Hungarian GP FP1: Daniel Ricciardo fastest in upgraded Red Bull

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo set the pace in opening practice for Formula 1's Hungarian Grand Prix, with three different teams occupying the top three places

Hungarian GP FP1: Daniel Ricciardo fastest in upgraded Red Bull

Ricciardo clocked a 1m18.486s on the super-soft Pirelli tyres, which was just 0.05 seconds slower than the fastest lap of the Hungaroring in an F1 car, set by Rubens Barrichello in 2004.

The Australian, running in an updated Red Bull, finished 0.234s seconds ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen with Lewis Hamilton just over a tenth further back in third for Mercedes.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel struggled with oversteer in a scrappy session and ended up sixth quickest, one second adrift of Ricciardo.

Valtteri Bottas set the early pace, the Finn clocking a 1m19.451s on the super-softs before making a series of improvements to drop into the low 1m19s.

Team-mate Hamilton then became the first man into the 1m18s, only to be usurped by Ricciardo, who pumped in a series of quick laps to sweep to the top of the times.

Attention then turned to gathering long-run data, particularly on the super-soft tyre, at the Hungaroring.

Bottas ended the session fourth quickest, ahead of Max Verstappen, with McLaren getting both cars into the top 10 as Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne finished seventh and eighth respectively.

Renault's Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer were separated by three tenths of a second as they completed the top 10.

Palmer brought an early end to the session when he ran wide at Turn 4, driving over the exit kerb, which shattered his front wing, caused a puncture and scattered debris across the track.

The Briton tried to recover to the pits, but was ultimately forced to stop the car at the side of the circuit.

Felipe Massa was the leading Williams in 11th, four tenths quicker than team-mate Lance Stroll, and just a fraction ahead of Force India's Sergio Perez.

It was a frustrating morning for Haas, with Antonio Giovinazzi - in for Kevin Magnussen for FP1 - bringing out the red flag when he spun at Turn 11 and ended up in the barriers.

Earlier in the session, Romain Grosjean also ran off track, sliding gingerly into the tyre barrier and damaging the rear wing.

Grosjean spent most of the session in the garage but managed a flurry of laps in the closing stages and ended up 16th fastest.

FP1 TIMES

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m18.486s - 31
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m18.720s 0.234s 20
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m18.858s 0.372s 31
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m19.162s 0.676s 27
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m19.248s 0.762s 30
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m19.563s 1.077s 21
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m19.987s 1.501s 21
8 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m20.005s 1.519s 24
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m20.150s 1.664s 25
10 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m20.461s 1.975s 27
11 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m20.540s 2.054s 28
12 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m20.574s 2.088s 23
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m20.780s 2.294s 27
14 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Renault 1m20.917s 2.431s 25
15 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m20.974s 2.488s 29
16 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m21.313s 2.827s 20
17 Alfonso Celis Force India/Mercedes 1m21.602s 3.116s 24
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m21.785s 3.299s 31
19 Antonio Giovinazzi Haas/Ferrari 1m22.251s 3.765s 8
20 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m22.490s 4.004s 29


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