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

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz set a first milestone by beating championship leader Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc for 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 having been fastest of all in the final two sectors, with Leclerc just a tenth of a second further back. in third position.

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

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

1


Carlos
sainz
SAI
Ferrari

1:18.750

2


Max
Verstappen
WORM
Running of the red bulls

+0.130s

3


Charles
Leclerc
LEC
Ferrari

+0.289s

4


lando
Norris
NEITHER
McLaren

+0.549s

5


george
Russell
RUS
mercedes

+0.856s

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

Sebastian Vettel, who announced on Thursday he would retire from F1 at the end of the year, was 11th, a fraction ahead of team-mate Lance Stroll, as Aston Martin spent much of the session to use the most durable compounds before turning late to their attention. The sweet.

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Pierre Gasly beat his AlphaTauri teammate Yuki Tsunoda to 13th, while Zhou Guanyu took the ex-Alfa Romeo to 15th. His teammate Valtteri Bottas has the new floor this weekend, Zhou having obtained 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.

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Alex Albon placed his Williams 16th, ahead of Kevin Magnussen, who rode the greatly improved Haas, with the American team bringing an update package to follow for the first time this season.

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Mick Schumacher will receive the Haas update for Spa – and finished FP1 18th, with Nicholas Latifi’s Williams backing the timesheets.

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