FP1: Verstappen bounces back with a P1 in Hungary

FP1: Verstappen bounces back with a P1 in Hungary


Max Verstappen bounced back from his heavy Silverstone shunt with a P1 to start the Hungarian GP weekend, while Yuki Tsunoda brought out the red flags.

The Red Bull driver put in a 1:17.555 to pip Valtteri Bottas by 0.061s, his Honda engine showing no signs of ill-effect after being involved in that heavy crash two weeks prior.

Soft tyres and hot temperatures, on the track and potentially in at least two of the cars, set the scene for Friday’s first practice for the Hungarian GP, a session in which Red Bull and Honda decided to run Verstappen’s Silverstone engine. Honda saying they are as sure as they can be that it is fine despite being involved in that heavy crash.

Verstappen set the early P1, 1:19.7, while Bottas reported that his brake pedal was “terribly soft”. After 10 minutes Lewis Hamilton sat P2 ahead of Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz.

Verstappen and his Honda engine continued laying down the laps, the Dutchman down to a 1:19.025 after nine laps. Bottas improved to second, 0.7s off the pace.

Swapping to the soft tyres, the Finnish driver pumped in a 1:17.616 after going purple in all three sectors. Hamilton, doing a very slow final sector on his out-lap, responded with a 1:17.996. The Brit asked Mercedes for more wing.

There were a few incidents in the first half of the session with Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez the testing the run off areas. Fernando Alonso and Yuki Tsunoda both spun, and Carlos Sainz and Lance Stroll got a little too close for the Aston Martin driver’s comfort.

?Lance Stroll, Carlos Sainz'ın kendisine atak yapmasına sinirlendi.#HungarianGP | #F1 pic.twitter.com/FXvL2hMDrP

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As more drivers swapped to the soft tyres in the second half of the session, Pierre Gasly was up to third, the Frenchman complaining about his headrest and not being able to turn his head as needed.

Lando Norris wasn’t able to follow him up, the McLaren driver only improving as high as sixth place as, running an updated bargeboard and floor, he was a full second down on Bottas’ P1 time.

While fans waited to see Red Bull come out on the soft tyres, Hamilton did another run to close the gap to Bottas to just a tenth. Sainz was up to third ahead of Gasly, Fernando Alonso and Leclerc.

And then out came the red flags. Tsunoda lost it for the second time on Friday, this time losing the rear end of his AlphaTauri into Turn 4 and rear-ending the barrier.

Yuki Tsunoda is off at Turn 4, and he crashes backwards into the wall

The session has been red flagged so that his car can be recovered and the barriers can be repaired#HungarianGP ?? #F1 pic.twitter.com/u5KvDd7DWi

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The damaged car was quickly removed by the marshals and the session resumed with Verstappen heading out on a shinning new set of soft tyres. Red Bull releasing the Dutchman as Mercedes let Hamilton go.

Verstappen, with the track temperature up to 58’C, put in a 1:17.555 to edge Bottas by 0.061s. Hamilton was third, a further tenth off the pace.


1Max VerstappenRed Bull1:17.55521 laps
2Valtteri BottasMercedes0.061s25 laps
3Lewis HamiltonMercedes0.167s23 laps
4Carlos SainzFerrari0.560s23 laps
5Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri0.626s27 laps
6Fernando AlonsoAlpine0.830s25 laps
7Charles LeclercFerrari0.836s22 laps
8Sergio PerezRed Bull0.911s19 laps
9Lando NorrisMcLaren1.094s25 laps
10Lance StrollAston Martin1.200s24 laps
11Esteban OconAlpine1.210s25 laps
12Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri1.215s18 laps
13Sebastian VettelAston Martin1.434s20 laps
14Daniel RicciardoMcLaren1.710s26 laps
15George RussellWilliams2.169s23 laps
16Nicholas LatifiWilliams2.269s23 laps
17Mick SchumacherHaas2.828s25 laps
18Robert KubicaAlfa Romeo Racing3.084s22 laps
19Nikita MazepinHaas3.437s21 laps
20Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing4.334s5 laps

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