Verstappen drove the first session in hot Budapest for a long time on the hardest set of tires. After practice came to a halt after a spin from Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri), the World Cup leader came out on the softest rubber. He recorded a fastest time of 1.17.555. Mercedes driver Bottas was six hundredths of a second slower. Lewis Hamilton set the third fastest time, one and a half tenths behind Verstappen.
Also regarding the Honda engine, the first training apparently went well for Verstappen, whose teammate Sergio Pérez did not get further than eighth place. After Verstappen’s hard crash at Silverstone, the engine was thoroughly checked by the Japanese manufacturer, but it was not allowed to put the engine on the test bench. Friday’s practice sessions should provide Honda with more information on track performance.
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