Motor racing-Sainz puts Ferrari on top in first Hungarian GP practice

Spaniard Carlos Sainz was fastest for Ferrari in first practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday, with Red Bull's Max Verstappen denying the Italian team a one-two on the timing sheets.


Reuters | Updated: 29-07-2022 19:00 IST | Created: 29-07-2022 19:00 IST
Motor racing-Sainz puts Ferrari on top in first Hungarian GP practice

Spaniard Carlos Sainz was fastest for Ferrari in first practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday, with Red Bull's Max Verstappen denying the Italian team a one-two on the timing sheets. British Grand Prix winner Sainz lapped the Hungaroring with a quickest time of one minute 18.750 seconds, with championship leader Verstappen 0.130 slower on a track expected to favour Ferrari.

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc, the Dutch driver's closest championship rival despite being 63 points adrift after crashing out while leading in France last weekend, was third and 0.289 off the pace. McLaren's Lando Norris was fourth on the soft tyres, ahead of Mercedes' George Russell and Red Bull's Sergio Perez who complained over the radio of "a bit of an allergy" after suffering a very public sneezing fit at speed.

Seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton, a record eight times winner in Hungary, was seventh fastest for Mercedes but 0.960 off Sainz's time. Aston Martin experimented with an eye-catching new rear wing, and had Sebastian Vettel 11th fastest a day after the four times world champion announced his retirement at the end of the season and team mate Lance Stroll 12th.

Haas also rolled out an updated car for Denmark's Kevin Magnussen with some striking aerodynamic similarities to the Ferrari. Sunday's race is the 13th of 22 this season and last before the August break.

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