SportPesa Racing Point in a spin at Hungarian GP

Both Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll had spins in a difficult FP1 for SportPesa Racing Point at the Hungarian GP.

Here is how Friday practice played out in Hungary…

George Russell got the rally going for Williams team-mate Robert Kubica.

Poor guy, Kubica gets that point in Germany, his first in a recordΒ 8 years and 256 days, and now George is reduced to being his hype man.

Someone had to 😜#F1 #HungarianGP πŸ‡­πŸ‡Ί pic.twitter.com/nrbqegQayB

— George Russell (@GeorgeRussell63) August 1, 2019

Lance Stroll rocked up at the Hungaroring still scratching his head over how that podium in Germany slipped away.

A muggy session was to come but the rain was on its way. Here we go again.

FIVE MINUTES TO FP1 ⏰

We have cloudy conditions at the Hungaroring ahead of the first session of the race weekend πŸ‘€β˜οΈ#F1 #HungarianGP πŸ‡­πŸ‡Ί pic.twitter.com/rqvVnDMPOv

— Formula 1 (@F1) August 2, 2019

On came the green light and indeed the heavens opened as soon as Kubica exited the pit lane.

Aaaaaand it’s raining. #RSspirit #HungarianGP #FP1 pic.twitter.com/7eVtpHdO7E

— Renault F1 Team (@RenaultF1Team) August 2, 2019

With the drivers out there early Lewis Hamilton, Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel used the soft rubber to trade fastest times.

Valtteri Bottas looked set for a spot of bother after a late call to pit from Mercedes after they saw a “misfire” in the PU.

He wasn’t able to go to the right of the bollard on entry to the pits, the crime which cost Hamilton in Germany.

Better late than never πŸ˜…#F1 #HungarianGP πŸ‡­πŸ‡Ί pic.twitter.com/wuHyU0QjKn

— Formula 1 (@F1) August 2, 2019

Lance Stroll went for a spin…

Full 360 πŸ˜…

Lance Stroll is the first driver to be caught out by Turn 7 this weekend 😬#F1 #HungarianGP πŸ‡­πŸ‡Ί pic.twitter.com/8iBzBtaV05

— Formula 1 (@F1) August 2, 2019

30 minutes gone and Hamilton was in the lead with Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly behind.

Verstappen was looking to cut that 0.6s gap to Hamilton and pushed a little too much when he spun at the final turn.

Max Verstappen is now back facing the right way πŸ˜…#F1 #HungarianGP πŸ‡­πŸ‡Ί pic.twitter.com/HXIT6BXiDz

— Formula 1 (@F1) August 2, 2019

Soon after the teams chickened out, not just Alfa Romeo to be fair.

And here is the rain again, so… box box box. β˜”οΈπŸ  #HungarianGP pic.twitter.com/Bo9GeFKKQ9

— Alfa Romeo Racing (@alfaromeoracing) August 2, 2019

A few drivers went out for some intermediate running including Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg, “a very gentle lap” was the instruction.

Meanwhile Mercedes told us what was going on with Bottas.

UPDATE: We will do a PU swap with Valtteri as a problem with the current unit has been identified. We are swapping in the other PU already in the pool. This will allow us more time to trace the problem outside the car. #HungarianGP #FP1 pic.twitter.com/qdHXH1xARo

— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) August 2, 2019

Hamilton was next for a steady lap on the inters with an eagle-eyed Paul Di Resta pointing out that doing this earns them an extra set.

It’s not quite wet enough for intermediates, not quite dry enough for drys. We need a new tyre compound. Drintermediates. #HungarianGP #F1

— Lights Out ●●●●● (@LightsOutF1Blog) August 2, 2019

The drops slowed again as the drivers re-emerged for some slick tyre running.

The weather sure is indecisive today. πŸ€” Lando takes to the track on the red-banded Soft tyre. #HungarianGP πŸ‡­πŸ‡Ί pic.twitter.com/C8gfBF6xDT

— McLaren (@McLarenF1) August 2, 2019

It was proving a difficult morning for SportPesa Racing Point.

Perez was soon in the wars again following his chicane error after a lock-up sent him off at Turn 1.

Both Racing Points have now taken a spin 😲#F1 #HungarianGP πŸ‡­πŸ‡Ί pic.twitter.com/Ghojao4Tat

— Formula 1 (@F1) August 2, 2019

Vettel promoted himself to P2 with a 1:17.399 to go 0.16s shy of Hamilton, while Verstappen was less than a tenth further back.

Verstappen moved up to P2 but went for another spin, claiming he couldn’t believe how “sensitive” the RB15 was.

With just a few minutes to go we also knew Bottas wouldn’t be setting a time in FP1.

Valtteri Bottas is the only driver to not set a time in FP1

The hard work continues ahead of FP2 πŸ’ͺ#F1 #HungarianGP πŸ‡­πŸ‡Ί pic.twitter.com/4EMXhz1cnW

— Formula 1 (@F1) August 2, 2019

A mixed session for the Silver Arrows with Hamilton topping the standings, while Bottas propped them up.

🏁 TOP 10: END OF FP1 🏁

1 HAM πŸ“Έ
2 VER
3 VET
4 GAS
5 MAG
6 LEC
7 HUL
8 NOR
9 SAI
10 RAI#F1 #HungarianGP πŸ‡­πŸ‡Ί pic.twitter.com/KeCCbWqGGf

— Formula 1 (@F1) August 2, 2019

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