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Hamilton and Mercedes lead Hungarian GP trials

The Mercedes of the English Lewis Hamilton and the German Nico Rosberg, leader of the Formula One World Championship, were the best in the first day of free practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix, at the Hungaroring circuit, in which the Spanish Fernando Alonso ( Ferrari) was fourth.
Hamilton, seeking an unprecedented fifth win in Hungary, set the fastest lap in the second session of the day, setting the best times. He did it with a soft tire, covering the 4,384 meters of the track on the outskirts of Budapest in a time of one minute, 24 seconds and 482 thousandths, 238 less than Rosberg, more leader after winning in his country, which leads the championship with 190 points, fourteen more than his partner and main rival.
The ‘silver arrows’ are still sharp and, after the World Cup halfway through, it does not seem that the script will change much in Hungarian lands, where the eleventh of the 19 Grand Prix of the contest is disputed, the last before the summer break in Europe.
Mercedes has established a new sports dictatorship in F1 this year, after overthrowing the last tyrant, Red Bull, who celebrated with the German Sebastian Vettel -third today- the last four doubles, by scoring as many drivers and constructors’ World Cups in a row. .
Unlike the Austrian team, which was clearly betting on Vettel – which among its 39 F1 victories, curiously has never celebrated one in Hungary – Mercedes, for the moment, allows its two drivers to face each other without team orders.
Rosberg achieved his fourth win of the year at Hockenheim. In front of his audience, just as he did two weeks earlier at Silverstone Hamilton, which was proclaimed the winner for the fifth time this season.
In ten races they have only yielded one success, in Canada, to Australian Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull), seventh today and third in the World Championship, with 106 points, nine more than Alonso, who is fourth.
And, except in Germany, where the Finn Valtteri Bottas (Williams) came in second – one of the revelations of the course, with three podiums in the past three races – they have signed ‘doubles’ every time they have both driven their cars. to the finish line.
In keeping with the trend, both sessions dominated today on the track near the beautiful Hungarian capital. Hamilton had already been the best in the first, with 18 hundredths over Nico, recently renewed with a team in which rumors indicate that he could share a garage with Vettel as of 2016, thus integrating a fully German team. for one hundrerd.
Alonso, who returns to the miracle track, in which he achieved the first of his 32 victories in Formula One, becoming on that August afternoon of 2003 the first – and so far only – Spanish to win in the premier class of the motorsport was fourth today, repeating in the afternoon the position achieved in the first act.
The Asturian double world champion (2005 and 2006, with Renault) returned to stay a second behind Hamilton in the second test, in which he rolled three tenths behind Vettel. The Danish Kevin Magnussen (McLaren) and the Finnish Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), third in the morning, were fifth and sixth in a session in which the Brazilian Felipe Massa (Williams) got a new scare -without consequences-, in the track where he suffered a serious accident that kept him from racing for a few weeks in 2009.
The paulista, who comes from having suffered accidents in the last two races, in Silverstone (England) and Hockenheim (Germany), in which he left before finishing the first lap, set the tenth time (1: 26.402), in a day in which Mexicans Sergio Pérez (Force India) and Esteban Gutiérrez (Sauber) celebrated, with the fifteenth and eighteenth, respectively, that next year Formula One will stop in their country again.
The other Spanish-speaker, Pastor Maldonado, the only Venezuelan to win a Grand Prix, that of Spain two years ago, was sixteenth with his Lotus on the day in which, in the midst of rumors and announcements, it was made known that Azerbaijan was It will premiere in 2016. Its capital, Baku, will host the European Grand Prix that year.
It does not matter if it is in Asia. Flavio Briatore, ‘discoverer’ of both Alonso and German Michael Schumacher – the F1 record man, who is slowly recovering from the serious ski accident he suffered at the end of last year – explained it perfectly. When asked if it was about sport or entertainment, the Italian did not hesitate to indicate what Formula One really is: a business.

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