Daniel Ricciardo fastest in Hungarian Grand Prix FP1

Following FP1 for the Hungarian Grand Prix, Chris Soulsby looks at the session which saw Daniel Ricciardo set the early pace for Red Bull.

Daniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the (3) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB13 TAG Heuer on track during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 28, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary.

Formula 1 returned to Budapest this weekend for the Hungarian Grand Prix. First practice marked the firs session of the weekend, and as such, a number of teams were running new and updated parts on their cars in order to improve pace on track.

Daniel Ricciardo fastest in Hungarian Grand Prix FP1

There were two driver changes in first practice, with Alfonso Celis Jr driving for Force India instead of Esteban Ocon, taking up his role as their test driver. Antonio Giovinazzi also took part in FP1 for Haas for the second race weekend in a row, driving instead of Kevin Magnussen.

In the early part of the session, teams were running new parts and this was evident with Red Bull Racing, with Max Verstappen completing his first laps of the session with an aero rake fitted to the car and flow-vis paint applied to his rear wing. This was in order to map the airflow over the car having applied a number of new aerodynamic parts due to the high downforce requirements of the Hungaroring.

It was a messy session for a number of drivers, with Romain Grosjean spinning in turn 3 to nudge the wall, Sebastian Vettel spinning, Stoffel Vandoorne spinning, and Lance Stroll having an off track moment. The biggest mistake made however, was from Antonio Giovinazzi, who crashed his Haas in the second sector, spinning and clouting the wall with some force, causing the red flag to be waved with 57 minutes of the session remaining.

When the green flag waved, the session was without drama as the track began to rubber in until the closing stages when the red flag was shown once again. This time it was for Jolyon Palmer, who had a scary moment when he lost his front wing in turn 4 by running over the kerb on the exit of the corner

When the checkered flag waved, Daniel Ricciardo emerged as the early pace setter for Red Bull Racing, setting a 1:18.486, 0.234 seconds ahead of Kimi Raikkonen who was the next fastest man for Ferrari. Lewis Hamilton was the fastest Mercedes driver in third. 0.372 down on Ricciardo while his championship rival, Sebastian Vettel, was only sixth fastest, one second off the pace.

It was an encouraging day for McLaren, with both Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne inside the top ten in terms of pace. This will be due to the strength of McLaren’s chassis and the high downforce requirements of the Hungaroring, with straight line speed not being a major factor for setting a good lap.

Results from Practice 1 of the Hungarian Grand Prix:

  1. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing, 1:18.486
  2. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:18.720
  3. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1:18.858
  4. Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, 1:19.162
  5. Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, 1:19.248
  6. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 1:19.563
  7. Fernando Alonso, McLaren, 1:19.987
  8. Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren, 1:20.005
  9. Nico Hulkenberg, Renault, 1:20.150
  10. Jolyon Palmer, Renault, 1:20.461
  11. Felipe Massa, Williams, 1:20.540
  12. Sergio Perez, Force India, 1:20.574
  13. Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, 1:20.780
  14. Carlos Sainz Jr, Toro Rosso, 1:20.917
  15. Lance Stroll, Williams, 1:20.974
  16. Romain Grosjean, Haas F1, 1:21.313
  17. Alfonso Celis Jr, Force India, 1:21.602
  18. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, 1:21.785
  19. Antonio Giovinazzi, Haas F1, 1:22.251
  20. Pascal Wehrlein, Sauber, 1:22.490

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