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    Lewis Hamilton

    Today was a case of job done for Lewis Hamilton, the Briton beating his team-mate and topping the times in both practice sessions. Now he needs continue that form into qualifying, so that he is not on the back foot AGAIN in Sunday's race.

    Read about his exploits in Andrew Benson's second practice report. I'll see you tomorrow at 09:30 BST. Until then, it's good afternoon from me.



    Nick G: Go on Lewis! Hope @ValtteriBottas keeps up his good run too.

    Andrew Howe: You've put the extreme obsession back into F1, keep performing Lewis "The One!"

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    That's all for the on-track action for today. Third and final practice starts at 10:00 BST tomorrow, with qualifying following at 13:00.

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    Thanks for all your contributions today, particularly regarding our discussion on which race would you lose. Monaco looks to be unpopular, as do races in China and Bahrain. The historic venues like Silverstone and Monza received a lot of love.

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    GET INVOLVED Which race would you lose? #bbcf1

    Dan Burdett: worst race for me is easily Singapore. Dark backdrop, tight with walls = boring track, and always goes on forever - a hard slog.

    Max Hallam: Let's eliminate China from the F1 Calendar. You can barely see through the smog

    Alex Crawford: To stay: Britain, Canada, Spa - fast, exciting, characterful...proper tracks.To go: Abu Dhabi - too safe, no overtaking, heartless.

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    "I don't know why it hasn't come together," says Lewis Hamilton of his qualifying issues in his latest BBC Sport column. Read more via the F1 pages.

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    As mentioned earlier, Lewis Hamilton has won this race four times in seven attempts. We've got highlights of all those wins available via the F1 pages. I'd suggest watching the 2007 race - which was the Briton's third ever grand prix win.

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    If you've got 125 seconds free this afternoon, I'd suggest watching our video highlights of first practice. We'll have a second practice video up later today, too.

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    Force India: Two long runs for each of our drivers bring the session to an end. 78 laps overall for our team and lots of information to process tonight!

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    So Lewis Hamilton wins the battle of the Mercedes drivers, beating his team-mate in both practice sessions. The question now is can he pull it all together for qualifying tomorrow - something he has been unable to do in the last FIVE attempts?


    1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) vettel 4) Alonso 5) Magnussen 6) Raikkonen 7) Ricciardo 8) Bottas 9) Button 10) Massa 11) Kvyat

    13) Hulkenberg 14) Sutil 15) Perez 16) Maldonado 17) Grosjean 18) Gutierrez 19) Kobayashi 20) Bianchi 21) Chilton 22) Ericsson


    Which F1 race would you lose and why? #bbcf1

    Dan Whiteside: It has to be Melbourne for me - it lacks the history and old style circuit of Adelaide Park with its bumps and quick chicanes.

    Lance Ryan: You don't necessarily need to get rid of any F1 tracks, just add more, and feature the less popular ones every 2 or 3 years instead.

    Kevin Huo‏: In a perfect world Abu Dhabi should go, awful track with too many slow or 90 degree corners with acres of hideous tarmac run off.


    Lewis Hamilton finishes fastest in second practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.


    Jean-Eric Vergne at the 2012 Australian Grand Prix

    Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne, who made his debut in the 2012 Australian Grand Prix (pictured) will start his 50th Grand Prix start this weekend, becoming the 18th French driver to reach that total. It's not been a great season for the 24-year-old, who has had five retirements and scored just nine points.


    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton: "Is there something wrong with my front brakes?"

    Hamilton had a problem with his brakes during qualifying at Hockenheim which resulted in a heavy contact with the barriers.

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    If you're just joining us, where have you been all day? Lewis Hamilton currently leads the way on the timesheets, two tenths quicker than Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, with Sebastian Vettel third, Fernando Alonso fourth and Kevin Magnussen fifth.

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    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "Lotus' Romain Grosjean, a former team-mate of both Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, shed some light on why the Finn has been struggling this season. 'I know what he doesn't like and this year's cars don't really suit him very well,' Grosjean said. 'He needs a good front end and those tyres don't really give you that feeling. It's hard to explain but it can change a little bit your confidence.'

    "And having Alonso as your team-mate is never easy, Grosjean made clear. 'They are both very strong. When I was with Fernando [at Renault in 2009], the car was not the best and he always gets on top of what he has - 100% of the car he has even though he has to drive three different styles in a lap, which is a very good point [of his]. Kimi was quick, consistent, good at building his weekend. They were different and I was at a different point of my career with each. To be fair, at the beginning of the year I didn't know what was going to be the best.'"

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    Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa

    This may only be practice but that doesn't mean the cars don't fight over the same piece of track. Here's Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa, title rivals in 2008, going side-by-side.

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    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton pits after a long stint on those soft tyres, has some new boots fits and then heads back out. Ten minutes remaining.

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    Mark Webber

    This time last year, Mark Webber was at the wheel of the fastest car in Formula 1. Twelve months later, he's driving a truck which looks like its seen better days.


    Nico Rosberg: "Tyres are finished."

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    The long runs continue at the Hungaroring. Valtteri Bottas starts his 11th lap on the soft tyres, with all his laps within a window of six tenths in the 1m30s.


    Which race would you lose and why? #bbcf1

    Mark Cole:‏ Proper motor racing fans hate Monaco because the race is a procession decided by qualifying. Not interested in the glamour nonsense!

    Roarz: Drop Spain, China and Singapore. Never ever take away Monza, Spa or Silverstone.

    Edmund: Bahrain has to go. With the exception of 2014, it's a borefest every year. No atmosphere, terrible racing.


    Pastor Maldonado

    Pastor Maldonado, who signed a deal to stay at Lotus next season, has only scored one point in the last 30 Grands Prix, a 10th place in last year's Hungarian GP. He won the 2010 GP2 feature race at the Hungaroring on his way to the title.

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    Felipe Massa

    Felipe Massa is sent out on the medium tyres, but he's obviously not happy with the car as he's dived back into the pits again.

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    Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are lapping in near identical times, around four seconds off the pace as the cars are loaded up with fuel. The teams do this so they can test how the tyres will react under a heavy load, which will be the case during the race.

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    Down at Willliams, engineering chief Rob Smedley has squatted down alongside Felipe Massa's left rear tyre. He grabs it with both arms and gives it a good shake. Allan McNish suggests he's just checking all is OK because Massa is possibly unsure as to why he had that spin at the chicane earlier in the session.

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    Max Chilton

    Max Chilton's day got off to a bad start when his Marussia caught on fire. The team then spent most of the session fixing the car, before he got out for one lap just before the chequered flag. It's been smoother in FP2, the Briton managing 18 laps.

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    Caterham car on track

    Caterham: This is one of the few tracks we can actually see the cars on track!

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    So after a flurry of soft tyre runs, Lewis Hamilton leads the way by a quarter of a second from Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. Sebastian Vettel is fourth tenths further back, with Fernando Alonso fourth and Kevin Magnussen an impressive fifth.

    Kimi Raikkonen, who has been on the podium in his last five visits to Hungary, is sixth, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, Valtteri Bottas, Jenson Button and Felipe Massa.


    Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher

    Damon Hill's season with Arrows was a nightmare - with the exception of one remarkable race. Arriving in Hungary, the then reigning world champion had just one sixth place (the last points-paying position in those days) from 10 races.

    But in Hungary, thanks largely to Bridgestone's advantage over rivals Goodyear on the dusty track, the Arrows was a match for its rivals. Hill qualified a superb third and passed the Williams of Jacques Villeneuve at the start.

    The Briton then passed Michael Schumacher, quite unbelievably, to take the lead. He proceeded to build a huge lead before disaster struck. The hydraulics failed in the closing stages, allowing Villeneuve to catch and pass Hill on the very last lap.

    Hill was agonisingly close to victory but second-place remained a stunning drive.

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    Toto Wolff

    Mercedes: Ah, very happy to see you sir! Nothing will keep this man away from #F1! #Totonator #HeIsBack

    Mercedes co-team boss Toto Wolff fractured his shoulder, collar bone, elbow and wrist in a bicycle crash and now has his arm in a sling.

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    Lewis Hamilton improves by three hundredths of a second on the next lap, which suggests that soft tyre is holding up pretty well in these warm conditions.


    Which F1 race would you lose and why? #bbcf1

    Bodie A. Ashton: I'd love to see Abu Dhabi ditched, have the Nurburgring every year, and bring the race back to Magny Cours as well.

    Chris Gilbert: Got to agree with Monaco. Although iconic it's just a procession, why was Lewis so disappointed with second on grid?

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    Massa got going before Lewis Hamilton reached that part of the track, so the Mercedes driver would not have been affected by the yellow flags. It's a tasty lap from the 2008 world champion, who goes two tenths clear of Rosberg. The Briton has the edge over his team-mate so far this weekend.

  36. SPIN!

    Big spin for Felipe Massa at the chicane, the rear end just snapping out. Allan McNish suggests the Williams driver touched the white line when on the brakes. The Brazilian keeps the engine running and rejoins before heading to the pits.

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    Nico Rosberg bolts on the soft tyres and promptly moves to the top of the timesheets with a 1:24.750, just under four tenths quicker than Sebastian Vettel. Lewis Hamilton, in the other Mercedes, has just started his soft tyre run.

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    Sebastian Vettel

    Sebastian Vettel goes quickest on the option tyre, the reigning world champion clocking a 1:25.111, 0.8 seconds faster than Daniel Ricciardo. Vettel then reports that he had no power down the straights.

    Meanwhile, Valtteri Bottas goes third quickest on his option tyre run, 0.9 seconds slower than Vettel.

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    The Caterhams are spending more time off-track than on in this session. Kamui Kobayashi overcooks it, spinning his green machine round, not for the first time today.

    His team-mate Marcus Ericsson has a big moment at Turn 11 and backs out of it, running well wide before rejoining.

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    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    Adrian Sutil

    "Things have not been going well at Sauber this year, and the word on the street is that time is running out for Adrian Sutil in that team. Sauber would like to replace him with their wealthy reserve driver Giedo Van Der Garde. But Sutil insists he is not going anywhere. 'Half my career they said: 'Adrian is out,' Sutil said. 'I am still here. 120 grands prix.

    "'Any more questions? I will be here much longer. Sorry. You have to live with my face. It is from people out there, I don't know what is their problem. They are bored or whatever. But we are good here, the team is holding together in these times, this is no problem and we will try to get out of this difficult situation and you can all write some good stuff about us.'

    "Sutil said Sauber had been encouraged by their performance in Hockenheim, feeling they had gained from the removal of the interconnected suspension systems, and blamed his late-race spin on a characteristic of the Ferrari engine that makes it difficult to drive in fuel-saving mode."

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    Both Red Bulls head out on track on the soft tyre - which is the option this weekend. Nico Hulkenberg has already done so and the Force India driver went third quickest, six tenths off the pace.

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    Lots of power slides at the Hungaroring as the drivers struggle for grip. Kamui Kobayashi gets well out of shape at the chicane before correcting it and cutting across the corner.

    Lewis Hamilton said earlier this weekend that he likes this circuit because you can drive the car a little like a go-kart and really throw it into the corners - hence why we're seeing a lot of power-sliding...


    Which F1 race would you lose and why? #bbcf1

    Jack 'J.BUTTON' King: To stay: Canada - simply 2011, Britain - proper race track, Austin - exciting. To go: Monaco - no overtaking or Abu Dhabi - no gravel

    Tomcat171: I'd remove Spain. Long sweepers and minimal overtake opportunities outside of DRS.

    david osbiston: ‏Always Monaco. I never watch it. Not really a race is it?

    It seems there's not a lot of love for Monaco...

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    So the Mercedes continue their dominance of this year's World Championship, with Sebastian Vettel currently best of the rest in third, eight tenths of a second off the pace.

    Fernando Alonso is fourth, with the Williams demonstrating an improved showing compared to this morning. Bottas is fifth, with Massa sixth. Less than a tenth separates the team-mates.

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    Next time around Lewis Hamilton gets two wheels on the white line, which is obviously a big no-no. That unsettles the car, and the back steps out. Hamilton catches it, he is a pro after all, but it means his entry into the chicane is less than ideal.

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    Lewis Hamilton smashes the previous leading time by seven tenths of a second. His Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg responds, but is still four tenths adrift. Let's not forget that Hamilton is spectacular round here, having won four times in seven attempts.

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    Lotus:‏ Pastor back in to the garage to give his impressions of the car: Brrrm, brrrm, brrrrrrrrmmmmm

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    The top of the charts take on a familiar look with Nico Rosberg going quickest, albeit only by 0.087 seconds, with Fernando Alonso second, Valtteri Bottas third and Sebastian Vettel fourth.


    Alain Prost wins the 1993 German Grand Prix

    Today is the 21st anniversary of four-time world champion Alain Prost's 51st and last win, which came in the 1993 German GP in the iconic yellow, blue and white Williams. Since then, French drivers have only won two races (Jean Alesi at Canada 1995, Olivier Panis at Monaco 1996).

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    Fernando Alonso moves into top spot, the Ferrari driver clocking a 1:27.199, 1.2 seconds quicker than anyone else. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton has just pulled out of the Mercedes garage.

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    Allan McNish

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    "Williams have a new rear wing here, which they hope will give them a bit more rear downforce, a weakness of their car so far this year. McLaren are continuing with the serrated-edge rear wing they used in Germany. It gives them a few more points of downforce and better stability. But its effect was bigger than its aerodynamic gain, at least for Kevin Magnussen.

    "It allowed the Dane to attack the corners more, giving him the confidence in the rear he needed to load up the front and gain lap time. That's what he meant in Germany when he said he was 'really was able to push and drive it like a go-kart'. With the previous wing, he was finding it difficult to have that confidence."


    Which F1 race would you lose and why? #bbcf1

    James Brown: If I had to lose a race from F1 it would be Abu Dhabi, dull and dreary track, but it's got enough money to stay :(

    Alan Head: Spain or Hungary, nearly always processional borefests

    Steven: China. Poorly attended and a poor circuit.

    Mike Langford: Definitely Monaco. Just a procession.

    Lose Monaco? Really Mike? Really?

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    Kevin Magnussen does a bit of off-roading down at Turn Six, out-braking himself and running across the gravel before rejoining in the McLaren.

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    Pastor Maldonado is the early pace-setter, the Venezuelan clocking a 1:28.751, a few thousandths ahead of Nico Hulkenberg.

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    Max Chilton is the first man out on track, followed by Marcus Ericsson, Kamui Kobayashi and Nico Hulkenberg.

  56. GO! GO! GO!

    Here we go, folks. It's time for the drivers to earn their money...

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    Max Chilton is in his Marussia, helmet on, visor down. He'll be desperate to get out and about after managing just five laps, of which only one was a timed lap.



    1990 Hungarian Grand Prix

    Germany had just won the World Cup, a bitter scrap for the drivers' title was being fought by two of the sport's biggest rivals and Williams were in resurgent form. No, not this year - 1990.

    Thierry Boutsen was not the fastest man on the grid at the 1990 Hungarian Grand Prix - but sensationally, he was able to take pole position and hold up the field to take the win.

    The Belgian led away from pole and absorbed the early pressure from McLaren's Gerhard Berger and as the race progressed, his Williams team-mate Riccardo Patrese and Benetton's Alessandro Nannini tried and failed to pass.

    Behind him, Ayrton Senna was on a charge in the McLaren, the Brazilian rising to third before trying an audacious move on Nannini. The pair touched, forcing Nannini into retirement, but Senna continued unscathed.

    Three-time champion Senna began his pursuit of Boutsen, but was unable to find a way through, allowing Boutsen to seal his third and final Formula 1 victory.

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    Allan McNish

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    "I was watching the cars out on the track during the first session and it provided some interesting detail. Ferrari were quick, third and fourth on the times with Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso, but the car looked terrible out on the track. They are clearly still having driveability problems. The Red Bull looked reasonable, nice and tidy, and the Mercedes still looks so smooth. It rolls nicely all the way into the corner."

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    Nico on the ball

    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    Nico Rosberg plays football

    "It's that time of day for Nico Rosberg."


    #bbcf1 or text 81111

    F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has been busy in recent days. First it was announced that Mexico will return to the Formula 1 calendar in 2015 after a 23-year absence. Then today, Azerbaijan declared they will host a race in 2016.

    If every race currently on the schedule retains its place, we're set to have 21 races in 2016. If a circuit - or two - had to give, which would you prefer to lose and why? And which would you definitely want to keep?

    Tweet us using the #bbcf1 hashtag ot text 81111 (UK only).

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    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "McLaren are optimistic of a reasonably good weekend in Hungary. BBC F1 analyst Allan McNish believes they, along with Ferrari, lost out most from the removal of interconnected suspension last weekend in Germany. And in theory the Hungaroring is a circuit on which the loss of Fric would be a bigger deficit than Hockenheim.

    "But Jenson Button says the upgrades introduced in Germany were 'definitely a step forward and it should help us around here - the downforce package we had on the car was more of a Hungary-type package so it should benefit us here more than in Hockenheim'. Team-mate Kevin Magnussen, who put the McLaren fourth on the grid last weekend agreed, saying there was 'lots to be positive about'."

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    Hungarian Grand Prix

    Lewis Hamilton told BBC Radio 5 live earlier that the Hungarian Grand Prix is in the top three where he receives the best support from fans.

    There's always a great atmosphere at the venue, with fans from across the world making the trip to the Hungaroring, just outside Budapest.

    In particular, Finnish drivers usually get huge support, as is evidenced by this chap, who has painted his face in the country's national colours.

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    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    The action gets under way at 13:00, with BBC Radio 5 live sports extra coverage kicking off five minutes before. Simply click the link at the top of the page to listen.

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    Allan McNish

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    "It's hot and sweaty at the Hungaroring and track temperatures will be more than 50C in this second session. The drivers were reporting that the medium tyre looked OK in the first session but it was beginning to drop off after just seven laps, so the soft tyre, on which the teams will do their qualifying simulations and then some race runs this afternoon, may not last that long."

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    Now it's time for the second session, which incidentally also lasts 90 minutes, and will see the teams work on qualifying and long-run race pace as they fine-tune their preparations for Sunday.

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    Hello! Lewis Hamilton fired a statement of intent ahead of Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix by beating Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to the fastest time in first practice.

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    Lunch time is over. Let's get back on track, shall we?

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    Allan McNish

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    "In the last couple of Fridays Williams have worked very hard to make sure their race pace is strong so I expect them to come up, but apart from that I don't expect the order to change too much."

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    In his latest BBC Sport column, Lewis Hamilton talks about how the last 18 months with Mercedes have been "the most enjoyable of my life". Read more via the F1 pages.

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    McLaren ended the first session with a spot of pit stop practice before rolling the cars back into the garage and then turning their attention to crunching the numbers from the data collected.

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    Nico Rosberg

    Mercedes, though, had no such problems. Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg (pictured) performed road sweeping duties early in the session and then went unchallenged at the top of the timesheets.

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    Williams, who have a bunch of upgrades for this weekend's race, ended up well down the field, following a strong showing in Germany where Valtteri Bottas finished second behind winner Nico Rosberg. Felipe Massa was 10th quickest with Bottas down in 15th.

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    Max Chilton managed to do a flying lap before the session ended, the Briton slotting into 21st, two tenths quicker than Marussia team-mate Jules Bianchi.


    1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) Raikkonen 4) Alonso 5) Vettel 6) Magnussen 7) Vergne 8) Ricciardo 9) Button 10) Massa 11) Gutierrez

    12) Hulkenberg 13) Kvyat 14) Maldonado 15) Bottas 16) Perez 17) Grosjean 18) Sutil 19) Kobayashi 20) Ericsson 21) Chilton 22) Bianchi


    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton finishes fastest in first practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.


    #bbcf1 or text 81111

    Phil Slocombe: Lewis looking like he is on the ball from day one; I believe he will have the upper-hand this weekend; Nico will need to fend off.

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    Marussia manage to get Max Chilton out at last, the Briton completing an installation lap before heading back to the pits to check all is OK.

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    Mercedes: In and out for @nico_rosberg - he declines to shake it all about though... shame really. Must be concentrating on that driving thing...

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    Kimi Raikkonen Hungarian GP podium in 2007

    Kimi Raikkonen has finished second on his last three visits to the Hungaroring (2009, 2012-13), and has been on the podium here in his last five Hungary starts, going back as far as 2007 (pictured).

    The Finn is currently third fastest, six tenths off the pace and fourth tenths quicker than double world champion team-mate Fernando Alonso.

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    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "This has been a poor year for Kimi Raikkonen so far, struggling as he is with the Ferrari and being trounced by team-mate Fernando Alonso. After the race in Germany last weekend, Raikkonen said he felt more comfortable in the car than he had for some time and on arriving in Hungary he said: 'There were some good signs and we'll take it from there in this track, to get closer to where we want to be.

    "This is a different circuit, more similar to Monaco than any other track and we were reasonably competitive there. But we'll have to see if we still get that good feeling with the car, then we have to get a clean weekend without any issues, and try to get a result. We'll have to see tomorrow how the car feels, it's a twisty track that I quite like.'"


    Sebastian Vettel: "OK you can forget that lap [time]. I don't know what Rosberg was doing [getting in my way]."

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    Good work from the Marussia team, who look to have fixed Max Chilton's car. The team fire it up, bring it down of the jacks and remove the tyre warmers ready for the first run - but hang on. Something's gone wrong. The engine has been switched off and the tyre warmers put back on.

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    Romain Grosjean

    Romain Grosjean's session is over, the Frenchman's engineer informing his charge that they've found an issue on his Lotus.

    On Thursday, Grosjean said there is no deadline for him to make a decision on his future at Lotus "as long as options are open".

    The Frenchman is in his third season with the Enstone-based team, and while Lotus say it is their intention to keep Grosjean for next year, they have yet to confirm it when they announced that his team-mate Pastor Maldonado was being retained for 2015.

    "They don't really have to convince me [to stay], I know what they are capable of doing," added Grosjean. "I know the team is not going to do a season like this year next year because they will react and get better."

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    Marussia: Is that a fire-up we hear? It certainly is. Well done boys for a rapid turnaround on Max's car. Floor going on next.

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    Lewis Hamilton heads out on track, with fluorescent yellow flo-viz paint splattered all over the front end of his Mercedes.

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    Lewis Hamilton is still top of the pile, with Nico Rosberg second. Kimi Raikkonen is third, ahead of Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso and reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel.

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    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    Daniel Ricciardo

    "Daniel Ricciardo has been winning a lot of admirers this season, and in Hockenheim another one made himself known - no less than Fernando Alonso, who praised the Australian's 'very smart, very respectful' driving in their battle in the closing laps, adding that Ricciardo was 'doing unbelievable' this season.

    "A compliment from the great man really means something, as Ricciardo made clear: 'To hear it from someone like Fernando, who is a world champion and let's say a leader of the sport in a way, it is nice. It is nice to get that respect from someone like that, and it is nice to know that what I have learned in my years has served me well.

    "You can't get pushed around in anything you do. Because I smile a lot and seem like the friendly guy, a lot of people, if they see my actions, or my face, they probably think I am a little bit soft, or that I am nice and wouldn't hurt anyone. But it is nice for me to demonstrate this year that I can race hard.'"

  89. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Azerbaijan announces that it has signed a contract to host a grand prix in the capital Baku in 2016. It'll be a street circuit, running along the historic water front. According to former F1 driver Alexander Wurz, who has business interests there, it's a "cool location".


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    Greg Fraser: Be interesting to see Nico have an issue in qual to see how he gets thru the field on Sun. Been too easy for him so far this season!

    John McEnerney: Alonso has had his fair share of drama in Hungary, most memorable was The Battle of the McLarens in qualifying. That was the end of Fernando Alonso and McLaren.

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    Ferrari continue their strong Friday form - before it tails of dramatically during the weekend - with Kimi Raikkonen third, six tenths of a second off the pace, and double world champion Fernando Alonso fourth.


    Alain Prost wins in Germany in 1993
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    Lewis Hamilton goes quickest, the Briton clocking a 1:25.814 which is 0.183 seconds quicker than Nico Rosberg. Just a reminder, Hamilton trails Rosberg by 14 points in the drivers standings. A smooth qualifying followed by a victory would do very nicely.


    Stefan Johansson 1986

    If Ferrari do not make the podium in this race, then 2014 will be their worst start to any season (they only have one podium finish so far this year) since 1986, when Stefan Johansson's (pictured) third place in Belgium was their only podium finish in the first 11 races.

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    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "Red Bull are expected to be Mercedes' biggest challengers in Hungary and Sebastian Vettel clearly fancies his chances of at least being able to be best of the rest. 'I always think there is a chance to win,' the world champion said. 'It would be quite sad not to. Obviously Mercedes are very strong. Their drivers could probably go to the water park just outside the track on Saturday and still win the race. But they are not invincible. We have seen them have problems and then you need to put yourself in the best position to benefit. So there is always a chance."

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    It wouldn't be a 2014 practice session if Marcus Ericsson didn't spin. The Swede duly delivers, losing the rear end down at Turn 12. It's relatively harmless and he's soon back on his way.

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    As Murray Walker used to say, with half the session gone, there's still half the session to go. Nico Rosberg tops the timesheets, leading Kimi Raikkonen by 1.466 seconds with Lewis Hamilton third and Jenson Button fourth.

    Daniel Ricciardo, Fernando Alonso, Jean-Eric Vergne, Sebastian Vettel, Kevin Magnussen and Pastor Maldonado complete the top 10.

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    Marussia report that that they have changed Max Chilton's gearbox following a fire earlier in the session. "We're putting the car back together and we're hoping to get out towards the end of the session," add the team.

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    Alexander Rossi and Jennie Gow

    American Alexander Rossi, who yesterday signed a deal to join Marussia as their reserve driver, tells Jennie Gow that he'll get an opportunity to drive for his new team in first practice at the Belgian Grand Prix, which is the next race and takes place at the end of August.

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    Fernando Alonso

    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso: Autograph session. Hungary is one of the best places of the year! Fantastic support..!! GRACIAS!!

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    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "Fernando Alonso has been his usual relentless, indomitable self this season, dragging the maximum out of arguably the worst car Ferrari have yet given him. The F14 T has reasonable performance in the sort of long, medium-speed corners that abound at the Hungaroring, but Alonso said there was little reason for optimism that he can do better than his usual finishing position of about fifth. 'The car will be identical to Hockenheim,' Alonso said.

    "'The circuit layout is not particularly good for us. It is a traction-demanding circuit. On the other hand, some circuits we have thought to be more competitive and were less and vice versa. So we go into the weekend with a positive mood and we see what is the final result. But it should not change too much compared to the last couple of races. Probably Red Bull will be a little more competitive with this track being less demanding of the engine. We will see if Williams can keep their good form on a circuit that requires good traction and aerodynamics. But we should be in more or less the same place.'"

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    Footie skills

    Red Bull: Footy skills! @redbull Street Style World Champ Kitti Szasz (@Kittamitta) with Seb & @danielricciardo

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    Nico Rosberg wins the 2014 German Grand Prix

    Mercedes have led an impressive 94% of all the laps this season (590 of 628). The team has led every lap of every race other than the Austrian and Canadian GPs.

    When you consider the performance of Mercedes engines, the dominance is even more significant - only eight laps in the entire season have been led by Renault or Ferrari-powered teams, combined.



    Brij: ‏I watch Chilton catch fire on @bbcf1 then the Zimbabweans turn the electricity off. However, I'm a dedicated race fan: watching on generator.



    Jenson Button

    It took him 113th races but at long last, after the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix, Britain's Jenson Button could call himself a Formula 1 race winner.

    Driving a BAR Honda, the Briton mastered some pretty tricky conditions to rise through the field from 14th on a wet track, hunt down Fernando Alonso and then take control when the Spaniard retired with 18 laps remaining.

    Further back, Michael Schumacher failed to take advantage of Alonso's misfortune - the Spaniard retired after his right rear wheel nut came loose following a pit stop.

    On heavily worn tyres, the German collided with Nick Heidfeld, breaking a track rod and dropping from third down to an eventual eighth.

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    Kimi Raikkonen pops into second, 0.143 seconds off the pace, with McLaren's Jenson Button, who claimed his first F1 victory on this track back in 2006, fourth behind countryman Lewis Hamilton.

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    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    Lewis Hamilton

    "My view now @LewisHamilton."

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    Max Chilton

    Talking of Chilton, the Briton claimed the best results of his career in Australia and Bahrain where he finished 13th, but since his Marussia team-mate Jules Bianchi scored the team's first points in Monaco, his form has tailed off.

    Despite that, he is confident he will be retained by the team for a third season. "I naturally want to stay with the team," he said, when speaking in the paddock on Thursday.

    "I won't focus on that [next season] until later on in the year, but I'm confident I'll be here next year. I've had good races this year."

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    Marussia's Max Chilton has changed out of his race suit, which suggests it won't be a quick fix following that early fire.

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    Nico Rosberg celebrates his win in Germany

    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg: What a week!! I got married, Germany won, I signed a new contract with Mercedes AND I won my home GP ;)

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    Nico Rosberg dips down into the low 1m27s to go quickest before parking his Mercedes in the garage having completed eight laps. Lewis Hamilton is second quickest, three tenths of the pace, with Daniel Ricciardo third, a further second back.

  112. SPIN!

    Kamui Kobayashi has caused a scene down at Turn 12, the Japanese driver spinning in the Caterham before rejoining.

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    Jenson Button

    McLaren: The #PinkforPapa helmet returns this weekend - Hungary is an emotional and significant place for @JensonButton

    Button won his first and 200th race at the Hungaroring

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    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    Valtteri Bottas

    "Valtteri Bottas has been reflecting on Williams' remarkable upturn in form this season, and especially in the last few races. Williams finished ninth in 2013, scoring just five points all season, but Williams arrived in Hungary having vaulted ahead of Ferrari into third in the constructors' championship following Bottas' three consecutive podiums. Of course, having a Mercedes engine has helped but clearly the team have made a huge leap with the car as well.

    "Bottas said: 'If someone last year had told us we would be consistently on the podium, that would have been quite difficult to believe. It has been really good. Now we see where we are and we have to live with the results ands lift the target higher. We need to build a gap to Ferrari in the constructors and we are not that far behind Red Bull. It should be possible to catch them. We know it will be difficult but we will try.'

    "Hungary might be tough for Williams, as the strong point of their car is efficiency rather than total downforce, and most are expecting Red Bull to be closest to Mercedes this weekend. But Bottas said: 'We have some updates here which should help, should be a reasonable amount of downforce. If they work well we know the direction to push for.'"

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    Marussia report that the fire was caused by some oil leaking onto the exhaust of Max's car. The team are now looking into how and why that happened.



    Adam Rubidge: Definitely @LewisHamilton's weekend!! Would be nice to see a good weekend from Massa as well! About time he had some luck.

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    Lewis Hamilton goes fastest, the Briton clocking a 1:28.030. The two Mercedes have the track to themselves right now, the duo using the extra set of tyres which all teams get for the first half hour to essentially clean up the track for everyone else, which is nice of them.

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    Nico Rosberg is the first to set a flying lap, the championship leader clocking a 1:32.027. The German then runs wide, which is unsurprising as the track is rarely used other than for this race so it's usually very dusty early on.

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    Every driver has completed an installation lap with just over six minutes of the session done and dusted.

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    Marussia: Problem for Max after that installation lap. We'll be back with more info.

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    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "Marussia's Max Chilton has a new chassis for this race after an electrical problem was discovered in the one he has been using since Austria. He said that for the last three races the car had been behaving oddly: 'The steering has never been particularly straight and it seems to go around lefts better than rights,' Chilton said. 'We changed it in Austria and ever since then have had a problem.'

    "This is one of the Englishman's favourite tracks - it's where he took one of his two GP2 feature race wins. The other was at Singapore, so Chilton seems to thrive on demanding circuits. 'Singapore is the worst,' he said. 'Here is the second worst. It's hard. If it's down at 28C it won't be a problem but the last few years have been 35C or so. There's no rest and because it's in a bowl, it gets muggy, there's no wind.'"

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    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    "Fire marshalls are just putting the fire out. It smells absolutely disgusting."


    Max Chilton's Marussia is on fire as he crawls into the pits. He stops outside his garage, quickly jumps out and lets the marshals get on with the job of putting it out.

  124. GO! GO! GO!

    Let the fun begin. First practice under way, folks.

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    Lewis Hamilton celebrates his win in 2013
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    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff was not at the Hungaroring on Thursday, following a cycling accident on Tuesday in which he broke his wrist, elbow, shoulder and collarbone. But he is flying in for Friday, and is wearing a sling. The accident happened on a team-building cycle ride in Vienna.

    "There was a chain reaction after one rider fell and a number of team members crashed. Executive director (technical) Paddy Lowe, a keen cyclist, was also involved, but suffered only cuts and bruises."

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    Toto Wolff

    Mercedes are carrying an injury this weekend, after co-team boss Toto Wolff hit the deck when out on a bike ride with a group that included Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

    The 42-year-old fractured his shoulder, collar bone, elbow and wrist in the crash and will be in a sling, as tweeted by his wife and Williams development driver Susie Wolff.

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    Fernando Alonso

    Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso: Hungary. Always a special... I won here my first F1 Grand Prix, something that I thought it was an impossible dream.


    Sebastian Vettel

    Aside from meetings with their engineers and media commitments, drivers use the Thursday before a grand prix to walk the track.

    For regular venues, the drivers will know the layout already and will have practised it in the simulator (if the team has one, of course).

    However, the point of the walk is to see if there have been any modifications, perhaps to the kerbs or run-off, since their last visit.

    The info will provide crucial knowledge if a driver has to make a split-second decision on a change of direction.


    Fans at the Hungarian Grand Prix

    The fans were out in force on Thursday as the pit lane opened its doors to give a unique and close-up insight into the inner workings of the world's fastest sport. Cue lots of autographs, pictures and screams of "we love you (insert driver name here when they appear)".

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    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    So as ever, we've got two practice sessions for you on a Friday. Both last 90 minutes, with the first starting at 09:00 BST. A second session follows at 13:00. And five minutes before each session, you'll be able to click at the top of the page to listen to BBC Radio 5 live sports extra coverage. Mobile users go back to the BBC F1 index.

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    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    Lewis Hamilton

    "Lewis Hamilton pretty much owns the Hungaroring. He has taken four wins in seven visits, and it could have been more, a puncture depriving him of a potential win in 2008 as well. There is something about the twists and turns of this dusty little track a quick hop down the motorway north-east of beautiful Budapest that marries perfectly with Hamilton's exuberant, attacking driving style.

    "And he really needs to make it five out of eight this weekend. Another win for Nico Rosberg would mean Hamilton would go into the summer break at least 20 points behind his Mercedes team-mate with only eight races to go. Even with double points at the last race of the season in Abu Dhabi, that would be a body blow for Hamilton."

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    Nico Rosberg

    To recap, Nico Rosberg was on top of the world last Sunday as he capped a sensational week - which including his wedding, watching Germany win the World Cup and a new contract - with his first victory on home soil.

    That saw the German increase his lead to 14 points over Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who rescued his weekend and limited the damage in the title race with a strong comeback drive from 20th to third.

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    Hungarian Grand Prix

    Hello everybody and a very warm welcome to live coverage of first practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

    Germany was an absolute scorcher for most of the weekend and there's already signs the next couple of days at least could be exactly the same at the dusty Hungaroring.

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    Nico Rosberg

    Nico Rosberg has won seven Formula 1 grands prix in his career, but like his father Keke, he has never managed to win them back-to-back. Will he be able to do so this weekend?