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Hungary 2008 - Free Practice 1 // Finally some dry weather as another race weekend begins

Published by Mr. C

As Formula One teams prepare to run some laps in Hungary we've found ourselves at a bit of a loose end. Unusually, the weather seems almost predictable this weekend, leaving us little to do but look to the track for some excitement.

This morning is expected to be hot and dry, although Brad pointed out that the city of Budapest experienced torrential rainfall yesterday evening, so there's a very slim chance that some of Saturday or Sunday's action could be rain affected.

On paper, warm temperatures appear to favour Ferrari, but we've speculated in the past that the red cars work better on a rubbered-in track, and seeing as this place is renowned for being something of a dust bowl, things still may not go their way. McLaren by comparison should be looking forward to a peaceful weekend after re-signing Heikki for a further year (his capitulation in Germany bearing fruit already).

Further down the field, Red Bull's decision to run their Renault engine for a third race in a row doesn't come into play until tomorrow. Glock recovered well from his shunt in the last race to test in Jerez so he'll be on duty this morning and finally, keep an eye on Piquet, who's probably still on cloud nine after his first F1 podium two weeks ago.

The on track action begins at 9am in the UK (or 10am local time). We're testing the new live commenting system in anger for the first time today, so do let us know if it's working for you.

We'll be watching ITV's live stream as per usual, as well as following live timing. Details of other means to keep up with the action are listed on our Formula 1 on the Internet page.

Shout us if you're around and feel free to add screenshots or anything else that grabs your attention this morning.




As Formula One teams prepare to run some laps in Hungary we've found ourselves at a bit of a loose end.  Unusually, the weather seems almost predictable this weekend, leaving us little to do but look to the track for some excitement.

Event start

09:00GMT +01:00

1 August 2008