LUCKY TO BE ALIVE: Force India's Sergio Perez (left, green helmet) stands next to his overturned car during the first practice session for the 2015 Hungarian GP in Budapest. Image: AP / Zsolt Czegledi
BUDAPEST, Hungary - Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time during a crash-filled first practice session ahead of the 2015 Hungarian GP.
Hamilton set a time of 1min25.141 ahead of team mate Nico Rosberg (1min25.250) and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen (1min25.812).
The session was marred by several crashes.
PEREZ CAR FLIPPED
There was a major scare when the red flag came out one hour into the session as Sergio Perez flipped his Force India car on turn 11, with the rear skidding out from under him and sending him into the barriers and toppling over.
As it happened: 2015 Hungarian GP - First practice
Perez, unhurt, waved as he walked back to his team garage.
Since the tragic death of driver Jules Bianchi F1 teams decorated their cars, drivers' helmets and garages with the #JB17 stickers.
Bianchi died on Friday (July 17), nine months after sustaining head injuries in a impact with a recovery vehicle in torrential rain during the 2014 Japanese F1 GP at Suzuka.
2015 Hungarian GP results
1 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1min25.141
2 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1min25.250
3 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1min25.812
4 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 1min26.053
5 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Red Bull 1min26.070
6 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 1min26.395
7 Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso 1min26.727
8 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 1min26.776
9 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 1min26.825
10 Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso 1min26.934
11 Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 1min27.272
12 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1min27.308
13 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Force India 1min27.317
14 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 1min27.381
15 Felipe Nasr (Brazil) Sauber 1min27.409
16 Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber 1min27.732
17 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus 1min28.568
18 Will Stevens (Britain) Marussia 1min29.693
19 Fabio Leimer (Switzerland) Marussia 1min30.631
20 Jolyon Palmer (Britain) Lotus - Mercedes