Lewis Hamilton has headed another Mercedes one-two in the first practice session in Hungary, just under two-tenths of a second quicker than team-mate Nico Rosberg.
The pair went straight out onto the track at the start of the session, utilizing the extra set of medium compound tyres provided by Pirelli for the first 30 minutes of FP1.
Both drivers traded fastest laps early on attempting to gain the upper hand for the weekend, as bad result here will stir in the mind of a driver for a month before F1 returns to Belgium after the summer break.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen finally had a session without problems and was able to post a 1:26.421 to place him third on the timesheets, 0.6 seconds behind Rosberg. His team-mate Fernando Alonso was 0.4 seconds behind him in fourth position.
The start of the practice session wasn’t only about Mercedes jumping on track early, but it was the smoking Marussia of Max Chilton that turned heads in pit lane.
The Briton was returning from an installation lap when blue smoke started to pour out of his MR03, he stopped just outside the McLaren garage where Marshals and mechanics were able to put out the blaze.
Chilton then sat out most of the session as a gearbox oil leak was the result of the fire. He was able to get out on track with five minutes to spare and post a timed lap, just over two tenths faster than his team-mate Jules Bianchi in 22nd.
A few drivers were complaining about the rear tyres overheating early in the session, as the track temperature exceeded 40 degrees Celsius.
Jenson Button and Romain Grosjean both reported downforce issues on their cars, with Button suggesting the rear of the car was lacking in downforce, despite running a new wing.
2014 Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 1 Results:
|Driver||Team / Entry||Time||Gap||Laps|
|1.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05||1:25.814||27|
|2.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05||1:25.997||+ 0.238||31|
|3.||Kimi Räikkönen||Scuderia Ferrari F14T||1:26.421||+ 0.607||29|
|4.||Fernando Alonso||Scuderia Ferrari F14T||1:26.872||+ 1.058||23|
|5.||Sebastian Vettel||Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10||1:27.220||+ 1.406||28|
|6.||Kevin Magnussen||McLaren Mercedes MP4-29||1:27.357||+ 1.543||28|
|7.||Jean-Éric Vergne||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9||1:27.683||+ 1.869||30|
|8.||Daniel Ricciardo||Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10||1:27.782||+ 1.968||16|
|9.||Jenson Button||McLaren Mercedes MP4-29||1:27.804||+ 1.990||27|
|10.||Felipe Massa||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36||1:27.960||+ 2.146||24|
|11.||Esteban Gutiérrez||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33||1:27.967||+ 2.153||25|
|12.||Nico Hülkenberg||Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07||1:28.101||+ 2.287||28|
|13.||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9||1:28.208||+ 2.394||32|
|14.||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus F1 Team Renault E22||1:28.266||+ 2.452||28|
|15.||Valtteri Bottas||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36||1:28.330||+ 2.516||21|
|16.||Sergio Pérez||Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07||1:28.376||+ 2.562||24|
|17.||Romain Grosjean||Lotus F1 Team Renault E22||1:28.593||+ 2.779||24|
|18.||Adrian Sutil||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33||1:29.025||+ 3.211||23|
|19.||Kamui Kobayashi||Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05||1:30.363||+ 4.549||30|
|20.||Marcus Ericsson||Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05||1:30.892||+ 5.078||24|
|21.||Max Chilton||Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03||1:31.004||+ 5.190||5|
|22.||Jules Bianchi||Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03||1:31.248||+ 5.434||20|
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