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Ricciardo Beats Mercedes And Ferrari Setting Fastest Time In Hungarian GP

Ricciardo Beats Mercedes And Ferrari Setting Fastest Time In Hungarian GP
28/7/2017


Daniel Riccardo sets the pace in the FP1 ahead of the Hungarian GP set to take place this weekend.
Riccardo had a time 1:18.486, which now becomes the new lab record for the Current layout of the Hungarian GP. The Red Bull Driver outpaced Championship leaders Ferrari and Mercedes leading them with 0.234s and 0.138s respectively.

Lewis Hamilton was the leader in the practice till Riccardo outpaced him in the low-fuel super-soft tyre lap and 0.390s faster than Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in fourth. Red Bull had a good pace which is backed up by an advantage of roughly 0.5s over a small sample of long run laps at the end of the session.

Max Verstappen was fifth fastest in the second Red Bull and finished the session 0.849s off teammate Ricciardo's pace. he was still quicker than championship leader Sebastian Vettel, who appeared to be struggling with the balance of his Ferrari and had to settle for sixth. However, Vettel's in lap at the end of his low fuel runs suggests there is plenty more time to be found from his Ferrari after he set personal bests in sectors one and two.

McLaren-Honda received a welcome confidence boost after Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne finished the session seventh and eighth. The team is expecting to be competitive this weekend on a track that is not as power sensitive as the last four venues, and with times quicker than rivals Renault, Williams, Force India and Toro Rosso the early signs are good.

Renault finished the session ninth and tenth, but only after a red flag in the final minute caused by Jolyon Palmer running wide and decimating his front wing as he returned to the track. Palmer, who is under pressure to score his first points of the season this weekend, ran wide at Turn 4 and as he rejoined over the grass his front wing snagged on the surface change and ripped the whole assembly clean off his car.
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