Mercedes AMG Petronas’ Lewis Hamilton topped the timing screens during the first free practice session ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix. The Brit finished just two tenths of a second ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg as the two drivers dominated the session as expected. A number of the competitors were testing the circuit run off areas as there was a new track surface around the Hungaroring circuit. The time Hamilton set to finish on top of the times was a 1:21.347 when using the Super soft compound Pirelli tyres. Rosberg was close behind and was also using the super soft tyres.
Third place on the timing screens was Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel who finished ahead of teammate Kimi Raikkonen, with just 0.091 seconds separating the two. Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top five with a lap time of 1:23.174 with teammate Max Verstappen finishing close behind in sixth place. The McLaren Honda team had a pretty good session with both drivers finishing within the top ten. Fernando Alonso set a fastest lap time of 1:23.935 with teammate Jenson Button just 0.026 seconds behind. They both spun during the session at turn five.
Haas F1’s Romain Grosjean finished the session in a respectable ninth place with a lap time of 1:24.013 ahead of Sahara Force India’s Sergio Perez. The Mexican driver rounded out the top ten with teammate Nico Hulkenberg following behind with just 0.047 seconds between the two. Williams Martini Racing’s Felipe Massa finished in twelfth place ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas with just two tenths of a second parting the teammates. Carlos Sainz Jr was next in fourteenth for Scuderia Toro Rosso. Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson finished in fifteenth ahead of Charles Leclerc. The current GP3 Series championship leader took part in the session in place of Esteban Gutierrez, this being Leclerc’s second free practice one session for the Haas team. The young driver finished the session with a lap time of 1:25.181 which put him sixteenth on the timing screens. Felipe Nasr ended the session with a fastest lap time of 1:25.256 for Sauber.
Esteban Ocon took part in the session in place of Renault Sport F1’s Kevin Magnussen, ending the session with a fastest time of 1:25.260. next up was Daniil Kvyat for the Toro Rosso team with a best lap time of 1:25.324 to finish the session in nineteenth. In twentieth was Manor Racing’s Rio Haryanto with a best time of 1:27.012. His Manor Racing teammate Pascal Wehrlein was next up in twenty-first, just 0.237 seconds separating the two.
Unfortunately, Renault Sport F1’s Jolyon Palmer spent the majority of the session in his pit garage and was only able to complete a few laps. The Brit finished the session in twenty-second with a fastest lap time of 1:28.560.
©Fay Tilley 22nd July 2016.