Leclerc, in Ferrari debut, tops opening day of Hungary test

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Charles Leclerc has made his first day in the Ferrari SF-17 a good one, topping the charts in the first day of the two-day test post-the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Monegasque driver has dominated the Formula 2 season and enjoyed his first run in a Formula 1 car this year by taking over the Ferrari after the team’s 1-2 finish in Hungary this weekend.

Leclerc completed nearly 100 laps on the day with a best time of 1:17.746, set on Pirelli’s soft compound.

A pair of race drivers were next up with Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren Honda) and Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) in second and third. Vandoorne was only 0.088 off pace with Bottas nearly a second off.

Mercedes junior George Russell also had his first day in an F1 car, completing more than 100 laps himself in a busy day’s work. With Bottas doing 155, it was a crazy day for Mercedes AMG Petronas with 274 laps banked.

Other young drivers that tested today included Nikita Mazepin and Lucas Auer, who split running at Force India, Canadian Nicholas Latifi with Renault, Sean Gelael at Toro Rosso, Santino Ferrucci with Haas and Gustav Malja with Sauber.

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