GP Hungary 2015 (1st practice): Perez rollover

GP Hungary 2015 (1st training)
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T he 4.381 kilometer long Hungaroring in front of the gates from Budapest lies Lewis Hamilton. The four-time Hungarian winner underlined this fact in the first free practice session. The world championship leader secured the fastest time in his Mercedes in 1: 25.141 minutes.

Mercedes dominance continues

Hamilton was superior throughout the session. At the beginning he grunted his fiercest rival and teammate Nico Rosberg for a second. But the World Cup runner-up slowly crept up towards the end of the 90-minute session. In the end, he was just over a tenth short.

The Mercedes dominance seems to continue. The third placed Kimi Raikkonen was already 0.671 seconds behind the leaders. The Finn created a strange scene 5 minutes before the end. In the twelfth corner, the 2007 world champion raced over the curb in his Ferrari SF15-T. The vibration loosened the fastening of the front wing, whereupon it got under the car and caused a tire damage. The race management then interrupted the meeting a second time because there were too many carbon parts on the asphalt.

Sergio Perez, who overturned in his Force India, provided the first red flag and the greatest shock moment in the opening session. The Mexican came in the eleventh corner over the notch onto the artificial turf and there lost control of the rear of his VJM08.

Perez joined wild accident

Thereupon the Force India turned inwards and hit the guardrails forwards and sideways before the car was thrown from there back towards the track. It lifted the car on an edge, whereupon it came to an involuntary somersault. Fortunately, Perez was able to climb out of the wrecked car of his own accord. On the way back and the box he waved to the audience. Everything seems to be fine. Nevertheless, he must have to go to the medical center for a check-up.

'That was bad luck. I got a little on the artificial turf. It was probably a bit dirty. Then I hit the other side. That was a bit strange. We have to investigate ', commented Perez, who nevertheless ended up in eighth place. Force India has the car in the garage for examination. On the TV pictures it seemed as if it had been with the rear right suspension shortly before take-off .

They made a good impressiontwo Red Bull drivers. Daniel Ricciardo clung to the top group for the entire 90 minutes. In the end he was fourth in front of Daniil Kvyat. The medium-fast and slow corners of the Hungaroring are the ideal playground for the RB11. Because the importance of the engine is taking a back seat, it could be a promising weekend for the subscription world champion from 2010 to 2013.

Vettel only had sixth in the Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel to fight against it. The Heppenheimer was only in sixth place - 1.254 seconds behind Hamilton. So the Ferraro driver still has work to do in the afternoon for the second practice session.

Seventh place went to Carlos Sainz. His team-mate Max Verstappen finished tenth in the Toro Rosso. Valtteri Bottas, who tried out a new front wing on his Williams, placed ninth.

Things went better for McLaren-Honda than last weekend. You landed just outside the top 10, but at least you had Lotus and Sauber easily under control. Curious: Lotus only got the Pirelli tires 50 minutes before the start of training. The reason are problems with cash flow. Fabio Leimer made a colorless debut. He was the bottom of the field in Manor F1. He was almost a second short of Will Stevens.


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