Mercedes well clear in Hungary FP1

Lewis Hamilton topped a Mercedes 1-2 in FP1 at the Hungaroring with the reigning champions controlling the session. 

Hamilton set a 1.16.003 on the hard compound tyres midway though the session and his time wasn’t bettered even by his teammate, Valtteri Bottas, who’s fastest time was on mediums.

Mercedes’ pace was ominous with the cars behind being on softer tyres than Hamilton.

The Racing Point cars were out to prove the Red Bull Ring was not a two-off and placed third and fourth in a session where their legality was one of the dominant conversations followed Renault’s protest last week. Both were on soft tyres.

Sergio Perez was ahead of Lance Stroll, both being the only cars within a second of Mercedes.

There was a hairy moment for Perez who had the mother of all lock ups into turn one shredding the contact patch of the tyre and ruining any chance of those tyres again.

Daniel Ricciardo put Renault fifth in the table closesly followed by both Ferraris. Sebastian Vettel leading Charles Leclerc. All over a second off the pace.

It was an untidy session for both Red Bull drivers with Max Verstappen in eighth and Alex Albon in 13th.

F1 Grand Prix of Hungary - Practice
Alex Albon going round the final corner in F

Verstappen was impeded by Nicholas Latifi on his fast lap which he was very incensed about and Albon was struggling with track limits abuse having some lap times deleted.

Lando Norris and Esteban Ocon rounded out the top 10 respectively, both being a fraction quicker than Carlos Sainz, in the tight midfield.

Both Haas had a decent session sandwiching Alex Albon. Kevin Magnussen finished in 12th and Romain Grosjean 14th very close on pace to the tail end of the top 10.

Latifi was the lead Williams in 15th again mixing it with the tight midfield. He was followed by the lead AlphaTauri of Daniil Kvyat.

Antonio Giovinazzi, George Russell and Robert Kubica (who replaced Kimi Raikkonen for the session) rounded out the times for those who ran.

Pierre Gasly was unable to go out at all with a power unit issue preventing the car from working. They will obviously be hoping for a good FP2 this afternoon.