Hungary: Mercedes duo 1-2 in first practice

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton

Overnight rain meant intermediate tires were required for installation laps, but once the dry tires went on it was clear this weekend looks to be another waltz in the park for the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes cars. Lewis Hamilton set the pace in opening Formula 1 free practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The three-time world champion put up a lap of 1m21.347s on the super-softs Pirellis.

His Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg was second quickest, two tenths off the pace with Sebastian Vettel third, 1.6s behind and out to lunch like the rest of the teams.

Vettel's time was also set on the super-softs, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen on super-softs in fourth.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was fifth quickest, three tenths clear of team-mate Max Verstappen, with both drivers only running the soft tires – i.e. they are sandbagging.

McLaren duo Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button – who had a number of off-track excursions between them – were seventh and eighth respectively.

Proving F1 is 99.9% car is the fact that most of the team cars below are adjacent to one another with near identical times. It does not matter who is in the cockpit, the car is as fast as the engineers make it. When autonomous technology is mature they won't even need the driver.


Pos Driver Car/Engine Time Behind Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes/Mercedes 1m21.347s 0.000s 34
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes/Mercedes 1m21.584s 0.237s 34
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari/Ferrari 1m22.991s 1.644s 22
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari/Ferrari 1m23.082s 1.735s 19
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m23.174s 1.827s 28
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m23.457s 2.110s 27
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m23.935s 2.588s 28
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m23.961s 2.614s 18
9 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m24.013s 2.666s 22
10 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m24.073s 2.726s 29
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m24.120s 2.773s 29
12 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m24.154s 2.807s 27
13 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m24.370s 3.023s 33
14 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m24.579s 3.232s 27
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m24.981s 3.634s 19
16 Charles Leclerc Haas/Ferrari 1m25.181s 3.834s 22
17 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m25.256s 3.909s 18
18 Esteban Ocon Renault/Renault 1m25.260s 3.913s 28
19 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m25.324s 3.977s 16
20 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m27.012s 5.665s 23
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m27.249s 5.902s 9
22 Jolyon Palmer Renault/Renault 1m28.560s 7.213s 6

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