Hungarian GP: Ricciardo leads from Vettel in FP1

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Hungarian GP: Ricciardo leads from Vettel in FP1
By: Scott Mitchell
Jul 27, 2018, 10:36 AM

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo was fastest in first practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix after outpacing Sebastian Vettel despite the Ferrari using softer tyres.

Ricciardo jumped to top spot in the final half-hour of the session, using softs to displace the ultrasoft-shod Vettel.

Max Verstappen backed up his pace-setting teammate in third place, less than a tenth behind, as Red Bull eyes one of its best chances to win again this season.

Ricciardo and Verstappen were the first to set a time when they kicked off their early running on medium tyres, but Raikkonen moved into top spot on a 1m18.762s.

That was whittled down by Raikkonen himself, then Valtteri Bottas and Vettel before the halfway point of the session.

Vettel led at that 45-minute mark on a 1m18.218s, with his time set on ultrasofts and Bottas two-tenths slower on softs.

After the mid-session pause, Vettel dipped below the 1m18s-barrier on a 1m17.997s, again using ultrasofts, before championship leader Lewis Hamilton jumped to second with a time less than a tenth slower despite using softs.

Raikkonen then used softs to displace Vettel at the top of the leaderboard on a 1m17.948s, but Vettel – the only frontrunner to lap on ultrasofts – pumped in a 1m17.692s around the hour mark to go fastest again.

Verstappen fell 0.009s short of Vettel, using soft tyres, on his next push lap before Ricciardo jumped both with a 1m17.613s.

That put him 0.079s clear of Vettel, despite a slow first sector, and 0.088s ahead of team-mate Verstappen.

Raikkonen was shuffled to fourth ahead of Hamilton, who endured a scruffy session and missed out on improving in the final half an hour with a lurid slide entering the chicane.

Bottas wound up even further back in the second Mercedes, lapping 0.8s off the pace but also avoiding the ultrasoft compound.

Haas driver Romain Grosjean left it late to steal best of the rest honours, nipping ahead of the Renaults on a 1m18.975s.

Nico Hulkenberg had looked set to earn 'Class B' honours in FP1 but stopped on track exiting Turn 5 an hour into the session.

He still outpaced teammate Carlos Sainz by a tenth, with the second Haas of Kevin Magnussen completing the top 10 – the Dane, along with the two Saubers, trialled a new Ferrari engine, turbocharger and MGU-H.

The first 90-minute session was littered with errors as drivers wrestled with a low-grip track.

As well as Hamilton's troubles, both Sauber drivers endured some difficulties – in particular when Antonio Giovinazzi, driving in place of Charles Leclerc for FP1, locked both front tyres into Turn 1 early on and Marcus Ericsson suffered spins at the final corner and then Turn 4.

Ericsson avoided damage both times but wound up slowest, three seconds off the pace.

ClaDriverChassisEngineLapsTimeGap
1 australia Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull TAG 30 1'17.613  
2 germany Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari Ferrari 24 1'17.692 0.079
3 netherlands Max Verstappen  Red Bull TAG 29 1'17.701 0.088
4 finland Kimi Raikkonen  Ferrari Ferrari 23 1'17.948 0.335
5 united_kingdom Lewis Hamilton  Mercedes Mercedes 28 1'18.036 0.423
6 finland Valtteri Bottas  Mercedes Mercedes 20 1'18.470 0.857
7 france Romain Grosjean  Haas Ferrari 17 1'18.975 1.362
8 germany Nico Hulkenberg  Renault Renault 14 1'19.025 1.412
9 spain Carlos Sainz Jr.  Renault Renault 32 1'19.128 1.515
10 denmark Kevin Magnussen  Haas Ferrari 29 1'19.187 1.574
11 france Pierre Gasly  Toro Rosso Honda 30 1'19.352 1.739
12 spain Fernando Alonso  McLaren Renault 24 1'19.690 2.077
13 new_zealand Brendon Hartley  Toro Rosso Honda 32 1'19.841 2.228
14 canada Lance Stroll  Williams Mercedes 33 1'20.012 2.399
15 france Esteban Ocon  Force India Mercedes 30 1'20.065 2.452
16 belgium Stoffel Vandoorne  McLaren Renault 28 1'20.151 2.538
17 mexico Sergio Perez  Force India Mercedes 27 1'20.159 2.546
18 italy Antonio Giovinazzi  Sauber Ferrari 31 1'20.293 2.680
19 russia Sergey Sirotkin  Williams Mercedes 28 1'20.307 2.694
20 sweden Marcus Ericsson  Sauber Ferrari 12 1'20.697 3.084
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Series Formula 1
Event Hungarian GP
Location Hungaroring
Author Scott Mitchell
Article type Practice report