Hungarian Grand Prix 2013: Vettel dominates Friday practice

Hungarian Grand Prix 2013: Sebastian Vettel tops the timesheets in Friday practice ahead of his Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Sebastian Vettel in action at the Hungaroring Photo: Red Bull/Getty Images

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel dominated both Friday practice sessions ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix, topping the timesheets ahead of team-mate Mark Webber.

Lotus’s Romain Grosjean was third in the second session ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, and Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

“The car feels OK, but there’s always a lot of work to do and there’s some room for improvement,” said Vettel.

“My long run wasn’t completely clean, as we had to abort it at the start due to the brakes being a bit hot, but you work to find the limit. I don’t think the tyres feel massively different, but they are a step in the right direction.”

Hamilton admitted it was a mixed day for Mercedes after he and Rosberg finished sixth and seventh respectively at the Hungaroring.

“It’s difficult to know where we’re going to be this weekend,” said Hamilton. “The Ferraris are quite competitive, so are the Lotuses and then the Red Bull is absolutely ballistic. Whether we’ll be able to match them I don’t know.

“We don’t seem to have the pace we had in the last race but we’ll make some changes tonight. We came into the weekend kind of on the back foot, trying to understand the tyres a bit.”

Hungarian Grand Prix 2013: Friday practice times (combined)

1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1m 21.264s (53 laps in total)

2. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1m 21.308s (66 laps in total)

3. Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault 1m 21.417s (60 laps in total)

4. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 21.426s (56 laps in total)

5. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 21.544s (56 laps in total)

6. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 21.802s (70 laps in total)

7. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 21.991s (68 laps in total)

8. Kimi Räikkönen Finland Lotus-Renault 1m 22.011s (52 laps in total)

9. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 22.18s (67 laps in total)

10. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes 1m 22.304s (61 laps in total)

11. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes 1m 22.526s (60 laps in total)

12. Sergio Perez Mexico McLaren-Mercedes 1m 22.529s (63 laps in total)

13. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Renault 1m 22.781s (57 laps in total)

14. Esteban Gutierrez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 1m 22.837s (63 laps in total)

15. Nico Hülkenberg Germany Sauber-Ferrari 1m 22.841s (62 laps in total)

16. Jean-Eric Vergne France STR-Ferrari 1m 23.369s (49 laps in total)

17. Daniel Ricciardo Australia STR-Ferrari 1m 23.411s (65 laps in total)

18. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Renault 1m 23.646s (61 laps in total)

19. Charles Pic France Caterham-Renault 1m 24.325s (62 laps in total)

20. Giedo van der Garde Netherlands Caterham-Renault 1m 25.065s (61 laps in total)

21. Jules Bianchi France Marussia-Cosworth 1m 25.143s (59 laps in total)

22. Max Chilton Britain Marussia-Cosworth 1m 26.647s (33 laps in total)

23. Rodolfo Gonzalez Venezuela Marussia-Cosworth 1m 28.927s (25 laps in total)

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