Lewis Hamilton has led his teammate Nico Rosberg by two-tenths of a second in the opening practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
It was a crushing display from the Silver Arrows as the next best finisher was Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari, an enormous 1.644 seconds off the pace in third.
The German’s teammate Kimi Raikkonen led the Red Bull’s of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen in fourth position by a tenth of a second, while both Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button finished inside the top ten for McLaren in seventh and eighth position respectively.
Many drivers struggled throughout the session to get to grips with the new tarmac around the circuit as they pushed their cars to find the limits of the track. Spins from Hamilton, Vettel and Button proved the newly-laid surface to be initially difficult for grip.
Jolyon Palmer and Pascal Wehrlein spent most of their session in the garage as both experienced problems with their cars, only completing six and nine laps respectively.
While Palmer was in the garage waiting for his car to be repaired, Esteban Ocon was out on track deputising for Kevin Magnussen. Ocon finished the session in 18th position ahead of Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat and Rio Haryanto in the second Manor.
Also making an appearance in FP1 was Haas junior Charles Leclerc, taking over Esteban Gutierrez’s seat for the 90 minute session. Leclerc finished with a best time of 1:25.181 which put him in 16th position, sandwiched between the Sauber’s of Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr.
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