Leclerc fastest in opening F1 test at Hungary

Ferrari Academy Driver, Charles Leclerc was fastest on the opening day of testing at the Hungaroring for the red team, ahead of McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne.

Leclerc who is currently leading the Formula 2 championship ahead of Briton’s Oliver Rowland, posted a best time of 1m17.746s in the closing stages of the day which was nearly a tenth of a second quicker than Vandoorne’s effort.

Fresh from his support race win on Saturday, GP3 ace George Russell was fourth quickest driving the Mercedes in the afternoon after Valtteri Bottas warmed the car up for him in the morning. Lance Stroll had to stand in for the ill Felipe Massa and managed fifth quickest, ahead of Nikita Mazepin who made his F1 test debut with Force India.

F2 colleagues Nicholas Latifi, Sean Gelael, and Gustav Malja found themselves sharing the tarmac again alongside Leclerc at Renault, Toro Rosso and Sauber respectively. Latifi was seventh quickest ahead of Gelael while Malja was slowest behind Max Verstappen who ran the testing programme for Red Bull.

World Series Formula V8 driver Aurelien Panis also tested for Force India alongside Mazepin, while American Santino Ferrucci was in at Haas having made his F2 debut over the weekend and managed to finish 10th quickest. He is due to contest the rest of the F2 season with Trident, having started his season in GP3 with ART three months ago.

The most laps completed were by Mercedes in the test, with Renault completing the fewest. The latter is due to test Robert Kubica tomorrow, making somewhat of a return to F1 in a professional capacity after his private test a month ago.

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