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.