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Lewis fastest in hot Hungarian practice

2014-07-25 14:12

HUNGRY HAMILTON: Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton (right) was quickest during the first practice session ahead of the 2014 Hungarian GP.Image: AP/Darko Bandic

BUDAPEST, Hungary - Lewis Hamilton started his Hungarian GP weekend as he meant to continue, with the fastest lap in Friday's first free practice and championship-leading Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg behind him.

The winner of the previous two Hungarian GPs lapped the Hungaroring near Budapest with a best time of 1min25.814.

Rosberg was second fastest, 0.183sec slower than Hamilton, on a hot morning with track temperatures rising to around 48C.

KIMI IN TOP FORM

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, with third and fourth places respectively on the time sheets.

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

Hamilton is 14 points behind Rosberg, despite having won five races to the German's four, but has a far better record in Hungary. The Briton has won four times here, 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 counts almost as a home race for Finnish drivers, with victory for McLaren in 2005 and second in the previous two years with Lotus.

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 yet to beat his team mate this year.

The session opened with Max Chilton's Marussia on fire in the pits,the flames quickly extinguished, after oil leaked on to the exhaust.

First free practice Hungarian GP
1 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1min25.814
2 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1min25.997
3 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1min26.421
4 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1min26.872
5 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull - Renault 1min27.220
6 Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren 1min27.357
7 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso - Renault 1min27.683
8 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull - Renault 1min27.782
9 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1min27.804
10 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes 1min27.960
11 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber - Ferrari 1min27.967
12 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Force India - Mercedes 1min28.101
13 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso - Renault 1min28.208
14 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus - Renault 1min28.266
15 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams-Mercedes 1min28.330
16 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - Mercedes 1min28.376
17 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - Renault 1min28.593
18 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Sauber - Ferrari 1min29.025
19 Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Caterham - Renault 1min30.363
20 Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Caterham - Renault 1min30.892
21 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia - Ferrari 1min31.004
22 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia - Ferrari 1min31.248

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