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sport news Charles Leclerc sets pace on day one of Hungary test

Ferrari protege Charles Leclerc pipped Stoffel Vandoorne to the quickest time on day one of Formula One’s post-Hungarian Grand Prix test at the Hungaroring.

The Formula Two championship leader used the Pirelli soft compound tyre to clock a 1min 17.746sec in the closing minutes of the eight-hour session, 0.088 seconds quicker than Vandoorne’s McLaren Honda.

Vandoorne, who set the benchmark in the morning but stopped early with a mechanical problem, spent most of the afternoon in the garage.

Ferrari set the pace on day one of the post Hungarian GP test through protege Charles Leclerc

Ferrari set the pace on day one of the post Hungarian GP test through protege Charles Leclerc

Stoffel Vandoorne was second quickest for McLaren who were hit by reliability issues

Stoffel Vandoorne was second quickest for McLaren who were hit by reliability issues

He got out in the latter part of the session, with McLaren hoping to gather data on a series of new parts, and set his best lap on the ultra-soft tyres.

Valtteri Bottas – carrying out tyre testing for Pirelli – was third in his Mercedes, 0.986s adrift, as he clocked the most laps of anybody with 155.

GP3 racer George Russell completed his first full F1 test with the fourth quickest time in the other Mercedes, improving on his morning time by nearly a second and clocking up more than 100 laps.

Lance Stroll, filling in for an unwell Felipe Massa at Williams, was fifth with a tally of 137 laps and 2.1s off the pace, followed by Force

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