Hungarian GP: Ricciardo sets the pace in First Practice

Daniel Ricciardo was fastest in FP1 ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton. Sebastian Vettel over a second off the pace as McLaren show increased performance. Jolyon Palmer has good session, but crashes late on.

Hungarian GP: Ricciardo sets the pace in First Practice
Daniel Ricciardo made the most of Red Bull upgrades to top the First Practice session from the Hungaroring. (Image Credit: Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo topped First Practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix, making the most of his Red Bull Formula 1 team's upgrade package. 

Australian driver Ricciardo's fastest lap time was a 1:18.486s, on super-soft tyres, which was a quarter of a second faster than Kimi Raikkonen's best effort, with the Ferrari 0.234s slower than the upgraded RB13. 

Lewis Hamilton was third quickest for Mercedes, 0.372s slower than Ricciardo, with Max Verstappen splitting the Mercedes drivers, pipping Valtteri Bottas for fourth fastest by less than a tenth of a second. 

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel was sixth fastest for Ferrari, but over a second slower than Ricciardo's benchmark time. 

Fernando Alonso was an encouraging seventh for McLaren, with team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne narrowly behind in eighth place.

The rest of the top 10 was rounded out by the two Renault drivers, Nico Hulkenberg just over three tenths faster than team-mate Jolyon Palmer, who stopped at the end of the 90 minute session after breaking the front-wing at Turn 4. 

Giovinazzi causes a red-flag 

The first driver to set a lap was Ricciardo, on soft compound tyres, with his best effort being a 1:21.212s. 

This was the only lap-time set in the opening 20 minutes, as teams waited for the track to rubber in before sending their drivers out for runs.

Bottas then came through to post a 1:20.912s time for Mercedes, on then obligatory super-soft Pirelli tyres. 

Raikkonen and Vettel then traded the fastest lap time for Ferrari, with the Finn coming out on top, with a 1:20.078s, a little under three tenths faster than his team-mate. 

Bottas responded to Raikkonen's time, lapping in 1:20.053s, to go P1 by just 0.025s.

After Romain Grosjean and Vettel had both spun at Turn 9, after getting caught on by crosswinds, Haas Friday driver Antonio Giovinazzi lost the car at Turn 11 and thumped the wall, breaking the left-front suspension, the session was briefly red-flagged to allow the marshals to recover the stricken car. 

Mercedes and then Ricciardo

When the session got back underway, Bottas was the first driver to dip under the 1m:20s barrier, with a best effort of 1:19.248s.

This was quicker than Hamilton by 0.128s, but the British driver then improved to a 1:19.095s to slot into P1.

Hamilton then lowered his best time to a 1:18.858s, which was to be his best time of the session. 

Ricciardo, out of sequence with the rest of the field, was able to improve his time to a 1:18.852s, which put him in P1, before going on to set a session best time of 1:18.486s. 

Raikkonen was able to slot into P2 late on, as Verstappen did the same to P4. 

Bad end for Palmer

Needing a clean weekend, Palmer's session went well, until the very end when he ran wide out of Turn 4, running over the kerbs and breaking the front-wing. 

This immediately punctured the right-front tyre and although he tried to limp home, he was unable to do so, and stopped out on track. 

Jolyon Palmer's session ended with a broken front-wing and puncture after running wide at Turn 4. (Image Credit: Formula 1)
Jolyon Palmer's session ended with a broken front-wing and puncture after running wide at Turn 4. (Image Credit: Formula 1)

Vandoorne was eighth for McLaren, but early on, he spun at Turn 2, reporting a loss of power, but was able to restart and get on his way.

Carlos Sainz Jr had brake trouble for Toro Rosso and locked up heavily into Turn 1, while Grosjean complained yet again of the brakes not feeling good. 

Pascal Wehrlein received the wooden spoon for the session, ending up 4.004s slower than Ricciardo for the Sauber team.

2017 Hungarian Grand Prix - First Practice Classification

Position Driver Team Time/Gap
1st Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:18.486s
2nd Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari +0.234s
3rd Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +0.372s
4th Max Verstappen Red Bull +0.676s
5th Valtteri Bottas Mercedes +0.762s
6th Sebastian Vettel Ferrari +1.077s
7th Fernando Alonso McLaren +1.501s
8th Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren +1.519s
9th Nico Hulkenberg Renault +1.664s
10th Jolyon Palmer Renault +1.975s
11th Felipe Massa Williams +2.054s
12th Sergio Perez Force India +2.088s
13th Danill Kvyat Toro Rosso +2.294s
14th Carlos Sainz Jr Toro Rosso +2.431s
15th Lance Stroll Williams +2.488s
16th Romain Grosjean Haas +2.827s
17th Alfonso Celis Jr Force India +3.116s
18th Marcus Ericsson Sauber +3.299s
19th Antonio Giovinazzi Haas +3.765s
10th Pascal Wehrlein Sauber +4.004s


 


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