The disappointment of the Grand Prix de France, where he did not go to the end of the race, was gone this Friday for Charles Leclerc. The Ferrari driver was offensive during free practice at the Hungarian GP, of which he dominated the second round on Friday.
The Monegasque took control early in the session and never let go. His lap of 1’18’445 gave him first place in lap times which were fairly widely redistributed in comparison early afternoon curls. Several drivers made mistakes on the hot track of the Hungaroring.
Ocon 13th, Gasly 15th
Lando Norris (McLaren) set the second fastest time, at 0”217, while Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) was third at 0”231. Max Verstappen, second in the first tests, was slightly less efficient since he finished 4th with his Red Bull (+0”231).
The Mercedes had some difficulty with the heat, as shown by the standings and George Russel (8th) and Lewis Hamilton (11th). The French were not more comfortable: Esteban Ocon (Alpine) finished 13th and Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) 15th.