2022 Hungarian Grand Prix FP1 report and highlights: Sainz leads Verstappen in opening Hungarian Grand Prix practice

2022 Hungarian Grand Prix FP1 report and highlights: Sainz leads Verstappen in opening Hungarian Grand Prix practice

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz laid down an early marker as he beat championship leader Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc to the fastest time in opening practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Spaniard clocked 1m 18.750s to finish 0.130s ahead of Verstappen, having sailed to the top after going fastest of all in the final two sectors, with Leclerc just a tenth of a second further back in third.

AS IT HAPPENED: All the action from the first practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix

McLaren’s Lando Norris left it late to switch on the soft tires and jumped up to fourth, 0.5 seconds off the pace at the Hungaroring, hosting F1’s final event before the summer break – with team-mate Daniel Ricciardo half a second back in eighth. the stronger of the two on the medium.

The leading Mercedes was George Russell in fifth, ahead of Sergio Perez – who was heard sneezing several times in a row on the team radio and said he had “a bit of an allergy around this place”. The Mexican has more pace though, having set the fastest opening sector before the round got away from him on the softs.





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Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton was seventh, with alpine duo Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso completing the top 10.

Sebastian Vettel, who announced on Thursday that he will retire from F1 at the end of the year, was 11th, a fraction ahead of teammate Lance Stroll, as Aston Martin spent much of the session running the more durable compounds before turning its attention to them late on . the soft.

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Pierre Gasly pipped AlphaTauri teammate Yuki Tsunoda to 13th, with Zhou Guanyu taking the old spec Alfa Romeo to 15th. His teammate Valtteri Bottas has the new floor this weekend, with Zhou getting it for Spa, but he will have to wait until FP2 to test it as it was reserve driver Robert Kubica who got the first taste, the Pole finishing 19th.

Highlights from FP1: Hungarian Grand Prix 2022

Alex Albon put his Williams 16th, ahead of Kevin Magnussen, who drove the heavily upgraded Haas, the American team bringing an update package for the first time this season.

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Mick Schumacher will get the Haas update for Spa – and finished FP1 18th, with the Williams of Nicholas Latifi supporting the timesheets.

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