Spaniard Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) dominated this Friday in the first free practice of the Hungarian Grand Prix, the thirteenth Formula One World Championship held on the Hungaroring circuit on the outskirts of Budapest; his fellow countryman, double world champion Fernando Alonso (Alp), who turned 41, finished tenth and Mexican Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) came in sixth.
In the best of his 26 laps, Sainz finished the Hungarian track of 4,381 meters in one minute, 18 seconds and 750 thousandths, 130 behind the Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull), the outstanding leader of the World Championship with 233 points, 63 points. more than Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), who set the session for the third time on soft rubber like the previous ones.
Sainz, who finished fourth in the World Championship, 89 points behind Verstappen- who won his first F1 victory by winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone (England) at the beginning of the month, was the fastest in a session without any notable incidents. and resulted in 33 degrees Celsius and 52 degrees Celsius on asphalt. The talented driver from Madrid made 26 laps – the same as Leclerc and two more than ‘Mad Max’ – and set the test best time about ten minutes before the end of the test.
Alonso is in excellent form despite being the oldest on the grid, celebrating his birthday on the track in 2003, where he celebrated the first of his 32 first-class victories. The double Asturian world champion repeated the layout of the Hungarian circuit 27 times and was one second and six-tenths behind his compatriot’s time on his best attempt.
‘Checo’, who finished third 70 points behind Verstappen in the World Cup, scored the sixth goal of the session. The driver from Guadalajara (Jalisco) turned 24 times and on his good attempt stopped the clock at 1:19.622. 872 thousandths of Sainz’s time. In a test where everyone did their fastest lap on soft dough.
Announcing his retirement from F1 at the end of the season on Thursday, four German world champion Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) finished Ferrari for the eleventh time, one second and 633 thousandth behind the Spaniard.
Polish Robert Kubica took the helm of Alfa Romeo from Finn Valtteri Bottas, taking part in the first practice of the last race before the holiday break. The Krakow driver finished for the nineteenth time, two seconds and four-tenths behind Sainz.
The second free practice for the final race before the holiday break will begin at 5 p.m. (15:00 GMT).
– Timeline of the first free practice for the Hungarian GP:
.one. Carlos Sainz ESP Ferrari 1:18,750
.two. Max Verstappen at NED Red Bull 0.130
.3. Charles Leclerc MON Ferrari 0.289
.4. Lando Norris GBR McLaren 0.549
.5. George Russell GBR Mercedes 0.856
.6. Sergio Perez MEX Red Bull 0.872
.7. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes 0.960
.8. Daniel Ricciardo AUS McLaren 1.091
.9. Esteban Ocon FRA Alpine 1.598
10. Fernando Alonso ESP Alpine 1.627
11. Sebastian Vettel GER Aston Martin 1.633
12. Lance Navigation CAN Aston Martin 1,664
13. Pierre Gasly FRA Alpha Tauri 1706
14. Yuki Tsunoda JPN Alpha Tauri 1945
15. Zhou Guanyu CHN Alfa Romeo 2.060
16. Alexander Albon THA Williams 2.084
17. Kevin Magnussen DIN Haas 2.171
18. Mick Schumacher GER 2,277
19. Robert Kubica POL Alfa Romeo 2,429
20. Nicholas Latifi CAN Williams 2,663
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