Hamilton quickest in first practice for Hungarian GP

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Lewis Hamilton has made a good start in his bid for an unprecedented fifth victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix by finishing fastest in first practice on Friday morning at the Hungaroring.

The Briton recorded a fastest lap time of 1:25.814 to finish just under two-tenths of a second clear of Mercedes teammate and championship leader Nico Rosberg at the top of the timesheets.

Mercedes once again dominated proceedings during practice, suggesting that the loss of the FRIC suspension device at the German Grand Prix has not done as much harm to the Silver Arrows as many expected.

Both Hamilton and Rosberg completed runs on the option and prime tires, as well as some development work to ensure that all systems are working properly following a troublesome weekend in Germany that saw the Briton suffer a brake failure during qualifying.

Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso put in a good first display for Ferrari at the Hungaroring to finish third and fourth respectively. Many questions have been asked about Raikkonen’s motivation of late, but if practice is anything to go by, he could be back in business in Hungary after a difficult start to the season.

To make matters even better for Ferrari, nearest rivals Williams finished well down the order. Felipe Massa came home in tenth, with Valtteri Bottas down in 15th. The Finn’s pursuit of a fourth straight podium finish may be more of a challenge this weekend than it was in Germany.

Red Bull enjoyed a solid first practice session, with Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo finishing fifth and eighth respectively. Kevin Magnussen and Jean-Eric Vergne put in some good lap times to finish between the Red Bull cars, and Jenson Button, donned in his pink liveried helmet to commemorate his father’s birthday this weekend, was classified ninth.

Once again in Hungary, it appears that the advantage lies with Mercedes. Can the Silver Arrows continue to dominate during FP2? Join us at 8am ET live on Live Extra and online, or watch the encore on NBCSN at 12pm ET.

Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

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Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.

Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.

Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.

A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.

A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.

CHECKING OUT EACH OTHER’S RIDES

ASTLES BREAKS THOUGH AS WELL

Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool