Testing – Ferrari reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi put in the quickest time of the morning session on Day 1 at the Hungaroring test.
The final test days of 2018 got underway on Tuesday morning at the Hungaroring. With track temperatures around 50 degrees, and an air temperature in the low 30s, conditions were ideal for tyre testing as Pirelli confirmed the use of a prototype Soft tyre available for use by all the teams. Alongside this, Pirelli carried out their own testing ahead of 2019, with Sean Gelael working for them using a Toro Rosso.
Ferrari reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi finished the morning with the quickest time, a 1:19.648 in the SF71-H. He put in 66 laps through the first four hours of track time This was three tenths clear of the best time set by McLaren reserve Lando Norris, who circulated 46 times this morning.
Nicholas Latifi went third quickest for Force India, a further 0.028 off the McLaren, while Marcus Ericsson was the first regular race driver on the timesheets as he went fourth quickest for Sauber. Brendon Hartley was P5 for Toro Rosso and spent the most time on track as he put in 94 laps of the track. Mercedes reserve George Russell went sixth fastest for the championship leaders, but only did 21 laps in total.
Daniel Ricciardo was P7 for Red Bull Racing, Nico Hulkenberg P8 for Renault, while Oliver Rowland returned to a Williams cockpit and he ended the morning P9. Gelael finished P10 in the Pirelli Toro Rosso, putting in 68 laps.
The morning saw three teams run the 2019 spec front wings, which are designed to reduce the turbulent air for cars behind, and potentially help overtaking. Williams, Force India & Red Bull all showed off versions of the newer, simplified wings.
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Actions resumes at 2pm local time, with a further four hours of track time allocated.