Mercedes had to settle for third-fastest time as practice began for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Daniel Ricciardo got within five-thousandths of a second of the 13-year-old track record at the Hungaroring as he headed the first 90 minutes of running. With track temperatures nudging towards 30C, Ricciardo set a best time of 1’18.486 on the super-soft compounds.
That dislodged the previous best time of the session which had been set by Lewis Hamilton. Before the session was over Kimi Raikkonen had also beat the Mercedes driver’s time, ending the session second overall.
McLaren were emphatically the ‘best of the rest’, Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne setting the seventh and eighth-quickest times. The latter spun at turn two early in the session after a suspected engine problem. The Renault pair completed the top ten.
Low-grip conditions at the Hungaroring caught several drivers out including the Haas pair. Romain Grosjean made light contact with the barrier and was able to resume work later in the session.
But test driver Antonio Giovinazzi, in his second appearance for the team, made more substantial contact with the barrier. He ripped the front-left wheel off Kevin Magnussen’s car and the session was briefly stopped so the VF-17 could be recovered.
The red flags flew again at the end of the session when Jolyon Palmer damaged his Renault at turn four. He ripped the front wing off his car and came to a stop to avoid causing more damage.
|1||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull-TAG Heuer||1’18.486||31|
|4||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull-TAG Heuer||1’19.162||0.676||27|
|12||11||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||1’20.574||2.088||23|
|13||26||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso-Renault||1’20.780||2.294||27|
|14||55||Carlos Sainz Jnr||Toro Rosso-Renault||1’20.917||2.431||25|
|17||34||Alfonso Celis||Force India-Mercedes||1’21.602||3.116||24|
First practice visual gaps
Daniel Ricciardo – 1’18.486
+0.234 Kimi Raikkonen – 1’18.720
+0.372 Lewis Hamilton – 1’18.858
+0.676 Max Verstappen – 1’19.162
+0.762 Valtteri Bottas – 1’19.248
+1.077 Sebastian Vettel – 1’19.563
+1.501 Fernando Alonso – 1’19.987
+1.519 Stoffel Vandoorne – 1’20.005
+1.664 Nico Hulkenberg – 1’20.150
+1.975 Jolyon Palmer – 1’20.461
+2.054 Felipe Massa – 1’20.540
+2.088 Sergio Perez – 1’20.574
+2.294 Daniil Kvyat – 1’20.780
+2.431 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’20.917
+2.488 Lance Stroll – 1’20.974
+2.827 Romain Grosjean – 1’21.313
+3.116 Alfonso Celis – 1’21.602
+3.299 Marcus Ericsson – 1’21.785
+3.765 Antonio Giovinazzi – 1’22.251
+4.004 Pascal Wehrlein – 1’22.490
Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.
Best time by tyre
|Driver||Team||Best super-soft time||Super-soft gap||Best soft time||Soft gap||Best medium time||Medium gap|
|Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||1’18.486||1’19.920||None|
|Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1’19.162||0.676||None||1’30.378|
|Sergio Perez||Force India||1’20.574||2.088||None||None|
|Alfonso Celis||Force India||1’21.602||3.116||None||None|
|Carlos Sainz Jnr||Toro Rosso||1’20.917||2.431||1’22.516||2.596||3’59.096||148.718|
|Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||1’20.780||2.294||1’22.187||2.267||2’03.578||33.2|
2017 Hungarian Grand Prix
- Vettel: No need for team orders at Ferrari yet
- 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix team radio transcript
- Alonso is eighth different Driver of the Weekend winner so far
- Dull Hungarian GP still gets better rating than last year
- Hamilton ‘paid it forward’ to his team mate but could Vettel do the same?
24 comments on “Red Bull lead Ferrari in first practice”
28th July 2017, 10:25
Be nice to see the bull win this gp just on pace
28th July 2017, 12:59
They have not won on pace since 2013. All wins since have been as a result of issues for faster cars.
Lewis McMurray (@celicadion23)
28th July 2017, 14:43
Which makes Monaco 2016 even more heartbreaking; had Ricciardo won it would have been on genuine merit
28th July 2017, 15:21
Oh man no one can forget that, still disappointed about it even today. @celicadion23
28th July 2017, 10:30
I think Antonio deserves another chance..
28th July 2017, 10:46
After another crash, I fear he is a Haas been.
28th July 2017, 10:47
Well, apart from a great weekend at Australia he has crashed quite a few times now… But who knows, maybe next year Sauber will run two Ferrari jr’s in Giovinazzi and Leclerc?
28th July 2017, 11:13
Weren’t they going to use Honda for next year? Not that it would matters for using other teams junior drivers, as they are using Mercedes junior driver now with Ferrari engines. But I would imagine that they as independent team, they would want driver with at least one experienced race driver.
28th July 2017, 11:32
Just been confirmed that Sauber will be using up to date Ferrari engines for next season.
28th July 2017, 11:52
Their new teamboss (Frederique Vasseur) came in 2 weeks ago in place of Kaltenborn (who had signed the deal with Honda) and he didn’t want to have Honda so he terminated that contract this week and signed an extension with Ferrari
28th July 2017, 13:14
Ahh, just saw the article. So they carry on with Ferrari. Your point have then more merit, maybe they have some Ferrari junior drive deal included to contract.
28th July 2017, 10:39
Raikkonen should win this race man..I hope:p
Michael Brown (@)
28th July 2017, 13:27
Been too long since his last win
28th July 2017, 18:33
Don’t have to tell me again…
28th July 2017, 10:47
Nice to see RedBull on top and also McLaren right behind the top 6! Hope it’s legitimate in both cases.
28th July 2017, 10:50
yeah, thats a nice surprise for McHonda
hope they can sustain it thru to the race !
28th July 2017, 10:49
I wonder if Lewis and Kimi also set their times on the super soft tyre. It should be a cracking quail for tomorrow, I wouldn’t be surprised if the top 3 on the grid are from 3 different teams. I’m hoping Max finally has a clean weekend as well.
Looks like Mclaren’s risk of changing Alonso’s engine in Britain for Hungary is going to pay off (if it doesn’t retire sometime later in the race weekend of course).
For all the people who are saying that Honda isn’t solely to blame for McLaren Honda’s poor performance really need to take a look at their performance in chassis dependant circuits. On power circuits McLaren Honda are usually 2nd to last and on chassis circuits they are generally the 4th quickest.
Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine)
28th July 2017, 11:35
@todfod They did – have updated the article with the list of best times by tyre.
28th July 2017, 11:54
@keithcollantine Could you do that sepperately perhaps?
What I mean is one regular timing sheet with the fastest laptimes and tire they are set on and then a second grahp with fastest laptimes per compound.
28th July 2017, 13:01
@todfod I think indeed McLaren their chassis is at the top half of the field, however that would be expected. They have not suddenly lost all knowledge on how to build a car, they still have way more resources than Force India or Williams. However, I don’t think it’s that black and white in saying it is good. The engine under delivers meaning they’re not taking corners at ‘normal’ speeds either.
28th July 2017, 11:01
I won’t get my hopes up too high, but it’s great to see all three teams up there with a shout at a win this weekend.
Mclaren certainly showing that their chassis is in a good place, and Renault proving that Silverstone wasn’t a fluke either.
Ricciardo seems to have an affinity with this track too, would be great to see him take another victory here.
28th July 2017, 12:25
20 years ago but for his Judd to fail on the last lap. Would that we have such a surprise this weekend (minus the engine failure of course)!
28th July 2017, 14:19
It was a Yamaha, not a Judd but I would love to see a repeat of that with Alonso as Hill!
28th July 2017, 14:57
Sorry Matthijs, it was a Judd engine even if it was labelled Yamaha OX11D, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judd_%28engine%29
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