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2016 Hungarian GP: Hamilton sets the pace in 1st practice

2016-07-22 15:50

FASTEST MAN: Lewis Hamilton was the fastest driver at the end of FP1 at the 2016 Hungarin GP. Image: AFP / Ronald Zak

Budapest - Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap at the first practice session for the 2016 Hungarian Grand Prix, followed by Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg.

Driving on the repaved Hungaroring with supersoft tires, Hamilton's time of 1min21.347 seconds on Friday (July 22, 2016) was nearly four seconds faster than the world champion's first practice in 2015 and almost 0.7 seconds ahead of his 2015 qualifying pace, which gained him pole position.

Rosberg, who has extended his Mercedes contract until the end 2018, was 0.237 seconds behind Hamilton.

Big gap to Ferrari

The pacesetters were followed by Ferrari duo Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, more than 1.6sec off Hamilton's pace. Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen of Red Bull, on soft tyres, came next.

Wet patches after overnight rainfall made for a cautious start and several spins, but no serious incidents.

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