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Lewis Hamilton fastest in Hungarian Grand Prix practice

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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton sent a message to his team-mate Nico Rosberg, as the Brit was fastest in the first practice of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Hamilton, who sits 14 points behind rival Rosberg in the drivers championship, is under pressure to close the gap this weekend, and he has started as he means to go on.

The 2008 world champion eventually ended the first practice with a gap of 0.183 seconds to German Rosberg, as the two traded fastest lap after fastest lap.

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This is how the majority of the season has gone as well, with the two Mercedes dominating the field. The German team has benefited heavily from the new rule changes that came into place at the start of the season.

Breathtaking battles

And this has made the 2014 season very exciting, with breathtaking battles and amazing overtakes from the two drivers, with the fascinating race at Bahrain still sitting prominently in the mind.

In the last race at the Hockenheimring, the two didn’t get a chance for a battle, with Rosberg taking the win in a dominating style as Hamilton finished third on the podium after starting 20th on the grid.

Only five days on and Hamilton wants to show that the drivers championship is his this year. With qualifying just around the corner tomorrow, the pair are gearing up for another epic duel for pole position.

Happy hunting ground

But the Englishman could have a slight advantage at this track, having won this race four times in seven years, making it one of his favoured tracks.

Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso managed to grab third and fourth place in this practice, with current world champion Sebastian Vettel just behind.

McLaren’s Jenson Button finished ninth after a technical problems with his car, while revitalised Williams Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas ended the session in 10th and 14th respectively.

The session didn't go so well for Hamilton's compatriot and Marussia driver Max Chilton, who had to return to the pits after his car caught fire.

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