Ferrari protege Charles Leclerc pipped Stoffel Vandoorne to the quickest time on day one of Formula 1’s post-Hungarian Grand Prix test at the Hungaroring.
The Formula 2 championship leader used the Pirelli soft compound tyre to clock a 1m17.746s in the closing minutes of the eight-hour session, 0.088 seconds quicker than Vandoorne’s McLaren-Honda.
Vandoorne, who set the benchmark in the morning but stopped early with a mechanical problem, spent most of the afternoon in the garage.
He got out in the latter part of the session, with McLaren hoping to gather data on a series of new parts, and set his best lap on the ultra-soft tyres.
Valtteri Bottas – carrying out tyre testing for Pirelli – was third in his Mercedes, 0.986s adrift, as he clocked the most laps of anybody with 155.
GP3 racer George Russell completed his first full F1 test with the fourth quickest time in the other Mercedes, improving on his morning time by nearly a second and clocking up more than 100 laps.
Lance Stroll, filling in for an unwell Felipe Massa at Williams, was fifth with a tally of 137 laps and 2.1s off the pace, followed by Force India’s Nikita Mazepin.
Mercedes DTM frontrunner Lucas Auer took over driving duties at Force India in the afternoon and ended up ninth quickest.
Nicholas Latifi, who will hand his Renault over to Robert Kubica on Wednesday, was seventh for Renault.
Toro Rosso’s Sean Gelael, who had his running cut short because of a problem but recovered track time in the afternoon when he focused on longer runs and testing development items, was eighth.
Haas junior Santino Ferrucci ended up 10th quickest, ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who improved on his morning time by 1.4 seconds, with Gustav Malja propping up the timesheets for Sauber.
Day one times
|6||Nikita Mazepin||Force India/Mercedes||1m19.910s||2.164s||52|
|8||Sean Gelael||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m20.341s||2.595s||101|
|9||Lucas Auer||Force India/Mercedes||1m20.563s||2.817s||54|
|11||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m21.228s||3.482s||58|