BUDAPEST, Hungary – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, his team mourning the death of chairman Sergio Marchionne, was fastest in Friday practice here ahead of the 2019 Hungarian F1 GP
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton could only – or perhaps only wanted to be – fifth fastest for Mercedes.
Vettel’s time of 1min16.834 just shunted Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo aside after his best of 1min7.613.
Ricciardo was third behind Hollander Max Verstappen, who was 0.074sec slower.
Ferrari flags were at half-mast over the team hospitality area.
A Reuters report said Red Bull was expected to be a favourite on the slowish track that suits their cars better than the Mercedes, which were wanting on grip.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was fourth in both sessions; Mercedes Valtteri Bottas was sixth before and after lunch.
Hamilton is 17 points clear of Vettel in the standings after 11 races.