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Hungarian GP: Ricciardo leads Raikkonen in FP1

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Hungarian GP: Ricciardo leads Raikkonen in FP1
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Jul 28, 2017, 9:40 AM

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo set the pace to lead the way in opening practice for Formula 1's Hungarian Grand Prix, with three different teams occupying the top three places.

 Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG F1 W08
 Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF70H
 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W08
 Felipe Massa, Williams FW40
 Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13
 Nico Hulkenberg, Renault Sport F1 Team RS17
 Alfonso Celis Jr, Sahara Force India F1 VJM10
 Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB13
Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren MCL32
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes-Benz F1 W08
Marcus Ericsson, Sauber C36

The Red Bull driver clocked a 1m18.486s on the supersoft Pirelli tyres, the time just 0.05 seconds slower than the fastest ever lap of the Hungaroring in an F1 car, set by Rubens Barrichello in 2004.

The Australian, running in an updated Red Bull, finished 0.234s seconds ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, with Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes just over a tenth further back in third.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel struggled with oversteer in a scrappy session and ended up sixth quickest, one second adrift of Ricciardo.

It was Valtteri Bottas who set the early pace, the Finn clocking a 1m19.451s on the supersofts before making a series of improvements to drop down into the low 1m19s.

Teammate Hamilton then became the first man into the 1m18s, only to be usurped by Ricciardo, who pumped in a series of quick laps to sweep to the top of the times.

Attention then turned to gathering long-run data, particularly on the supersoft tyre, at the Hungaroring.

Bottas was fourth quickest, ahead of Max Verstappen, with McLaren getting both cars into the top 10 as Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne finished seventh and eighth respectively.

Renault's Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer were separated by three tenths of a second as they completed the top 10.

Palmer brought an early end to the session when he ran wide at Turn 4, driving over the exit kerb, which shattered his front wing, caused a puncture and scattered debris across the track.

The Briton tried to recover to the pits, but was ultimately forced to stop the car at the side of the circuit.

Felipe Massa was the leading Williams in 11th, four tenths quicker than teammate Lance Stroll, and just a fraction ahead of Force India's Sergio Perez.

It was a frustrating morning for Haas, with Antonio Giovinazzi - in for Kevin Magnussen for FP1 - bringing out the red flag when he lost the rear at Turn 11 and ended up in the barriers.

Earlier in the session, Romain Grosjean also ran of track, sliding gingerly into the tyre barrier and damaging the rear wing.

The Franco Swiss driver spent most of the session in the garage but managed a flurry of laps in the closing stages and ended up 16th fastest.

ClaDriverChassisEngineLapsTimeGap
1 australia Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull TAG 31 1'18.486  
2 finland Kimi Raikkonen  Ferrari Ferrari 20 1'18.720 0.234
3 united_kingdom Lewis Hamilton  Mercedes Mercedes 31 1'18.858 0.372
4 netherlands Max Verstappen  Red Bull TAG 27 1'19.162 0.676
5 finland Valtteri Bottas  Mercedes Mercedes 30 1'19.248 0.762
6 germany Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari Ferrari 21 1'19.563 1.077
7 spain Fernando Alonso  McLaren Honda 21 1'19.987 1.501
8 belgium Stoffel Vandoorne  McLaren Honda 24 1'20.005 1.519
9 germany Nico Hulkenberg  Renault Renault 25 1'20.150 1.664
10 united_kingdom Jolyon Palmer  Renault Renault 27 1'20.461 1.975
11 brazil Felipe Massa  Williams Mercedes 28 1'20.540 2.054
12 mexico Sergio Perez  Force India Mercedes 23 1'20.574 2.088
13 russia Daniil Kvyat  Toro Rosso Renault 27 1'20.780 2.294
14 spain Carlos Sainz Jr.  Toro Rosso Renault 25 1'20.917 2.431
15 canada Lance Stroll  Williams Mercedes 29 1'20.974 2.488
16 france Romain Grosjean  Haas Ferrari 20 1'21.313 2.827
17 mexico Alfonso Celis Jr.  Force India Mercedes 24 1'21.602 3.116
18 sweden Marcus Ericsson  Sauber Ferrari 31 1'21.785 3.299
19 italy Antonio Giovinazzi  Haas Ferrari 8 1'22.251 3.765
20 germany Pascal Wehrlein  Sauber Ferrari 29 1'22.490 4.004
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Series Formula 1
Event Hungarian GP
Sub-event Friday practice 1
Location Hungaroring
Author Lawrence Barretto