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Free Practice 2
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The chequered flag comes out and with no prospect of these incomplete laps improving, Hamilton tops the session.
DRS has been enabled for the closing stages.
Most of the drivers are out there, picking up some wet/dry running.
Perez now off at the tricky turn 11; Senna also just avoids making contact with the 'Schumacher barrier'.
The wets do not like the mostly dry track and suffer as a result.
Button says the standing water on the track is too dangerous for inters although Massa has moved on to them.
Petrov visits the run-off area.
The Ferraris of Massa and Alonso are out, on wets and intermediates respectively. Button also on inters.
Senna has been out and returned to the garage while Vettel also headed straight back in. The McLaren mechanics are forced to rescue Button after he aborts at the end of the pitlane!
Vettel and Glock out there. Timo almost repeats Schumi's accident, but just evades the barrier.
Parts of the circuit are almost dry, while others are soaking wet. Kobayashi loses the back end briefly but eases off and guides the car back on to the track.
Kobayashi takes his chances in the Sauber, chucking up lots of spray.
He is sitting in a camera tower behind the barriers now, chatting to the cameraman.
His team-mate Rosberg had just emerged while Vergne came straight back in... the German seven-times world champion slid sideways at turn 11 and into the barriers. He met them head-on, but wasn't going very fast.
SCHUMACHER CRASHES ON THE INTERMEDIATES!
The rain has stopped and the track drying.
Jean-Eric Vergne and Schumacher take a trip out, on wets and inters respectively.
Ross Brawn believes the battle for the Formula 1 world championship could still be turned on its head - despite Fernando Alonso opening up a gap in the points standings.
Hamilton is unmoved by comments from Ron Dennis that it is McLaren and not himself who holds the key to a fresh deal for next year.
Rosberg is safely back in the garage.
Button thinks better of it and comes in, leaving Rosberg as the only man out there.
It is chucking it down. Most drivers have pitted. Button is still lapping though... practice in the wet could be useful with 50 per cent chance of rain during race time on Sunday.
Kovalainen loses control of the Caterham and runs off the track due to the weather. It is only supposed to be a few drops - but it looks heavier than that.
Hamilton predictably goes top with 1m21.995 - just as the rain begins to hit.
Some rain is falling on the north edge of the circuit. The track temperature has fallen by eight degrees in just 10 minutes...
Raikkonen on top with 1m22.180s while Senna goes fourth with 1m22.659s.
Hamilton looking quick but runs slightly wide.
Alonso now leads the way with a laptime of 1m22.582s. The Ferrari boys are on softs now.
Raikkonen with 1m22.770s to close on Button's best.
Rosberg sixth after improving to 1m23.164s.
Massa and Alonso, second and third, have yet to try out the faster soft rubber. They come back out.
Button sets the fastest time of the session on softs. His time is 1m22.747s. Still tight between the top five drivers.
Light rain expected in 10 minutes. Those clouds look very ominous, though.
The top 10 after half an hour: 1.Massa 2.Alonso 3.Raikkonen 4.Button 5.Hamilton 6.Senna 7.Schumacher 8.Vettel 9.Kobayashi 10.Grosjean
Daniel Ricciardo is also on softs. /// Who are you supporting this weekend?
Hamilton working with his engineers.
Grosjean not convinced that his car is performing as it should and comes back in.
Senna up to sixth with a time of 1m23.219s.
The Lotus of Grosjean is back out there on soft tyres.
Championship leader Alonso is second now. Senna the only driver among the top 10 in the timesheets on the track.
Indeed Caterham are keen for Heikki Kovalainen to get some quick work in on the soft tyres. The rain, if it comes, is predicted to be a short shower.
Felipe Massa puts the Ferrari on top with 1m22.831s as rain warnings come in. 10km away though, so no panicked rush back to the pits... indeed the drivers should take advantage of the dry running while they can.
This short circuit is no longer packed with cars. Have a look at its vital statistics.
Vettel now sixth with 1m23.713s.
Michael Schumacher fifth with 1m23.317s while Button is fastest in the first and third sectors but remains behind Raikkonen overall.
Hamilton is the last man to set a time - 1m23.924s puts him third.
Vettel ninth after his initial 1m24.608s. Red Bull were two seconds slower than McLaren in FP1.
Jenson Button sixth then second with his first two runs, the second of them a 1m23.558s. /// @Lotus_F1Team: "That put his nose out of joint: a brush with the barriers means a new nose for @RGrosjean"
All drivers expect for the Lotuses are on track.
He is fine and the Lotus has some front-wing damage, but all four wheels are intact.
GROSJEAN SPINS AT TURN SEVEN AND HITS THE BARRIER!
Kimi Raikkonen makes it a Lotus one-two by going P1 with 1m22.950s.
Romain Grosjean now leads the way with 1m24.110s in the Lotus.
Nico Rosberg puts Mercedes top of the pile with his first lap, a 1m26.689s.
Senna goes top with 1m27.605s before his Williams team-mate Pastor Maldonado tops his effort with 1m27.518s.
Charles Pic is the early pacesetter for Marussia with 1m32.688s.
No Red Bulls or McLarens as yet. Nico Hulkenberg, Bruno Senna and Narain Karthikeyan take control of their cars after test/reserve drivers picked up experience in FP1.
The second session of the weekend off to the usual busy start, with several cars immediately lapping.
There are more clouds overhead as this session begins.
McLaren seek to continue their morning pace in Friday afternoon practice at the Hungaroring.