Lewis Hamilton on top in Hungary practice

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Saturday 28th July, 2012 - 12:00am

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Lewis Hamilton at the Budapest circuit

Lewis Hamilton at the Budapest circuit

Lewis Hamilton has dominated the opening two practice sessions ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest.

The McLaren star, driving a revised MP4-27 chassis, edged out his team-mate Jenson Button in the opening session before taking the top spot again in a weather-affected Free Practice 2.

Fernando Alonso and Ferrari proved strong, with the world title leader setting the third and fifth fastest times. The Spaniard’s team-mate Felipe Massa also had an encouraging turn of speed, beating Alonso in FP2.

Renault should also be feeling confident ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying, with Kimi Raikkonen clocking the second fastest time in FP2. His team-mate Romain Grosjean was fifth and ninth.

Williams test driver Valtteri Bottas outclassed his GP-winning team-mate Pastor Maldonado for the second FP1 session in succession, finishing 10th. Regular driver Bruno Senna assumed his place in Bottas’ car and put in an impressive performance in FP2, finishing third.

Michael Schumacher filled positions six and 10 in the two sessions, but crashed in wet conditions during Practice 2 and ended the session in the tyre wall.

Neither of Australia’s drivers Mark Webber and Daniel Ricciardo threatened the leaders during practice, with Webber down in 13th and 14th.

Practice 1

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:22.821 30
2 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:22.922 0.101 24
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:23.397 0.576 24
4 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:23.628 0.807 29
5 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:23.633 0.812 24
6 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:23.845 1.024 26
7 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:23.904 1.083 25
8 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:23.983 1.162 24
9 19 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:24.152 1.331 24
10 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:24.268 1.447 27
11 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:24.300 1.479 23
12 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:24.394 1.573 19
13 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:24.546 1.725 24
14 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:24.559 1.738 22
15 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:24.608 1.787 25
16 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:25.354 2.533 25
17 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:25.559 2.738 27
18 12 Jules Bianchi Force India-Mercedes 1:25.715 2.894 26
19 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:26.440 3.619 27
20 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:26.705 3.884 23
21 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:26.755 3.934 28
22 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:27.015 4.194 24
23 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:27.101 4.280 21
24 23 Dani Clos HRT-Cosworth 1:28.176 5.355 24

Practice 2

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.995 20
2 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:22.180 0.185 20
3 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:22.253 0.258 34
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:22.417 0.422 29
5 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:22.582 0.587 22
6 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:22.747 0.752 17
7 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:22.794 0.799 23
8 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:22.824 0.829 18
9 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:22.922 0.927 12
10 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:23.160 1.165 19
11 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:23.164 1.169 29
12 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:23.337 1.342 26
13 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:23.713 1.718 26
14 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:23.814 1.819 17
15 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:23.841 1.846 28
16 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:24.328 2.333 25
17 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:24.345 2.350 28
18 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:24.623 2.628 23
19 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:24.823 2.828 30
20 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:25.220 3.225 30
21 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:27.104 5.109 28
22 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:27.106 5.111 19
23 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:27.185 5.190 24
24 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:27.822 5.827 20

See below for Speedcafe.com’s Hungarian Grand Prix Race Guide.

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