F1 Hungary: Ricciardo Heads Raikkonen in Free Practice 1


Daniel Ricciardo sets the fastest time of Free Practice 1 at the Hungaroring. Credit: Octane Photography Ltd

Red Bull Racing‘s Daniel Ricciardo led a hectic Free Practice 1 ahead of this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

Two red flags were called for during the ninety minute session with the first caused by Haas F1 Team‘s Antonio Giovinazzi crashing heavily at Turn 11 and then Renault Sport F1‘s Jolyon Palmer lost his front wing after running over curbs seconds before the session ended.

Red Bull have brought multiple aerodynamic upgrades for the Hungaroring and have so far paid off with Ricciardo setting the fastest time with a 1:18.486 with the Supersoft Pirelli tyres, with Scuderia Ferrari‘s Kimi Raikkonen following closely behind with a 1:18.720, around 3 tenths behind.

Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas led the session early, ahead of the Ferrari’s, before Raikkonen and Ricciardo improved their times. Lewis Hamilton ended the first session in third place with team-mate Bottas in fifth. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen split the two Mercedes in fourth.

Sebastian Vettel was among some of the drivers who made mistakes during the session, with the German spinning at Turn 9 but managing to avoid the wall. The championship leader was able to continue his run and ended the session with a 1:19.563, the sixth fastest time.

The two Mclaren Honda’s managed to reach the top eight with Fernando Alonso leading ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne. The Spaniard had to sit out midway through the session with new parts being added to his Mclaren Honda MCL32 before he set a 1:19.987. Vandoorne managed a 1:20.005, the fastest outside the 1:20 in the session.

Renault Sport rounded up the top ten with Nico Hulkenberg managing a 1:20.150 with team-mate Jolyon Palmer having a dramatic finish to the session after running wide at Turn 4, causing damage to his front wing and causing a right front puncture and bringing out the red flag with seconds before the checkered flag was due to be out.

Felipe Massa ended the session in eleventh but felt uncomfortable with the car set up after number of lock ups during his runs. The Brazilian managed a 1:20.540 and was the quickest out of the Williams Martini Racing cars with Lance Stroll only managing a 1:20.974, over two seconds slower than Ricciardo’s fastest time of the session.

Sahara Force India brought in Mexican reserve driver Alfonso Celis Jr. in for Esteban Ocon for this session and managed to complete a total of 24 laps and set a 1:21.602, the seventeenth fastest time of the session, compared to fellow countryman Sergio Perez who ended the session twelfth overall with a 1:21.574, over a second quicker than Celis Jr. and ahead of both Scuderia Toro Rosso‘s who sit thirteenth with Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz Jr. in fourteenth.

Haas F1 Team endured a torrid session filled with incidents from both cars. Romain Grosjean spun at Turn 9 and hit the wall, damaging the rear end of the car which forced him to sit out most of the session. Ferrari’s reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi replaced Kevin Magnussen for the session but only managed to complete eight laps before losing the rear of the car at Turn 11 and crashing into the wall.

The session was red flagged midway through the session to clear the damage Haas car before given the green flags again with fifty minutes of the session remaining. Grosjean was sixteenth fastest whilst Giovinazzi’s minimal running put the Italian driver in nineteenth with a 1:22.251 on the Soft tyres, splitting the two Sauber F1 Team cars of Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein.

Sauber were off the pace with Ericsson being the fastest out of the two cars with a 1:21.785 compare to Wehrlein’s 1:22.490, around four seconds off Ricciardo’s time.

PosNo.DriverTeamTimeGapLaps
13Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing1:18.48631
27Kimi RaikkonnenScuderia Ferrari1:18.7200.23420
344Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team1:18.8580.37231
433Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing1:19.1620.67627
577Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team1:19.2480.76230
65Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1:19.5631.07721
714Fernando AlonsoMcLaren Honda Formula 1 Team1:19.9871.50121
82Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren Honda Formula 1 Team1:20.0051.51924
927Nico HulkenbergRenault Sport Formula One Team1:20.1501.66425
1030Jolyon PalmerRenault Sport Formula One Team1:20.4611.97527
1119Felipe MassaWilliams Martini Racing1:20.5402.05428
1211Sergio PerezSahara Force India F1 Team1:20.5742.08823
1326Daniil KvyatScuderia Toro Rosso1:20.7802.29427
1455Carlos Sainz JrScuderia Toro Rosso1:20.9172.43125
1518Lance StrollWilliams Martini Racing1:20.9742.48829
168Romain GrosjeanHaas-F1 Team1:21.3132.82720
1734Alfonso CelisSahara Force India F1 Team1:21.6023.11624
189Marcus EricssonSauber F1 Team1:21.7853.29930
1950Antonio GiovinazziHaas-F1 Team1:22.2513.7658
2094Pascal WehrleinSauber F1 Team1:22.4904.00429