Lewis Hamilton was fastest in the first practice session for this weekends Hungarian Grand Prix. Hamilton was .2 of a second faster than Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel over a second behind.
The session started with a damp track but the world champions best time was on the slick tyres there were a few spinners on track. Ferrari and Red Bull were expected to challenge the silver arrows but they showed no sign in the session of being able too. However, they appear to be evenly matched on track.
Mercedes who brought upgrades for the last race appear to be ahead of everyone else once again. They were fighting between themselves with Rosberg leading on the soft tyres during their fight between themselves. Hamilton responded with little over half an hour to go to set his fastest lap.
Ferrari had the slight edge with Daniel Ricciardo faster than Max Verstappen. But there is encouragement from the McLaren’s of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button were seventh and eighth. One of their best session since their renewed partnership with Honda. The track which has been resurfaced for this weekend gave some action.
Honda are believed to be at a circuit which suits low downforce and engine power isn’t as important at the circuit near Budapest.
Sabuer, who announced this week that they have new owners and brought their first upgrades of the season finished the session fifteenth with Marcus Ericsson and seventeenth with Felipe Nasr.
Former champions Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button all had spins, although those excursions did not stop either McLaren driver from finishing in the top eight. Hamilton and Verstappen were caught out at turn four, Button, Nico Hulkenberg and Alonso at turn five.
Haas’s Charles Leclerc was sixteenth but for team-mate Romain Grosjean finished within the top ten. Jolyon Palmer endured another session to forget as sensor problems on his Renault meant he was unable to complete more than a handful of laps.