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.