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Leclerc dominates the first day in Hungary

Follow the 3rd free practice session of the Hungarian F1 GP from 7 a.m. on Saturday morning in our multiplex environment.

HUNGARY – “I think the Ferraris are going to be very strong here”: on the first day of practice for the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix, Max Verstappen was not mistaken since the Scuderia dominated the competition on Friday, ahead of Red Bull in withdrawal.

For the first day on the Hungaroring circuit, a few kilometers from Budapest, the best time went to Monegasque Charles Leclerc in 1 min 18 sec 445/1000, 217/1000th ahead of the McLaren of Briton Lando Norris.

He is also ahead of his teammate at Ferrari, the Spaniard Carlos Sainz, who was third on Friday evening and who had first secured the best time in free practice 1 earlier in the day.

The Monegasque mainly kept the Red Bulls at a distance, starting with that of the Dutchman Max Verstappen, solid leader in the championship in front of him, 4th in time on Friday evening.

If, for this second practice session, only 52/1000th separate the reigning world champion from Sainz, the Batavian finds himself relegated to 283/1000th from Monegasque.

“As expected, it was a bit difficult here today […] I think the Ferraris will be ahead of us this weekend and it will be difficult to beat them. We will work hard tonight and try to close this gap as much as possible,” said Verstappen.

His Mexican teammate Sergio Pérez – who could snatch second place in the championship from Leclerc on Sunday – set a modest 9th time in free practice 2.

“We tried different things to feel comfortable with the car today and I think we have a clear idea and understanding of what’s going on,” he explained.

Rain expected for qualifying

The German Sebastian Vettel, who, at 35, announced Thursday to retire at the end of this season, took the 7th time of the session, behind another veteran of the discipline, the Spaniard Fernando Alonso, 41 years this Friday.

Under a heat (more than 30 degrees Friday) which in no way foreshadows the weather conditions of the weekend, with rain expected on Saturday for qualifying – before an a priori dry Sunday for the race – Mercedes appears once again in suffering with George Russell only 8th, and Lewis Hamilton, modest 11th at the end of the day.

“The car was a bit difficult today”, reacted Hamilton, “it’s crazy how it oscillates from one circuit to another”. And for good reason, with the same single-seater, the Briton, who holds the record for victories at the Hungaroring, finished second at the French GP last weekend, ahead of his teammate.

After the third hour of testing, from 7 a.m. on Saturday, it will be necessary to wait for qualifying at 10 a.m. to see the forces present on the Hungaroring, a short and tortuous circuit… not conducive to overtaking. Hence the need to secure the leading position.

Second free practice session:

Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari) 1:18.445

Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren-Mercedes) 1:18.662

Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Ferrari) 1:18.676

Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull) 1:18.728

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/McLaren-Mercedes) 1:18.872

Fernando Alonso (ESP/Alpine-Renault) 1:19.049

Sebastian Vettel (GER/Aston Martin-Mercedes) 1:19.253

George Russell (GBR/Mercedes) 1:19.355

Sergio Perez (MEX/Red Bull) 1:19.397

Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Alfa Romeo) 1:19.411

Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 1:19.547

Zhou Guanyu (CHN/Alfa Romeo) 1:19.605

Esteban Ocon (FRA/Alpine-Renault) 1:19.614

Lance Stroll (CAN/Aston Martin-Mercedes) 1:19.702

Pierre Gasly (FRA/AlphaTauri-Red Bull) 1:19.730

Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Haas-Ferrari) 1:19.818

Mick Schumacher (GER/Haas-Ferrari) 1:19.985

Nicholas Latifi (CAN/Williams-Mercedes) 1:20.488

Yuki Tsunoda (JPN/AlphaTauri-Red Bull) 1:20.521

Alexander Albon (THA/Williams-Mercedes) 1:20.615

First free practice session:

Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Ferrari) 1:18.750 (25 laps)

Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull) 1:18.880 (23)

Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari) 1:19.039 (25)

Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren-Mercedes) 1:19.299 (20)

George Russell (GBR/Mercedes) 1:19.606 (27)

Sergio Perez (MEX/Red Bull) 1:19.622 (23)

Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 1:19.710 (24)

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/McLaren-Mercedes) 1:19.841 (27)

Esteban Ocon (FRA/Alpine-Renault) 1:20.348 (29)

Fernando Alonso (ESP/Alpine-Renault) 1:20.377 (26)

Sebastian Vettel (GER/Aston Martin-Mercedes) 1:20.383 (25)

Lance Stroll (CAN/Aston Martin-Mercedes) 1:20.427 (24)

Pierre Gasly (FRA/AlphaTauri-Red Bull) 1:20.456 (27)

Yuki Tsunoda (JPN/AlphaTauri-Red Bull) 1:20.695 (26)

Zhou Guanyu (CHN/Alfa Romeo) 1:20.810 (22)

Alexander Albon (THA/Williams-Mercedes) 1:20.834 (27)

Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Haas-Ferrari) 1:20.921 (23)

Mick Schumacher (GER/Haas-Ferrari) 1:21.027 (24)

Robert Kubica (POL/Alfa Romeo) 1:21.179 (19)

Nicholas Latifi (CAN/Williams-Mercedes) 1:21.413 (26)

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