Leclerc fastest on day one of Budapest test

Charles Leclerc has continued his recent Formula 2 form by setting the quickest time for Ferrari at the Hungaroring on Tuesday, host of this week’s two-day in-season test.

Stoffel Vandoorne, fresh off the back of his first points finish this season, kept up in his McLaren with a late improvement from Leclerc enough to snatch the fastest time of the day by just 0.08s.

Valtteri Bottas set the third fastest time amongst the tyre testing programme he was running for Pirelli and Mercedes junior driver George Russell was fourth. Both Mercedes drivers lapped the Hungaroring well over 100 times.

Fifth place was filled by the Williams of Lance Stroll followed by Force India test driver Nikita Mazepin in sixth. Lucas Auer, currently third in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) championship, was ninth fastest as he shared track time with Mazepin.

Renault tester Nicholas Latifi was seventh fastest and Indonesian Formula 2 driver Sean Gelael completed 100 laps with the eighth fastest time for Toro Rosso. Haas’s American test driver Santino Ferrucci put in 101 laps for tenth place beating a modest Max Verstappen in 11th. Swedish Formula 2 racer Gustav Malja completed the table in 12th for Sauber.

Testing in Budapest continues on Wednesday and all eyes will be on Renault’s Robert Kubica, who will get his first taste of a 2017 Formula One car.

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