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Everything that happened in Hungarian Grand Prix FP1

Jul 30 2021
By Valentin Khorounzhiy

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen led the Mercedes duo in the opening Friday practice session of Formula 1’s Hungarian Grand Prix weekend.

Key moments:

– Verstappen leads Bottas by 0.016s

– Perez only eighth

– Spin for Alonso, spin and crash for Tsunoda

After Verstappen headed Valtteri Bottas by seven tenths in the opening hard-tyre runs, Mercedes was among the first teams to switch tyres during the session – with Bottas and Lewis Hamilton duly taking over in first and second place on softs right before the halfway mark.

Verstappen, however, continued for longer on the used hard rubber, and only swapped after the red flag, which had been caused by the junior AlphaTauri team’s rookie Yuki Tsunoda.

On a soft-tyre push lap, Tsunoda spun going through the fast Turn 4 left-hander and his AT02 went rear-first into the barriers, necessitating a five-minute stoppage. The Japanese driver had also spun at the Turn 9 right-hander earlier in FP1, escaping damage on that occasion.

Once the red flag was cleared, Verstappen emerged on softs and went 0.061s quicker than Bottas despite trailing the Finn over the opening two sectors. With the Mercedes pair already on long runs, that ensured the Dutchman would finish FP1 in the top spot.

Hamilton ended the session a tenth behind Bottas, having trailed by four tenths after his initial soft-tyre attempt but improving with a second go.

Carlos Sainz was best of the rest in fourth for Ferrari, he and team-mate Charles Leclerc in seventh split by AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly and Alpine’s Fernando Alonso – who’d had a spin on exit of the same corner where Tsunoda would later crash.

Sergio Perez looked around a second off Red Bull team-mate Verstappen from run to run, and ended the session nine tenths off the pace in eighth, with Lando Norris and Lance Stroll behind him as the sole McLaren and sole Aston Martin in the top 10 respectively.

Every driver besides Tsunoda and Antonio Giovinazzi managed 20 laps or more, and even Tsunoda himself got as many as 18 on the board before the crash. Giovinazzi, however, was limited to just five laps and ended up last in the order, two places behind reserve driver Robert Kubica, who replaced Kimi Raikkonen in FP1.

Practice 1 Results

Pos Name Car Best Time Gap Leader
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1m17.555s
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m17.616s +0.061s
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m17.722s +0.167s
4 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1m18.115s +0.56s
5 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 1m18.181s +0.626s
6 Fernando Alonso Alpine-Renault 1m18.385s +0.83s
7 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m18.391s +0.836s
8 Sergio Pérez Red Bull-Honda 1m18.466s +0.911s
9 Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 1m18.649s +1.094s
10 Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes 1m18.755s +1.2s
11 Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 1m18.765s +1.21s
12 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Honda 1m18.77s +1.215s
13 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin-Mercedes 1m18.989s +1.434s
14 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren-Mercedes 1m19.265s +1.71s
15 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1m19.724s +2.169s
16 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1m19.824s +2.269s
17 Mick Schumacher Haas-Ferrari 1m20.383s +2.828s
18 Robert Kubica Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m20.639s +3.084s
19 Nikita Mazepin Haas-Ferrari 1m20.992s +3.437s
20 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m21.889s +4.334s

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