Hamilton tops opening practice at the Hungaroring

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.

Position
Driver
Team
Time
Difference
Laps
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:25.81427
2Nico RosbergMercedes1:25.997+0.18331
3Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1:26.421+0.60729
4Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:26.872+1.05823
5Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing1:27.220+1.40628
6Kevin MagnussenMcLaren1:27.357+1.54328
7Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso1:27.683+1.86930
8Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing1:27.782+1.96816
9Jenson ButtonMcLaren1:27.804+1.99027
10Felipe MassaWilliams1:27.960+2.14624
11Esteban GutierrezSauber1:27.967+2.15325
12Nico HulkenbergForce India1:28.101+2.28728
13Daniil KvyatToro Rosso1:28.208+2.39432
14Pastor MaldonadoLotus1:28.266+2.45228
15Valtteri BottasWilliams1:28.330+2.51621
16Sergio PerezForce India1:28.376+2.56224
17Romain GrosjeanLotus1:28.593+2.77924
18Adrian SutilSauber1:29.025+3.21123
19Kamui KobayashiCaterham1:30.363+4.54930
20Marcus EricssonCaterham1:30.892+5.07824
21Max ChiltonMarussia1:31.004+5.1905
22Jules BianchiMarussia1:31.248+5.43420

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Jack Leslie

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