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Saturday 30th July, 2011 - 12:05am

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McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton has set the pace during the opening day of running at the Hungaroring.

The Briton topped both 90 minute practice sessions, setting a best time of 1:21.02s less than an hour into the afternoon’s running.

In what looks likely to be a highly competitive weekend between the sport’s top three teams, Fernando Alonso ended the day second fastest in the Ferrari, 0.21s behind Hamilton, with Jenson Button a further 0.078s adrift in the second McLaren.

The Red Bulls of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel rounded out the day fourth and fifth respectively, despite a rare error from the Australian in Practice 1.

Webber lost control of his RB6 at Turn 9, shooting across the kerbing and into the barrier – breaking his front-wing. The car was undamaged enough to be driven back to the pits, but took no further part in the opening session.

“”I made a mistake this morning when I got on the damp kerb,” said Webber at day’s end.

“I’ve seen a few of those over the last few years, but drivers still don’t learn – we still go out there and push!

“I clipped the ‘turf and hit the barrier, but fortunately only the front wing was damaged.

“We recovered pretty well this afternoon and got a lot of mileage in. The car ran well and we have lots of info to go through tonight.”

Rounding out the top 10 after Practice 2 were Felipe Massa (Ferrari), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Michael Schumacher (Mercedes), Paul di Resta (Force India) and Adrian Sutil (Force India).

Daniel Ricciardo ran strongly in the afternoon, besting fellow Hispania Racing Team driver Tonio Liuzzi by over 0.5s.

See below for the session results

Practice 1

Pos

Driver

Team

Time/Retired

Gap

1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.350
2 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:23.564 0.214
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:23.642 0.292
4 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:23.666 0.316
5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.772 0.422
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:24.115 0.765
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:24.250 0.900
8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:24.369 1.019
9 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:24.620 1.270
10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:25.093 1.743
11 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:25.113 1.763
12 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:25.336 1.986
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:25.357 2.007
14 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:25.836 2.486
15 Bruno Senna Renault 1:25.855 2.505
16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:25.890 2.540
17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:26.099 2.749
18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:26.124 2.774
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:26.878 3.528
20 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:27.352 4.002
21 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:28.533 5.183
22 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:28.903 5.553
23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:29.059 5.709
24 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:29.904 6.554

 Practice 2

Pos

Driver

Team

Time/Retired

Gap

1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.018
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:21.259 0.241
3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.322 0.304
4 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:21.508 0.490
5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:21.549 0.531
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:22.099 1.081
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:22.121 1.103
8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:22.440 1.422
9 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:22.835 1.817
10 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:22.981 1.963
11 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:23.030 2.012
12 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:23.399 2.381
13 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:23.679 2.661
14 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1:23.861 2.843
15 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:24.181 3.163
16 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:24.182 3.164
17 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:24.546 3.528
18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:24.878 3.860
19 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:24.994 3.976
20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:25.447 4.429
21 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:26.823 5.805
22 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:27.261 6.243
23 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:27.730 6.712
24 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:28.255 7.237

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