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Sainz leads Verstappen at Free Practice 1! 2022 Hungarian GP FP1 Highlights

The cars of Both Ferrari and RedBull seemed to be on par as they collected a lot of data for the upcoming sessions

Everyone, including team bosses at RedBull expected to be extremely quick this weekend. But Sainz posted a better lap than Verstappen with a difference of only 0.13s. Leclerc followed behind the two with another few hundredths of a second.

McLaren were refreshingly quick in this session, with Norris claiming P4 and Ricciardo P8. Both the Mercedes drivers tagged along with the Papaya team at P5 and P7 respectively. However, their engines were tuned down a bit as they were facing some cooling issues. Perez had to settle in P6 as his flying laps were continuously interrupted by traffic on the track. At one instance he almost ran in to the back of Schumacher who cut him off at Turn 12. Traffic also bothered a lot of drivers including Alonso who too, avoided collision with Stroll ahead of him who had suddenly slowed down.

In terms of upgrades, Aston Martin have brought a completely redesigned rear wing, which raised some eyebrows, but they confirmed having come up with the concept after multiple consultations with the FIA. RedBull introduced new designs of the floor yet again, with a purpose to redirect underbody airflow to their advantage as much as possible. Few cars like Norris also carried air-flow sensor rakes, to gather more data about the setup and required downforce. Almost all the drivers had to counter the sharp turns in the second and final sectors of the circuit, which caught some experienced ones like Alonso off guard as well. The complete driver standings for this session are given below:

1 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 1:18.750 26
2 1 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING RBPT 1:18.880 +0.130s 24
3 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:19.039 +0.289s 26
4 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:19.299 +0.549s 21
5 63 George Russell MERCEDES 1:19.606 +0.856s 28
6 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING RBPT 1:19.622 +0.872s 24
7 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:19.710 +0.960s 25
8 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:19.841 +1.091s 28
9 31 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 1:20.348 +1.598s 30
10 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 1:20.377 +1.627s 27
11 5 Sebastian Vettel ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 1:20.383 +1.633s 26
12 18 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 1:20.414 +1.664s 25
13 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI RBPT 1:20.456 +1.706s 28
14 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI RBPT 1:20.695 +1.945s 27
15 24 Zhou Guanyu ALFA ROMEO FERRARI 1:20.810 +2.060s 23
16 23 Alexander Albon WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:20.834 +2.084s 28
17 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:20.921 +2.171s 24
18 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 1:21.027 +2.277s 25
19 88 Robert Kubica ALFA ROMEO FERRARI 1:21.179 +2.429s 20
20 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:21.413 +2.663s 27
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Abhishek S.

Loves long drives, sunsets and skylines (pun intended ;)). Will miss a date but not an F1 race!

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