Daniel Ricciardo on top in first Hungarian Grand Prix Practice
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News July 27, 2018 Updated: 10:04 AM PT
BUDAPEST, Hungary — Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo finished at the top of the timesheet ahead of this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.
After avoiding penalties from his retirement in Germany last week, Ricciardo kicks things off for the team who are hoping to take advantage of the less power sensitive track.
“I feel I can still improve my lap time, but so far it was a good start,” said Ricciardo.
The weekend starts on a somber note for Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari following the passing of CEO and Chairman Sergio Marchionni Wednesday.
Sebastian Vettel finished 0.079s in second after running into traffic during his fast lap on the ultra soft tire. Vettel is hoping to bounce back after losing his home race at last weekend's German Grand Prix.
Ricciardo’s teammate Max Verstappen finished 0.009s behind Vettel in third followed by Kimi Raikkonen, who finished fourth, in the second Ferrari.
After his massive win in Germany last week, Lewis Hamilton started the opening practice finishing 0.423s behind Ricciardo on the soft tire in fifth as the reigning world champion struggled with tire temperatures of the Hungaroring nearly losing his car at Turn 6 and 7 before regaining control of his car.
“This is a tricky circuit and the tires are overheating; looking after the rear tires is the biggest issue,” said Hamilton.
Teammate Valtteri Bottas also struggled to put laps together suffering two big lockups during the session. He went to finish the morning in sixth. Haas’ Romain Grosjean finished seventh with Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg in eighth after the German driver encountered a power unit issue that forced him to retire from the session.
Carlos Sainz finished ninth in the second Renault followed by Grojean’s teammate Kevin Magnussen in tenth.
Outside the top ten, Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly finished 11th with Fernando Alonso splitting the Toro Rosso’s in 12th and Brendon Hartley finishing 13th.
Williams driver Lance Stroll took 14th ahead of force India’s Esteban Ocon in 15th with Stoffel Vandoorne 0.461s behind teammate Fernando Alonso in 16th.
Sergio Perez finished the morning session in 17th and was 0.094s behind his teammate Ocon in the second Force India.
Sauber reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi filled in for Charles Leclerc finishing 18th with Leclerc set to take over in the afternoon. Sergey Sirotkin finished 19th in the second Williams ahead of Marcus Ericsson who suffered two spins and ended the morning 20th.