Hungarian GP - Friday - Practice Session 1 Report

Lewis Hamilton fastest in Hungarian GP first session

Lewis Hamilton, Hungarian GP 2011

Lewis Hamilton, Hungarian GP 2011 

 Martin Trenkler, for Granprix.com

German GP winner Lewis Hamilton got his Hungarian race weekend off to a strong start when he topped the first session of free practice for Sunday's race with a lap in 1:23.350, a couple of tenths faster than championship leader Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull (1:23.564).

Fernando Alonso (1:23.642) was third fastest as the drivers came to terms with a typically slippery first day Hungaroring surface. One driver caught out by it was Mark Webber, who ran wide at Turn 9 and spun into the inside barrier, wiping off the nose and puncturing the left front tyre. Webber had posted fourth best time (1:23.666) and the team is now investigating the full extent of the damage.

Jenson Button (1:23.772), intent on making up for two DNFs in a row at Silverstone and Nurburgring, posted fifth best time (1:23.772) ahead of Felipe Massa's Ferrari (1:24.115).

The Mercedes pair were next up, Nico Rosberg lapping in 1:24.250 and Michael Schumacher in 1:24.369, the seven times champion reporting too much understeer. Sergio Perez (1:24.620) was ninth with the first of the Sauber C30s, with Vitaly Petrov completing the top 10 (1:25.093).

Joining the Russian in place of Nick Heidfeld in Hungary is Bruno Senna, having his first outing for Lotus Renault GP. The Brazilian played himself in with a 1:25.855 lap, 0.76s behind Petrov's pace.


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