The Briton got the best lap in the Hungaroring and was just ahead of Bottas, his teammate and current leader of the season.
Lewis Hamilton started in good shape for the Hungarian Grand Prix with the best time in the first practices, even to mark the superiority of Mercedes in rehearsals.
The Briton made a lap of one minute and 16.003 seconds, which was just 0.086 better than Finn’s Valtteri Bottas, his teammate and who holds the leadership after winning both races in Austria.
The next best times in the Hungaroring were owned by the Mexican Sergio Pérez and the Canadian Lance Strol, both from Racing Point, the team named as “Pink Mercedes” for its similarities with the Hamilton single-seater used in 2019.
Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo was 1.197 seconds behind Hamilton, to beat the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc.
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