Charles Leclerc sets the tone in Hungary

On the Hungaroring racecourse, near Budapest, and after having completed 25 laps on the 4,381 meter track, the Ferrari driver set a time of 1 m. 18s. 445/1000.

Leclerc was only 217 thousandths ahead of Briton Lando Norris (McLaren), while Spaniard Carlos Sainz, with the other Ferrari, was third at 231/1000.

The current world champion and current leader of the championship, the Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull), ranked fourth, at 283/1000, while the Australian Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) obtained the fifth time, at 427 /1000.

The Spanish double starter in F1, Fernando Alonso, who turns 41 today, obtained the sixth record with his Alpine, 604 thousandths from Leclerc, according to the Motorsport site.

Further, the German Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin), who announced that he would leave the activity at the end of the year, at 808/1000; the British George Russell (Mercedes) at 910/1000; the Mexican Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) at 952/1000 and the Finn Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo), at 966/1000.

Englishman Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), seven-time world champion and second in the last race in Austria, showed problems with the balance of his vehicle and had to settle for eleventh place, 1s behind. 102/1000.

Next come Chinese Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo), Frenchman Esteban Ocon (Alpine), Canadian Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) and Frenchman Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri).

The last five places in practice went to Denmark’s Kevin Magnussen (Haas), Germany’s Mick Schumacher (Haas), Canada’s Nicholas Latifi (Williams), Japan’s Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri) and Thailand’s Alexander Albon (Williams) .

Qualifying this Saturday will start at 4:00 p.m. local time (11:00 a.m. in Argentina), with heavy rain forecast.

Sunday’s race will be 70 laps, starting with 15 in Hungary (10 in Argentina).

Main championship finishes: Verstappen 233 points; Leclerc 170; Pérez 163; Sanz 144; Russell 143; Hamilton 127; Norris 70; Ocon 56; Boots 46; Alonso 37.

On the Hungaroring racecourse, near Budapest, and after having completed 25 laps on the 4,381 meter track, the Ferrari driver set a time of 1 m. 18s. 445/1000.

Leclerc was only 217 thousandths ahead of Briton Lando Norris (McLaren), while Spaniard Carlos Sainz, with the other Ferrari, was third at 231/1000.

The current world champion and current leader of the championship, the Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull), ranked fourth, at 283/1000, while the Australian Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) obtained the fifth time, at 427 /1000.

The Spanish double starter in F1, Fernando Alonso, who turns 41 today, obtained the sixth record with his Alpine, 604 thousandths from Leclerc, according to the Motorsport site.

Further, the German Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin), who announced that he would leave the activity at the end of the year, at 808/1000; the British George Russell (Mercedes) at 910/1000; the Mexican Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) at 952/1000 and the Finn Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo), at 966/1000.

Englishman Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), seven-time world champion and second in the last race in Austria, showed problems with the balance of his vehicle and had to settle for eleventh place, 1s behind. 102/1000.

Next come Chinese Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo), Frenchman Esteban Ocon (Alpine), Canadian Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) and Frenchman Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri).

The last five places in practice went to Denmark’s Kevin Magnussen (Haas), Germany’s Mick Schumacher (Haas), Canada’s Nicholas Latifi (Williams), Japan’s Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri) and Thailand’s Alexander Albon (Williams) .

Qualifying this Saturday will start at 4:00 p.m. local time (11:00 a.m. in Argentina), with heavy rain forecast.

Sunday’s race will be 70 laps, starting with 15 in Hungary (10 in Argentina).

Main championship finishes: Verstappen 233 points; Leclerc 170; Pérez 163; Sanz 144; Russell 143; Hamilton 127; Norris 70; Ocon 56; Boots 46; Alonso 37.

Theodore Davis

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