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BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Nico Rosberg of Mercedes posted by far the fastest lap during the second practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday. Dean Deetz Jersey .Teammate Lewis Hamilton was unhurt after crashing sideways into a barrier of rubber tires, Mercedes said. Hamilton was able to drive the car back to the pit lane and later returned to the team garage after a medical checkup.Mercedes said Hamiltons car would be fully stripped to be checked out, but jokingly noted it appears to bounce rather well.Hamilton, who set the pace in the morning practice, also had the fastest time before crashing at turn 11, about 13 minutes into the afternoon session. Rosberg quickly bettered Hamiltons mark with a time of 1 minute, 20.435 seconds, the only driver below 1:21.It was an impressive day for us, performance-wise, Rosberg said. That doesnt necessarily mean well be in such a strong position tomorrow but its very positive. The car is very quick, so a good start to the weekend.Rosbergs time was already 1.585 seconds faster than last years top qualifying time, achieved by Hamilton.Red Bulls Daniel Ricciardo was second, 0.595 behind the championship leader, with Ferraris Sebastian Vettel, the 2015 Hungaroring winner, finishing third.We are more or less where we expected to be, Ricciardo said. We knew it would be close with Ferrari, so if we can keep our nose in front that would be nice.Max Verstappen of Red Bull was fourth and Hamilton, despite completing only four laps before his accident, was fifth.Lewis was caught out by one of the new, unpainted kerbs ... resulting in quite a heavy impact with the barriers, said Paddy Lowe, the technical executive director for Mercedes. The most important thing is that Lewis was unharmed despite the impact. There has been some damage to suspension and a few bodywork elements -- but this will be easily fixed overnight.The Hungaroring is sporting a repaved track and pit lane while several kerbs have been added or upgraded, with track length remaining at 4.38 kilometers (2.72 miles).Veteran drivers like Hamilton and Vettel did not appear keen on the changes before the practice sessions. By late Friday, however, most concerns seemed to have dissipated, Hamiltons mishap notwithstanding.The new track surface isnt massively different, said Ricciardo, who won here in 2014. I was a little bit worried it would lose some of its character, but I think its still much the same.Team officials were also taking the changes in stride and even attributed the faster times to the new setup.We were pleasantly surprised. The track is quite smooth, the kerbs are quite good, said Pat Symonds, chief technical officer with Williams. Were pretty happy with the work thats been done.Symonds added that while there had been talk of blistering in the tires during a European F3 race on the Hungaroring in April on the changed track, even the super-soft tires held up very well today.Ferrari senior engineer Jock Clear said his team had enjoyed reasonably comfortable practice sessions with the tires.We had some fears and theyve not really been founded today, Clear said. The kerbs are smoother ... certainly the kerbs are making a difference on lap time.At the same time, teams did complain about the longest-ever season of 21 races, including a globe-hopping stretch of six races in eight weeks at the end.Williams Symonds said 20 races had been considered the tipping point just a few years back and that employees were starting to prefer staying at team headquarters because of the race schedules toll on family life.I think were way past the tipping point, Symonds said. We cannot ask our personnel to maintain the level of activity. Therefore, were going to look at rotation.Clear agreed with Symonds, saying that people are just very tired and the sport did not have the luxury of using substitutes.Rosberg has 168 points halfway through the season, one point ahead of two-time defending world champion Hamilton. Mercedes has won nine of the first 10 races this season and 41 of the last 48.---Karel Janicek contributed to this report. Roberto Osuna Jersey . The Lightning are 2-0 so far on a four-game road trip, giving the club five straight wins as the guest and improving Tampas away record this season to 11-8-2. Carlos Correa Jersey . During the athletes parade, the 23-strong Ukrainian team was represented by a lone flagbearer in an apparent protest at the presence of Russian troops in Ukraines Crimean peninsula. . Woodson said during a radio interview Thursday that the Knicks Carmelo Anthony doesnt get the same calls as other superstars. Barry Hall has hailed the coaching style of Western Bulldogs mentor Luke Beveridge as Hall deals with his own conflicting emotions of having to watch two of his former clubs contest the AFL grand finalKey forward Hall played in the 2005-06 Sydney grand final teams , but left the club under a cloud after eight seasons, spending his last two years at the Bulldogs.Hall said he supported the Bulldogs as a child and it would be a great story if they won the flag, but described himself as a Swans man.The whole (Bulldogs) story has just captured everyone, so, I want them to win for that reason but if the Swans win, Ill be quite happy too, Hall said on Wednesday.He felt the caring man management approach of Beveridge who this week won the AFL coaches award for a second straight year, was a major factor in the Bulldogs rise.Hes almost changed the way coaching is, Hall said.He gives them a bit of a hug and a rub on the back and a bit of support, rather than hit them over the head.Its probably where coaching is going.Hall said the Swans would be happy the success-starved Bulldogs made it throuugh to the season decider as they would attract all the pre-match focus, allowing the Swans to slip under the radar. Jose Cruz Jersey. They slide into Melbourne Thursday and train and theres not a lot of talk about the Sydney Swans, Hall said.Its probably a perfect preparation, for them. Theyve been there, theyve done it before.All the talk is about the Bulldogs, all the buzz.They are a young side. Can they handle it?Hall experienced a similar situation in 2005, when the Swans attempted to end a 72-year premiership drought.We didnt speak about it in 2005, we knew about it, because we spoke about it earlier in the season, Hall said.But its not something that in grand final week you speak about.Hall noted Sydneys sizzling seven-goal efforts in the first quarter of their last two finals and said the Bulldogs had a chance if they could hang in there in the early stages.I think the Swans will get ahead by halftime and its going to be hard work for the Dogs, he said. ' ' '
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