Hamilton nips Verstappen and Vettel in opening practice for Hungarian GP

Lewis Hamilton in the Hungaroring paddock
Lewis Hamilton in the Hungaroring paddock

In a session that saw rain showers hit the Budapest track during opening practice for the Hungarian GP, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton was quickest at 1m17.223s

That time was 0.165s faster than Max Verstappen in the Red Bull, and 0.166s faster than Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari.

The reigning world champion seems back on form after his distinctly lackluster performance last weekend, although it wasn't plain sailing for Mercedes, with Bottas missing nearly the entire session with a PU issue.

Verstappen spun twice

"Unbelievable," fumes the Dutchman after he lost control into Turn 12, sliding off rearwards. "It's so sensitive, you just keep sliding on entry." Clearly Verstappen hasn't found a set up quite to his liking just yet after his 2nd spin.

PU Change for Bottas

Practice 1 Results

POS NO DRIVER CAR TIME GAP LAPS
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:17.233 +0.000s 41
2 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda 1:17.398 +0.165s 28
3 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:17.399 +0.166s 25
4 10 Pierre Gasly Red Bull Racing Honda 1:17.682 +0.449s 25
5 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:17.942 +0.709s 31
6 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:18.188 +0.955s 29
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:18.417 +1.184s 31
8 4 Lando Norris McLaren Renault 1:18.531 +1.298s 34
9 55 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren Renault 1:18.702 +1.469s 23
10 7 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:18.787 +1.554s 32
11 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:18.894 +1.661s 30
12 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:18.973 +1.740s 32
13 26 Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:18.982 +1.749s 33
14 23 Alexander Albon Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:19.223 +1.990s 28
15 11 Sergio Perez Racing Point Bwt Mercedes 1:19.325 +2.092s 20
16 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:19.488 +2.255s 24
17 63 George Russell Williams Mercedes 1:19.649 +2.416s 33
18 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point Bwt Mercedes 1:19.722 +2.489s 34
19 88 Robert Kubica Williams Mercedes 1:20.322 +3.089s 30
20 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes No Time 2

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