Charles Leclerc led the first day of testing at the Hungaroring for Ferrari in very hot conditions, lapping one-and-a-half seconds off last weekend’s pole position time.
A quickest time of 1’17.746 in the closing minutes of the test put the Ferrari driver on top as temperatures reached a scorching 38C at the track. Leclerc took the top spot away from Stoffel Vandoorne, who ended up second quickest for McLaren.
Valtteri Bottas completed a mammoth programme of tyre testing for Pirelli. He logged 155 laps in the W08, equivalent to more than two 70-lap grand prix distances.
GP3 points leader George Russell made his official F1 test debut in the other W08 and also covered over 100 laps.
Renault’s Nicholas Latifi was limited to 54 laps due to a mid-session engine change. Toro Rosso driver Sean Gelael also lost time due to an oil leak on his STR12.
The test will conclude tomorrow and include Robert Kubica making his return in a current-specification Formula One car with Renault.
|Pos.||Car number||Driver||Team||Model||Best time||Gap||Laps|
|6||34||Nikita Mazepin||Force India||VJM10||1’19.910||2.164||52|
|8||38||Sean Gelael||Toro Rosso||STR12||1’20.341||2.595||101|
|9||35||Lucas Auer||Force India||VJM10||1’20.563||2.817||54|
|11||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||RB13||1’21.228||3.482||58|
2017 F1 season
- Stripping Verstappen of 2017 US podium was “one of the toughest decisions” – steward
- Sepang pays Haas compensation for Grosjean’s 2017 crash
- Williams revenues rose in 2017 after Bottas deal with Mercedes
- New kerbs at COTA in response to Verstappen’s corner-cutting
- Australian Grand Prix cost government £56 million last year