Daniel Ricciardo gave Red Bull’s latest aerodynamic updates instant validation as he went fastest in first practice in Hungary on Friday morning. The Australian, who won in Budapest in 2014, worked his way down to 1m 18.486s as track conditions improved, leaving him 0.2s clear of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and 0.3s ahead of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.
Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen were the only other drivers to get within a second of Ricciardo’s benchmark, with championship leader Sebastian Vettel over a second back.
The top ten was completed by the McLarens of Alonso and Vandoorne and the Renaults of Hulkenberg and Palmer.
Palmer was responsible for bringing out the red flags in the dying stages of the session when he ran wide over the curbs at Turn 4 and lost his front wing as well as several other pieces of bodywork.
The session had earlier been halted when Antonio Giovinazzi, deputizing at Haas for Kevin Magnussen, lost control of his car at Turn 9 and hit the barriers.
Several other drivers, including Vettel, also had spins on what was initially a very dusty track surface.
PRACTICE ONE RESULTS
|1||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer||1:18.486||+0.000s||31|
|4||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer||1:19.162||+0.676s||27|
|7||14||Fernando Alonso||McLaren Honda||1:19.987||+1.501s||21|
|8||2||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren Honda||1:20.005||+1.519s||24|
|11||19||Felipe Massa||Williams Mercedes||1:20.540||+2.054s||28|
|12||11||Sergio Perez||Force India Mercedes||1:20.574||+2.088s||23|
|13||26||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||1:20.780||+2.294s||27|
|14||55||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||1:20.917||+2.431s||25|
|15||18||Lance Stroll||Williams Mercedes||1:20.974||+2.488s||29|
|16||8||Romain Grosjean||Haas Ferrari||1:21.313||+2.827s||20|
|17||34||Alfonso Celis||Force India Mercedes||1:21.602||+3.116s||24|
|18||9||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber Ferrari||1:21.785||+3.299s||31|
|19||50||Antonio Giovinazzi||Haas Ferrari||1:22.251||+3.765s||8|
|20||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber Ferrari||1:22.490||+4.004s||29|