FP1 GRAND PRIX OF HUNGARY : HAMILTON LEADS
After two races in Austria we arrived this weekend in Hungary for the third Grand Prix of the 2020 season.
Mercedes dominated FP1 at the Hungarian Grand Prix to continue their dominance of the 2020 F1 season. Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheet with a 1.16.003 on the hard tyre ahead of championship leader Valtteri Bottas and the Silver Arrows have got their weekend off to the perfect start.
It was a slow start to the session with many of the teams taking their time on install laps before committing to setting a lap time. There was a constant threat of rain throughout the session but only a few drops fell and it didn’t impact FP1 at all.
It was Red Bull’s Max Verstappen who set the first fast time on the hard tyre but it wasn’t long before Mercedes were back at the top of the timesheet through championship leader Valtteri Bottas. Red Bull were off the pace with Verstappen finishing 8th and Albon down in 13th. They’ll be hoping to spped up in FP2 this afternoon.
The Finn battled it out with his teammate and the two silver arrows took it in turns to top the leaderboard but it was Hamilton who ended the session on top setting a blistering lap on the hard tyre.
It was largely an uneventful session with the only real drama coming when Robert Kubica, who was filling in for Kimi Raikkonen at Alfa Romeo, spun coming out of the pit lane. It seemed that his hard tyres had not got up to temperature before he put the throttle down but there was no damage done and the session resumed.
Rank Driver Team Time Laps 01 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:16.003 37 02 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:19.089 37 03 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:16.530 20 04 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:16.967 35 05 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:17.200 28 06 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:17.238 26 07 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:17.404 29 08 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:17.435 28 09 Lando Norris McLaren 1:17.523 26 10 Esteban Ocon Renault 1:17.615 35 11 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:17.675 32 12 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:17.713 35 13 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:17.727 28 14 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:17.890 35 15 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:17.969 31 16 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri 1:18.292 35 17 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:18.425 32 18 George Russell Williams 1:18.574 29 19 Robert Kubica Alfa Romeo 1:19.150 26 20 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 0
Pierre Gasly was unable to set a time due to an issue with his power unit. His team spent the whole session with the car in pieces trying to find out what is wrong and will hope to have it fixed before the start of FP2 this afternoon.
Ferrari were off the pace for much of the session but sped up as FP1 came to an end. They finished in 6th and 7th and will still be wanting to improve before the business end of the weekend.
It was Racing Point who finished behind Mercedes with Perez finishing third and Stroll coming in fourth. Red Bull were not far behind but it is always hard to know how much fuel and how hard each driver is pushing.
Nicholas Latifi had a good session and was up to third fastest at one point. He finished the session in 15th but will be gaining confidence with every session he gets in a Formula 1 car.
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