Hamilton and Bottas dominate opening F1 practice in Budapest

Lewis Hamilton
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

POS DRIVER NAT. TEAM TIME
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

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