Red Bull dominate first Hungarian Grand Prix practice

By Gareth Llewellyn
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Red Bull obliterated the competition as they dominated the first practice session ahead of Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel was the quickest man around the Hungaroring with a blisteringly quick time of 1:20.976 ahead of his team-mate Mark Webber, who was just over a tenth slower.

Renault’s Robert Kubica was third-quickest, an astonishing 1.096 seconds slower than Vettel, while reigning world champion Jenson Button was fourth-quickest four tenths slower than Kubica.

Rubens Barrichello was an impressive fifth-quickest for Williams, a further two tenths behind Button, as the top five were covered by an incredible 1.7 seconds.

Sauber’s Pedro de la Rosa and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso were next just ahead of Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher, with the second Williams of Nico Hülkenberg rounding out the top 10.

Adrian Sutil was 11th for Force India with their blown diffuser on his car, almost half-a-second quicker than test driver Paul di Resta, running without it.

Ferrari’s Felipe Massa was 12th on a difficult day for the Brazilian, just over a year after he almost lost his life at the circuit after fracturing his skull in a freak accident involving a spring from Barrichello’s car.

Renault rookie Vitaly Petrov was 13th ahead of Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi and di Resta, followed by the Toro Rosso drivers Sébastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersauri

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton was almost three seconds slower than Vettel down in 18th place with the McLaren heavy on fuel.

At the back, Lotus again were the quickest of the new teams as Jarno Trulli lead Heikki Kovalainen fort 19th and 20th.

Virgin Racing’s Timo Glock was quicker than team-mate Lucas di Grassi for 21st, while Bruno Senna was 1.1 second quicker than team-mate Sakon Yamamoto for Hispania, with the Japanese driver seven seconds off the pace of Vettel.

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