Hamilton tops opening practice at the Hungaroring
Lewis Hamilton set the pace in the first practice session of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend at the Hungaroring, finishing just ahead of his team-mate Nico Rosberg
It was a busy start to the first practice session of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend, in warm and dry conditions, with Sergio Perez, Valtteri Bottas, Jean-Eric Vergne and Nico Hulkenberg being the first drivers to take to the Hungaroring for their installation laps.
Max Chilton’s session got off to a difficult start. He was forced to stop in the pit lane after his installation lap with smoke pouring out of the back of his Marussia MR03. The Mercedes duo appeared six minutes into the session and traded fastest laps, with Rosberg holding the top spot early on.
Drivers struggled for grip with the loss of the FRIC suspension system and the green, slippery track surface, with plenty of off-track excursions and slides – particularly at turns six and 12.
Kimi Raikkonen briefly held on to second place mid-way through the session before Hamilton moved to the front with a 1:25:814, two tenths clear of his team-mate in the second Silver Arrows.
The Brit remained at the top of the timesheets by the chequered flag, with Rosberg in second and Raikkonen in third place. The Finn ended the session four tenths faster than Fernando Alonso, with Sebastian Vettel completing the top five for Red Bull Racing.
Kevin Magnussen was sixth fastest, with Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo next up. Jenson Button and Felipe Massa rounded out the top 10 in first practice for McLaren and Williams respectively.
Esteban Gutierrez, Hulkenberg (who improved with his final lap) and Toro Rosso rookie Daniil Kvyat were next up, with Pastor Maldonado and Bottas in 14th and 15th. Perez was 16th, just ahead of Romain Grosjean and Adrian Sutil.
Kamui Kobayashi was 19th for Caterham, ahead of his team-mate Marcus Ericsson. The Swede was one of several drivers to spin during the session, after losing control at turn 12. Chilton emerged in the final minutes to complete a handful more laps, finishing ahead of Jules Bianchi.
|5||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing||1:27.220||+1.406||28|
|7||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso||1:27.683||+1.869||30|
|8||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing||1:27.782||+1.968||16|
|12||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||1:28.101||+2.287||28|
|13||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||1:28.208||+2.394||32|
|16||Sergio Perez||Force India||1:28.376||+2.562||24|
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