Hungaroring FP1: Same old story as Mercedes set the pace

Lewis Hamilton set the early pace in Budapest

Lewis Hamilton set the early pace in Budapest

Lewis Hamilton started his Hungarian Grand Prix weekend as he means to continue, with the fastest lap in Friday’s First Free Practice and championship-leading Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg behind him.

The winner of the last two Hungarian Grands Prix lapped the Hungaroring circuit outside Budapest with a best time of one minute, 25.814 seconds.

Rosberg was second fastest, 0.183 slower than the 2008 champion, on a hot morning, with track temperatures rising to around 48 degrees Celsius.

Ferrari‘s Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso were the closest to the dominant duo, who have won nine out of 10 races so far between them. The Spaniard and the Finn claimed third and fourth respectively on the timesheets.

Kimi Raikkonen was third fastest in FP1

Kimi Raikkonen was third fastest in FP1

Red Bull‘s quadruple champion Sebastian Vettel, who has never won in Hungary, was fifth fastest, ahead of Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen for McLaren.

Hamilton is 14 points adrift of Rosberg, despite having won five races to the German’s four, but has a far better record in Hungary.

The Briton has won here four times there in total, a record he shares with Germany’s now retired Michael Schumacher, whereas Rosberg has yet to stand on the Hungaroring podium.

Raikkonen also has a great record at the track, which is almost a home race for Finnish drivers, with victory for McLaren in 2005 and second place in the last two years with Lotus.

Sebastian Vettel fastest of the Renault powered brigade

Sebastian Vettel fastest of the Renault powered brigade

The Finn needs a good result this weekend after being eclipsed by Alonso so far this season.Raikkonen is the only driver on the grid who has yet to beat his teammate this year.

The session opened with Max Chilton’s Marussia on fire in the pits, with the flames quickly extinguished, after oil leaked onto the exhaust. (Reuters)

Hungarian Grand Prix, Free Practice 1 – Friday, 25 July 2014
Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:25.814 27
2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:25.997 0.183 31
3 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:26.421 0.607 29
4 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:26.872 1.058 23
5 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:27.220 1.406 28
6 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.357 1.543 28
7 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 1:27.683 1.869 30
8 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:27.782 1.968 16
9 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.804 1.990 27
10 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:27.960 2.146 24
11 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:27.967 2.153 25
12 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:28.101 2.287 28
13 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 1:28.208 2.394 32
14 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:28.266 2.452 28
15 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:28.330 2.516 21
16 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:28.376 2.562 24
17 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:28.593 2.779 24
18 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:29.025 3.211 23
19 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:30.363 4.549 30
20 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:30.892 5.078 24
21 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:31.004 5.190 5
22 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:31.248 5.434 20