Practice 1: Hamilton fastest as Webber shunts

Lewis Hamilton has been unbeatable on day one of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend

Lewis Hamilton has been unbeatable on day one of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend

Jul.29 (PVM) German Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton relishes back to back race weekends,  itching to get behind the wheel of his McLaren MP4-26 and when he did, for the opening free practice session of the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest, he was again top of the timing screens when the chequered flag fell to bring the session to an end.

Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB7 with a damaged front nose in the first practice session. Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Budapest, Hungary, Friday 29 July 2011.

Mark Webber returns to the pits after damaging his Red Bull RB7

His time of  1 minute 23..350 seconds was 0.214 faster than Red Bull‘s Sebastian Vettel who ended the session second fastest ahead of Ferrari‘s Fernando Alonso.

Early drama struck – just after the hour – when Mark Webber got onto the dirt exiting Turn 9, lost control and speared into the barrier causing damage to the front end of the RB7 – he drove back to the pits but new nose cone, front wing and several suspension bits will be required… and no lunch for his crew.

Red Bull on Twitter: “Fear not, Webber fans. Mark’s car will be fixed in time for FP2.” The Australian was fourth quickest despite missing the last half hour.

Jenson Button was next up, fifth fastest, looking far more at ease in the opening 90 minutes in Budapest than he looked all weekend in Germany. The Briton, celebrating his 200th Grand Prix weekend, was less than half a second off his pace setting team mate’s time.

Half a second down on his Ferrari team mate was Felipe Massa who ended the session sixth quickest ahead of the Silver Arrows pair.

Bruno Senna (BRA) Lotus Renault GP R31 Test Driver. Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Budapest, Hungary, Friday 29 July 2011.

Bruno Senna made his FP1 debut with Renault

Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher, seventh and eighth respectively, were within a second of the top time despite struggling with set-up in the first session of the weekend. Schumacher was particularly struggling with too much rear grip and consequent over-steer.

Fastest rookie was Sergio Perez who ended the session ninth fastest, with team mate Kamui Kobayashi 11th.

Splitting the two Saubers and rounding out the top ten was Vitaly Petrov in the Renault.

Making his first appearance in Friday practice for Renault was Bruno Senna who gave a good account of himself, finishing 15th on the timing sheets – 0.762 seconds down on Petrov’s best.

Nico Hulkenberg was on duty for Force India, clocking the 13th best time, fractionally slower than Paul di Resta in the sister car.

Back in his Lotus cockpit was Jarno Trulli, who was substituted for the German GP, and ended the session 20th and slower than his team mate Heikki Kovalainen.

Lewis Hamilton at Hungarian GP *** Local Caption *** +++ +++ copyright: HOCH ZWEI +++

Lewis Hamilton looking up for a good scrap in Budapest

Friday times tend to be deceptive but we can ascertain that Hungary is set to be another three team battle between reigning world champions Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren while Mercedes GP could well be in for one of their better showings of the year.

Hamilton is totally fired up from his ‘Ring triumph and was in ‘go very fast’ mode from the moment he hit the Hungaroring tarmac. His impatient attack of Jaime Alguersuari late in the session was a clear indication that the Briton means business.

The 2008 world champion is guaranteed to feature prominently in the headlines during the course of this weekend – and has already – starting with the first session!

Friday, 29 July – Practice 1








1 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:23.350 19
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:23.564 0.214 24
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:23.642 0.292 29
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:23.666 0.316 12
5 4 Jenson Button McLaren 1:23.772 0.422 20
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:24.115 0.765 25
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:24.250 0.900 22
8 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:24.369 1.019 20
9 17 Sergio Perez Sauber 1:24.620 1.270 24
10 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:25.093 1.743 22
11 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1:25.113 1.763 21
12 15 Paul di Resta Force India 1:25.336 1.986 22
13 14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:25.357 2.007 17
14 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams 1:25.836 2.486 24
15 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1:25.855 2.505 25
16 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 1:25.890 2.540 28
17 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1:26.099 2.749 36
18 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:26.124 2.774 25
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 1:26.878 3.528 26
20 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus 1:27.352 4.002 21
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin 1:28.533 5.183
22 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin 1:28.903 5.553
23 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT 1:29.059 5.709
24 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT 1:29.904 6.554