It is under a busy sky and with a light rain that the Hungarian Grand Prix is launched, with free practice 1, while the weather looks very unstable throughout the weekend, showers being expected this afternoon, but also in qualifying and racing.
The drivers therefore took advantage of a dry track, although cold and green, to sign lap times quickly and chain the laps before a possible arrival of the rain, and it was Lewis Hamilton who signed the best time of this first session contested on a second circuit this year, after two races on the Red Bull Ring.
The Mercedes turned immediately into soft compound to focus on performance as soon as possible, in case the qualifications were on a dry track, while the race seemed destined to take place in the rain, or at least with showers .
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas therefore traded the best time during the session, clearly ahead of the Racing Points of Sergio Pérez and Lance Stroll, who quickly placed themselves behind the Mercedes.
Hamilton set the fastest time of the session ahead of Bottas, Sergio Pérez and Lance Stroll, while Daniel Ricciardo is fifth. The Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc follow, with times a little more encouraging than on the Red Bull Ring.
Max Verstappen, Lando Norris and Esteban Ocon complete the top 10, while Alex Albon is 13th, ahead of Romain Grosjean. Victim of a mechanical problem, Pierre Gasly did not sign any time and finished last, just behind Robert Kubica, who replaced Kimi Räikkönen for these EL1s.
|01||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes W11||1:16.003||37|
|02||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes W11||1:16.089||37|
|03||Sergio Perez||Racing Point Mercedes RP20||1:16.530||20|
|04||Lance Stroll||Racing Point Mercedes RP20||1:16.967||35|
|05||Daniel Ricciardo||Renault RS20||1:17.200||28|
|06||Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari SF1000||1:17.238||26|
|07||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari SF1000||1:17.404||29|
|08||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Honda RB16||1:17.435||28|
|09||Lando Norris||McLaren Renault MCL35||1:17.523||26|
|10||Esteban Ocon||Renault RS20||1:17.615||35|
|11||Carlos Sainz||McLaren Renault MCL35||1:17.675||32|
|12||Kevin Magnussen||Haas Ferrari VF-20||1:17.713||35|
|13||Alex Albon||Red Bull Honda RB16||1:17.727||28|
|14||Romain Grosjean||Haas Ferrari VF-20||1:17.890||35|
|15||Nicholas Latifi||Williams Mercedes FW43||1:17.969||31|
|16||Daniil Kvyat||AlphaTauri Honda AT01||1:18.292||35|
|17||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo Ferrari C39||1:18.425||32|
|18||George Russell||Williams Mercedes FW43||1:18.574||29|
|19||Robert Kubica||Alfa Romeo Ferrari C39||1:19.150||26|
|20||Pierre Gasly||AlphaTauri Honda AT01||– :—.—||0|