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Leclerc quickest in first day of in-season test at Hungary

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Ferrari’s young test driver Charles Leclerc knocked, McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne of the top of the timing sheets with a lap of 1.17.746 with three minutes remaining the first day of Hungarian post-race testing.

F2 title leader set best time a 1m17.746s Pirelli soft compound tyre in the final minutes of the eight-hour session, finishing 0.088s quicker than McLaren’s Vandoorne, who set flying lap with super-soft compound. The benchmark was still 1.5s less that Vettel’s pole time just three days earlier.

Bottas completed a Pirelli tyre test, conducted with his Mercedes W08, 0.986s adrift, as he clocked the most laps of anybody with 155.

GP3 speedy George Russell done his first full F1 test with the fourth fastest time in the other Mercedes machine, with his fastest lap set on the super-soft compound — 1.4s off Leclerc’s benchmark.

Lance Stroll, replced for an unwell Felipe Massa at Williams, was fifth with a tally of 137 laps and 2.1s off the pace, followed by Force India’s Nikita Mazepin. Lucas Auer completed 54 laps and ninth fastest lap-time, who took over driving duties on afternoon, he putting Force India over the century mark for the day.

Sean Gelael was eighth quickest for Toro Rosso, who had his running cut short because of a technical problem. Regular race drivers Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat splitting duties on Wednesday.

Haas junior Santino Ferrucci made 10th quickest and successively complete 102 laps. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished down in 11th on a limited day for the team. The Dutch young speedy having lost much of the morning session to technical trouble on his RB13.

The F2 racer Gustav Mallya rounded out the order for Sauber, the Swedish youngster reaching triple figures in the lap counter in the closing minutes of the session.

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