAM SG DRIVERS PROJECT   0 1:46.918 12   0 1:45.051 9 1:45.051 +1.199 +0.022   19 Paul MEIJER EPSILON SPORT   0 1:46.657 13   0 1:45.086 8 1:45.086 +1.234 +0.035   20 Kuba GIERMAZIAK TEAM MOTOPARK 1:57.928 11   0 1:45.098 9   0 1:45.098 +1.246 +0.012   21 Victor GARCIA PREMA POWERTEAM   0 1:46.358 14   0 1:45.137 9 1:45.137 +1.285 +0.039   22 Adrian QUAIFE-HOBBS BVM MINARDI TEAM 1:56.728 11   0 1:45.144 8   0 1:45.144 +1.292 +0.007   23 Carlos MUÑOZ EPSILON EUSKADI 2 2:01.230 9   0 1:45.167 7   0 1:45.167 +1.315 +0.023   24 Jake ROSENZWEIG EPSILON EUSKADI 1 2:03.380 5   0 1:45.171 11   0 1:45.171 +1.319 +0.004   25 Bastien BORGET EPSILON SPORT 2:02.634 5   0 1:45.212 7   0 1:45.212 +1.360 +0.041   26 Juan JACOBO HITECH JUNIOR RACING   0 1:46.815 12   0 1:45.303 9 1:45.303 +1.451 +0.091   27 Christopher ZANELLA RACE PERFORMANCE 1:56.067 7   0 1:45.327 8   0 1:45.327 +1.475 +0.024   28 Alex MORGAN FORTEC COMPETITION 1:56.371 12   0 1:45.372 10   0 1:45.372 +1.520 +0.045   29 Juan Pablo GARCÍA TEAM MOTOPARK   0 1:47.046 16   0 1:45.446 8 1:45.446 +1.594 +0.074   30 Pablo MONTILLA EPSILON EUSKADI 1   0 1:47.017 11   0 1:45.466 6 1:45.466 +1.614 +0.020   31 Richard CAMPOLLO EPSILON EUSKADI 1 1:58.091 8   0 1:45.542 7   0 1:45.542 +1.690 +0.076   32 Daniel MCKENZIE FORTEC MOTORSPORT 1:55.458 12   0 1:45.588 10   0 1:45.588 +1.736 +0.046   33 Nicolas MARROC TCS RACING   0 1:47.370 14   0 1:45.684 8 1:45.684 +1.832 +0.096   34 Adam KOUT KRENEK MOTORSPORT 1:57.843 11   0 1:45.783 11   0 1:45.783 +1.931 +0.099   35 Luciano BACHETA HITECH JUNIOR RACING 1:56.528 9   0 1:45.791 9   0 1:45.791 +1.939 +0.008   36  Anton NEBILITSKYI SG DRIVERS PROJECT 1:58.606 7   0 1:46.013 10   0 1:46.013 +2.161 +0.222   37 Cesar RAMOS BVM MINARDI TEAM   0 1:46.246 14   0   0 1:46.246 +2.394 +0.233   38 Nathanaël BERTHON BOUTSEN ENERGY RACING   0 1:46.354 13   0 1:46.988 3 1:46.354 +2.502 +0.108   39 Miguel OTEGUI IQUICK 2:04.008 7   0 1:46.574 12   0 1:46.574 +2.722 +0.220   40 Dino BUTORAC RB RACING TEAM   0   0 1:48.712 5   0 1:48.712 +4.860 +2.138   41 Richard SINGLETON HITECH JUNIOR TEAM 1:55.324 9   0   0   0 1:55.324 +11.472 +6.612