|For the 5th year in a row Lewis Hamilton cannot be beaten because his car is so superior|
Lewis Hamilton finished on top in first practice for the Hungarian GP, with an impressive time that is faster than any of the practice sessions last year. He was using the hard compound tire too, in what could be an ominous warning to his rivals.
Bottas was second, 0.086s back from his teammate but on the slightly quicker medium compound tire. Then came Perez in the Racing Point pink Mercedes, half a second back on the soft tire. Will we see representative times from those three later on using the same compound?
Both Ferrari drivers were over 1-second back and remain out to lunch.
“Every weekend is an opportunity but we always have to be realistic," said Verstappen. "When you are that dominant, like Mercedes, I think they will be quick on every track.
“I always give it my very best but you have to be realistic, it will be hard to beat them, let’s see how close we’re going to be, maybe the weather is always going to play a part, it can create chaos, we’ll find out, but on pure pace I think it will be very hard to beat them.
Practice 1 Times
|1||Lewis Hamilton||GBR||Mercedes AMG Petronas||1m 16.003|
|2||Valtteri Bottas||FIN||Mercedes AMG Petronas||1m 16.089|
|3||Sergio Perez||MEX||BWT Racing Point||1m 16.530|
|4||Lance Stroll||CAN||BWT Racing Point||1m 16.967|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||AUS||Renault F1 Team||1m 17.200|
|6||Sebastian Vettel||GER||Scuderia Ferrari||1m 17.238|
|7||Charles Leclerc||MON||Scuderia Ferrari||1m 17.404|
|8||Max Verstappen||NED||Aston Martin Red Bull||1m 17.435|
|9||Lando Norris||GBR||McLaren F1 Team||1m 17.523|
|10||Esteban Ocon||FRA||Renault F1 Team||1m 17.615|
|11||Carlos Sainz||ESP||McLaren F1 Team||1m 17.675|
|12||Kevin Magnussen||DEN||Haas F1 Team||1m 17.713|
|13||Alexander Albon||THA||Aston Martin Red Bull||1m 17.727|
|14||Romain Grosjean||FRA||Haas F1 Team||1m 17.890|
|15||Nicholas Latifi||CAN||Williams Racing||1m 17.969|
|16||Daniil Kvyat||RUS||AlphaTauri Honda||1m 18.292|
|17||Antonio Giovinazzi||ITA||Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen||1m 18.425|
|18||George Russell||GBR||Williams Racing||1m 18.574|
|19||Robert Kubica||POL||Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen||1m 19.150|
|20||Pierre Gasly||FRA||AlphaTauri Honda||No time set|