2022 Hungarian Grand Prix report and highlights FP1: Sainz leads Verstappen in the opening session of the Hungarian Grand Prix

2022 Hungarian Grand Prix report and highlights FP1: Sainz leads Verstappen in the opening session of the Hungarian Grand Prix

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz set the standard early by beating championship leader Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc with the fastest time in the opening practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Spaniard clocked 1m18.750s and finished 0.130s ahead of Verstappen after sailing to the front after being fastest of all in the last two sectors, while Leclerc was just a tenth of a second further in third place.

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McLaren driver Lando Norris left late to screw on the soft tires and jumped into fourth place, 0.5s off the pace at the Hungaroring, the venue for the last F1 race before the summer break – with team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, the eighth half a second behind was the stronger of the two on the media.

The leading Mercedes was George Russell in fifth ahead of Sergio Perez – who heard repeated sneezes on the team radio and said he had “a little allergy in that area”. However, the Mexican has more pace as he set the fastest opening sector before edging the lap on the softs.

1


Carlos
Sainz
SAI
Ferrari

1:18,750

2


Max
Verstappen
VER
Red Bull race

+0.130s

3


Karl
Leclerc
LEC
Ferrari

+0.289s

4


Lando
Norris
STILL
McLaren

+0.549s

5


George
russell
RUS
Mercedes

+0.856s

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton was seventh, while alpine duo Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso completed the top 10.

Sebastian Vettel, who announced on Thursday he will be retiring from Formula One at the end of the year, finished 11th, a fraction ahead of teammate Lance Stroll as Aston Martin spent much of the session driving the more durable compounds before he later focused on the soft.

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Pierre Gasly beat his AlphaTauri teammate Yuki Tsunoda to 13th, while Zhou Guanyu took the old-fashioned Alfa Romeo to 15th. His teammate Valtteri Bottas has the new floor this weekend, Zhou gets it for Spa but he has to wait until FP2 to test it as it was reserve rider Robert Kubica who got the first taste, the pole finished 19th.

FP1 Highlights: 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix

Alex Albon placed his Williams in 16th ahead of Kevin Magnussen driving the much-improved Haas, the American team bringing an update package to the track for the first time this season.

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Mick Schumacher will get the Haas update for Spa – and finished FP1 in 18th place, with Nicholas Latifi’s Williams propping up the timesheets.

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