Max Verstappen despatched a transparent message to Lewis Hamilton because the Purple Bull star topped first observe forward of the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday morning.
The Dutchman returned to the observe for the primary time following his dramatic crash on the British Grand Prix this month, during which his Purple Bull collided with Hamilton’s Mercedes on the opening lap.
Verstappen fumed at Hamilton’s ‘disrespectful’ celebrations following the Briton’s win on residence turf, and doubled down on his claims throughout a tense press convention on Thursday.
Max Verstappen despatched a transparent message to Lewis Hamilton within the opening observe in Hungary
And the Purple Bull driver made his presence recognized on Friday because the rivals emerged from the pits on the similar time throughout the first observe session.
Hamilton had emerged from the pit first, earlier than Verstappen got here out of his storage moments later. The seven-time world champion got here to a halt to keep away from a collision together with his championship rival.
Verstappen edged out Valtteri Bottas by simply 0.061 seconds, with Lewis Hamilton third within the different Mercedes.
Hamilton, eight factors adrift of Verstappen within the championship standings, completed 0.167 sec behind his Purple Bull rival.
The Purple Bull man returned to the observe for the primary time since crashing on the British Grand Prix
The 23-year-old let his pace do the speaking as he clocked in sooner than his rival Hamilton
The Method One circus is again in motion on the Hungaroring, a dozen miles exterior of Budapest, 12 days after Hamilton’s 180mph collision with Verstappen on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix.
Hamilton was handed a 10-second penalty for the accident, however the seven-time champion recovered from the punishment to take the chequered flag at Silverstone and reignite his bid for a record-breaking eighth world championship.
However the 23-year-old, whose workforce misplaced their attraction for the penalty to be reviewed, responded by laying down a marker within the opening motion of the weekend.
Mercedes might be buoyed by the pace they confirmed within the opening observe session in Hungary
The sluggish and twisty circuit is predicted to swimsuit Purple Bull’s strengths, however each Bottas and Hamilton stored Verstappen trustworthy within the first working to recommend Mercedes must be ready to struggle this weekend.
Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz completed fourth, half-a-second again, with Alpha Tauri’s Pierre Gasly fifth. Gasly’s team-mate Yuki Tsunoda crashed out of the session after shedding management of his machine by means of flip 5.
The motion was briefly suspended as Tsunoda’s stricken machine was faraway from hurt’s approach.
Lando Norris completed ninth for McLaren, one second off the tempo, with George Williams fifteenth in his Williams.