BUDAPEST, Hungary — Six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest time Friday in the first F1 practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
In gloomy conditions with light rain on the Hungaroring track, Hamilton was .086 seconds quicker than Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and .527 seconds ahead of Racing Point driver Sergio Perez.
Hamilton’s fastest time was even more impressive considering he was using a slower hard tire compound. Perez, meanwhile, went off track briefly after his right front tire started to shred.
Lance Stroll was fourth for Racing Point, which uses Mercedes engines.
Ferrari again lacked pace, with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc both more than one second behind Hamilton’s fastest time. Lewis Hamilton started from the F1 pole last week before pacing the first practice at Hungary.
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, who was eighth quickest behind the two Ferraris, made an angry hand gesture and ranted at Williams driver Nicholas Latifi after being blocked by him.
There is a second practice later Friday.
The Mercedes drivers have won one race each from pole position this season. Bottas won the season-opening Austrian GP and Hamilton clinched the Styrian GP in Austria last Sunday for his 85th F1 win.