Massa cleared for Hungarian F1 practice

Beth Cruz
July 31, 2017

Even though he did not get on the podium at the British GP two weeks ago, he finished an impressive fifth after starting from 19th place due to grid penalties. Palmer, who is under pressure to score his first points of the season this weekend, ran wide at Turn 4 and as he rejoined over the grass his front wing snagged on the surface change and ripped the whole assembly clean off his vehicle.

Max Verstappen was pleased with his charge to fifth place on the grid for the Hungarian Grand Prix after Red Bull made changes overnight to his RB13 Formula 1 auto, finding a better setup window.

Ricciardo, however, didn't put a foot wrong all day, and the Australian's time of 1 minute 18.455 seconds - just 0.019 seconds off the all-time lap record - underlined how comfortable he was in his auto.

"We obviously brought some updates here and they seem to be working", said the Australian, victor in Hungary in 2014. We can't overtake these guys easily so for sure if I am going to move forward it will take some nice moves.

"You don't know what Ferrari and Mercedes will do (tomorrow) but it was a good day". I don't think he likes when a teammate gets in front of him.

"There's not much else to say", said the despondent Red Bull driver.

When asked if the move was Verstappen simply trying too hard, Ricciardo added: "I honestly don't think it's trying too hard or that there is an excuse for it".

Raikkonen then went second-fastest with a 1:18.720, a boost for Ferrari during a session in which Vettel endured a frustrating 90 minutes.

"Struggling a lot with oversteer and rear tyres didn't seem to be ready", the German said over the team radio.

With only one practice session left ahead of Saturday's qualifying, no one will get to fully grasp the pace of Mercedes on the supersofts in a race situation before the actual race itself.

Palmer is under pressure in Hungary, with former F1 driver Robert Kubica set to test with his Renault team during the week in anticipation of a potential full-time return, perhaps at the Briton's expense.

Shattering his car's front wing on a kerb, leaving debris over the track and puncturing the right front tyre, and then crashing backwards into the barriers in the afternoon was certainly not it. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) Haas - Ferrari 1 lap 14.

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