Hamilton tops opening practice in Hungary


Lewis Hamilton topped opening practice ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Hamilton, who has won around the Hungaroring a career best four times, set a best lap of 1:25.814 to edge out his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by just a tenth of a second during the 90-minute long session.

Kimi Raikkonen had a trouble-free morning to end up third fastest of all, notably four tenths faster than his Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso in fourth.

Sebastian Vettel was fifth, but 1.4 seconds shy of Hamilton’s session topping time, while Kevin Magnussen continued his recent good form in sixth.

Jean-Eric Vergne was seventh for Toro Rosso, a tenth up on former team-mate Daniel Ricciardo in the second of the Red Bull cars.

Jenson Button ended opening practice ninth for McLaren, half a second adrift of his team-mate Magnussen, while Felipe Massa rounded out the top 10 as the fastest of the Williams runners, with Valtteri Bottas just 15th.

Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez was 11th, while Nico Hulkenberg, Daniil Kvyat and Pastor Maldonado made up 12th to 14th for Force India, Toro Rosso and Lotus respectively.

Sergio Perez was 16th fastest in the second Force India, ahead of Romain Grosjean, who struggled in the second Lotus and Adrian Sutil in 18th, the German a second shy of his Sauber team-mate Gutierrez.

The two Caterhams found themselves 19th and 20th, Kamui Kobayashi half a second clear of Marcus Ericsson, and ahead of both Marussia cars.

Max Chilton, who spent the majority of the session in the garage after an oil leak caused a small fire as he entered the pits after his installation lap, went 21st with a late lap, three tenths up on his team-mate Jules Bianchi.

Image courtesy of Daimler


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