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Hungarian GP 2011

JULY 29, 2011

Practice 1 Report - Lewis Hamilton fastest in Hungarian GP first session

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.