Hamilton fastest in first practice for Hungarian GP

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (AP) – Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest time yesterday in the first practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

In gloomy conditions with light rain on the Hungaroring track, Hamilton was 0.086 seconds quicker than Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and 0.527 seconds ahead of Racing Point driver Sergio Pérez.

Lance Stroll was fourth for Racing Point, which uses Mercedes engines.

Ferrari again lacked pace, with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc both more than one second behind Hamilton’s leading time.

The Mercedes drivers have won one race each from pole position this season. Bottas won the season-opening Austrian GP and Hamilton clinched the Styrian GP in Austria last Sunday for his 85th F1 win.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain during the first practice session for the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix. PHOTO: AP