Hungarian Grand Prix: Red Bull's Ricciardo takes first practice session
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News July 28, 2017 Updated: 9:07 PM
HUNGARORING Mogyoród, Hungary -- Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo topped the time sheet in the first free practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
'The honey badger' set a time of 1:18.486 just 0.234s ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen in second followed by Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton in third.
Fourth went to Ricciardo’s teammate Max Verstappen ahead of Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas in fifth. Raikkonen's teammate Sebastian Vettel took sixth after struggling with his car's setup during the session.
Seventh went to Fernando Alonso in the McLaren while eighth went to teammate Stoffel Vandoorne as the Hungaroring may provide the team a fighting chance this weekend. Renault drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer took ninth and tenth with Palmer triggering a red flag when he ran wide and his front wing clipped the curb, destroying it.
“It wasn’t the end to the day that anyone wanted, however FP1 looked good. Starting the weekend in the top ten was positive, even if I suffered from a damaged front wing and floor after running wide and feeling the consequences of the new kerbs,” said Palmer.
Felipe Massa took 11th followed by Force India’s Sergio Perez in 12th. The Toro Rosso’s of Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat finished 13th and 14th.
Massa’s Williams teammate lance Stroll took 15th. Haas’ Romain Grosjean was another of the many drivers who struggled with grip as his car made contact with the barriers at Turn 12. He finished 16th.
Force India reserve driver Alfonso Celis, who stepped in for Esteban Ocon, finished 17th who said “It’s great to get back in the car after a couple of races because it allows me to really feel the way the car is improving. Even since Austria, the performance keeps getting better.”
Sauber, who start the weekend with their new team principal Frédéric Vasseur, saw Marcus Ericsson finish 18th and Antonio Giovinazzi, who had a chance to get behind the wheel of Kevin Magnussen’s Haas, unfortunately lost the car at turn 12, hitting the barrier, and causing a red flag that ended his day in 19th. Ericsson’s teammate Pascal Wehrlein finished 20th.
“I lost the rear quite aggressively. It snapped on entry into turn 11. There was nothing I could do, to be honest. We’re checking to see what happened,” said Giovinazzi.