Friday’s practice sessions started off with resuming normalcy with Mercedes finding pace on a track that many believe is a Red Bull play ground. It did become apparent that Red Bull are challenging Ferrari for dominance in Hungary as Daniel Ricciardo set the pace ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel but both trailed Nico Rosberg and Mercedes.

Lewis Hamilton looked on pace as well before spinning into the barrier and criticizing the new curbing at the circuit:

“I think I put my rear wheel slightly over the white line and touched that kerb and they’re very, very slippery,” said Hamilton.

“I don’t know why they’ve actually put them there. It was fine the way it was before.

“I don’t put it down to the track, it was obviously me, I put the wheel in the wrong place.

“It’s a shame that sometimes they do these things. I don’t know why. We had these old kerbs before and where I went off there was a nice little small lip, it was fantastic.

“It worked for so many years and then they decided to change it. I assume they’ve just got so much money that they needed to spend it.”

It is now a major talking point that seems to be bubbling to the surface with the track limits in Austria and other circuits that the drivers are putting all four wheels over. This weekend will see a new electronic monitoring systems on two turns in Hungary.

The press have been somewhat sympathetic the FIA’s attempt to keep the drivers inside the white lines but with the curbs and white line policing biting Lewis, perhaps Sky Sports F1 will begin a campaign to get them removed…like the radio ban. I JEST!

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m20.435s 45
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m21.030s 0.595s 36
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m21.348s 0.913s 31
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m21.770s 1.335s 35
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m21.960s 1.525s 4
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m22.058s 1.623s 46
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m22.328s 1.893s 21
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m22.387s 1.952s 34
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m22.449s 2.014s 41
10 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m22.653s 2.218s 38
11 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m22.673s 2.238s 38
12 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m22.681s 2.246s 39
13 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m22.689s 2.254s 24
14 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m22.773s 2.338s 38
15 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m22.864s 2.429s 28
16 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m22.948s 2.513s 43
17 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m23.347s 2.912s 41
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m23.437s 3.002s 36
19 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m23.528s 3.093s 12
20 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m23.986s 3.551s 31
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m23.992s 3.557s 22
22 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m24.265s 3.830s 36


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If it had been the other Mercedes that had crashed, would we have been subject to a raft of stories about Rosberg cracking under pressure?
I find it odd that the driver that has been in the lead of the title race for the whole season is constantly being reported as the team’s number two driver who is lucky to retain his seat. The bias in the UK media seems to be getting worse each year.


So true Dave. I listened to the 5 Live preview show, 50 mins long, nearly half of it given to praising Hamilton, and sniping at Rosberg because he doesn’t interview well for them.
A bit about Ricciardo and Verstappen, and not much else.
Of course is the key question is……is the ‘they’ that resurfaced the circuit the same as the ‘they’ who put 5 of Rosbergs mechanics onto Hamiltons car????? I think the UK media should get onto that one.


Are the radio rules that so obviously were unfair for Hamilton in Baku the same as those that rightly penalised Rosberg in Silverstone for blatantly cheating?


No, the radio rules in Baku were clearly being applied to prevent racing (because before that incident the lower placed merc was running faster than the higher placed merc), whereas in Silverstone they were blatently flaunted to keep allow a lame duck to keep running (because before that incident the lower placed merc was running faster than the higher placed merc…….oh wait……)


You can add Alonso to the list…