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Hamilton quickest as Mercedes dominates FP1 in Hungary

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Lewis Hamilton headed up a Mercedes one-two in opening practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday morning as the German marque dominated proceedings in Budapest.

Overnight rain left the track wet at the beginning of the session, forcing drivers to fit the intermediate tire as they went out to complete installation runs.

However, the running soon dried the track out, allowing teams to switch over to slick tires around 30 minutes into the session.

Mercedes immediately laid down an impressive benchmark, with times dipping well below the FP1 efforts from 2015 thanks to the resurfaced track.

Four-time Hungarian Grand Prix winner Hamilton ultimately edged out Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by two-tenths of a second, his lap of 1:21.347 – almost four seconds quicker than the best time in first practice last year.

Rosberg was left to settle for second, with Sebastian Vettel rounding out the top three for Ferrari. Vettel finished 1.6 seconds slower than Hamilton at the top of the timesheets despite completing a super-soft run towards the end of the session. Teammate Kimi Raikkonen followed in fourth place.

2014 winner Daniel Ricciardo led Red Bull’s charge in fifth, two-tenths shy of Vettel, while teammate Max Verstappen followed in P6.

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso survived a spin to end the session seventh-fastest, but wasn’t the only world champion to get caught out. Teammate Jenson Button also lost control at one point before finishing eighth overall, while Vettel turned his Ferrari around after hitting one of the new curbs at Turn 12.

Romain Grosjean enjoyed an impressive session for Haas, running to ninth ahead of Force India’s Sergio Perez in P10.

Second practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix is live on the NBC Sports app from 8am ET on Friday.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.