Vettel stamps early claim in Budapest

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Saturday 31st July, 2010 - 12:02am

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Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel has stamped an early claim on the Hungarian Grand Prix, topping both practice sessions at the Budapest circuit.

The German beat his Red Bull Racing team-mate Mark Webber in the first session, before Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso split the Red Bull pair in the second session.

Vettel was convincing in the first day of running, using the super soft Bridgestone tyre to end the second session almost half a second faster than Alonso, who only marginally beat Webber.

Felipe Massa improved to fourth in the second session, pointing towards a repeat of the Red Bull versus Ferrari battle that we saw in Germany last week.

Renault looked competitive with Robert Kubica third in P1 and his team-mate Vitaly Petrov fifth in P2.

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton had a difficult first session before bouncing back to finish P2 in sixth place. Hamilton won last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix which kick-started a late-season form reversal.

Saturday’s activities include a 60-minute practice session in the morning before qualifying. For Australian viewers, qualifying can be seen on ONE HD. Check local guides for details.

Practice One

Pos Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:20.976 29
2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:21.106 0.130 27
3 Robert Kubica Renault 1:22.072 1.096 21
4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:22.444 1.468 17
5 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:22.601 1.625 25
6 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:22.764 1.788 24
7 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:22.772 1.796 25
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:22.777 1.801 25
9 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:22.792 1.816 26
10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:22.966 1.990 25
11 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:23.003 2.027 19
12 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:23.007 2.031 26
13 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:23.249 2.273 24
14 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:23.327 2.351 23
15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:23.520 2.544 19
16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:23.780 2.804 22
17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:23.868 2.892 28
18 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.075 3.099 15
19 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:25.032 4.056 22
20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:25.210 4.234 23
21 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:25.990 5.014 21
22 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:26.686 5.710 17
23 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:26.990 6.014 34
24 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1:28.157 7.181 24

Practice Two

Pos Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:20.087
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:20.584 0.497
3 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:20.597 0.510
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:20.986 0.899
5 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:21.195 1.108
6 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.308 1.221
7 Robert Kubica Renault 1:21.375 1.288
8 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:21.623 1.536
9 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.730 1.643
10 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:21.773 1.686
11 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:21.809 1.722
12 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:21.844 1.757
13 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:22.039 1.952
14 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:22.212 2.125
15 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:22.469 2.382
16 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:22.507 2.420
17 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:22.602 2.515
18 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:23.138 3.051
19 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:24.553 4.466
20 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:25.376 5.289
21 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:25.669 5.582
22 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:26.745 6.658
23 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1:26.798 6.711
24 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:27.705 7.618

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