Formula 1

Hamilton and Vettel top the times in rain affected Friday practice

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel topped practice 1 and 2 respectively in Hungary. However. rain is predicted to continue throughout the weekend, much to the delight of F1 fans worldwide.

Free Practice 1 Report

The session started with sunny skies, but rain was expected throughout the session. Pierre Gasly was unable to even get on track as an issue with his Alpha Tauri forced him to sit out. Early on, Williams and Racing Point found their way to the lofty end of the grid with reasonable times. Traffic plagued many drivers’ laps and numerous radio conversations showed the racer’s frustrations. The expected rain started halfway through FP1, but didn’t stick around for long, meaning many drivers continued their dry tyre runs. Lewis Hamilton pulled out surprising pace on the hard tyre, only 0.003 seconds off a time in the 1:15s. This time was quicker than any of the times seen in practice last year. Red Bull are expected to be the closest challengers this weekend, but finished below both the Racing Points and the Ferraris. However, it is expected that the Austrian outfit are sandbagging.

Full Practice Standings

  1. Lewis Hamilton – 1:16.003
  2. Valtteri Bottas – 1:16.089
  3. Sergio Perez – 1:16.530
  4. Lance Stroll – 1:16.967
  5. Daniel Ricciardo – 1:17.200
  6. Sebastian Vettel – 1:17.238
  7. Charles Leclerc – 1:17.404
  8. Max Verstappen – 1:17.435
  9. Lando Norris – 1:17.523
  10. Esteban Ocon – 1:17.615
  11. Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1:17.675
  12. Kevin Magnussen – 1:17.713
  13. Alexander Albon – 1:17.727
  14. Romain Grosjean – 1:17.890
  15. Nicholas Latifi – 1:17.969
  16. Daniil Kvyat – 1:18.292
  17. Antonio Giovinazzi – 1:18.425
  18. George Russell – 1:18.574
  19. Robert Kubica – 1:19.150
  20. Pierre Gasly – No Time

Free Practice 2 Report

As the rain moved in, FP2 proved to be a bit of a no-show, with 7 cars not even setting a time. There were no major incidents as the cars tip-toed around the track, a few cars ran wide when testing the intermediate tyre. However, Sebastian Vettel gave some much needed good news to the struggling Ferrari team by going 0.2 faster than Valtteri Bottas. A performance they will be desperate to repeat come qualifying.

  1. Sebastian Vettel 1:40.464
  2. Valtteri Bottas 1:40.736
  3. Carlos Sainz Jnr 1:41.784
  4. Lance Stroll 1:42.380
  5. Sergio Perez 1:42.470
  6. Pierre Gasly 1:42.588
  7. Max Verstappen 1:42.820
  8. Romain Grosjean 1:43.335
  9. Kimi Raikkonen 1:43.471
  10. Charles Leclerc 1:43.725
  11. Antonio Giovinazzi 1:44.411
  12. Lando Norris 1:46.000
  13. Daniil Kvyat 1:47.422
  14. Esteban Ocon – No time
  15. Daniel Ricciardo – No time
  16. Lewis Hamilton – No time
  17. Nicolas Latifi – No time
  18. George Russell – No time
  19. Alex Albon – No time
  20. Kevin Magnussen – No time

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