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Hamilton heads McLaren 1-2.

After Heikki Kovalainen led the way in the opening practice session for this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton got in on the act and gave McLaren its first sweep of the 'honours' this season, leading his Finnish team-mate in an overall 1-2.

Kovalainen had looked set to steal both sessions as he returned to the site of first - and so far only - grand prix win, but Hamilton popped up at the end of the 90 minutes to knock his team-mate off top spot. The Briton improved on his first session time by half a second as 19 of the 20 drivers found gains as the track began to rubber in, but only headed Kovalainen by 0.047secs - a hundredth less than separated the Finn from Nico Rosberg first time around.

The German remained in the mix by taking third place - indeed the top five featured the same drivers but in a different order - and again lapped within a tenth of the outright pace, while Mark Webber and Kazuki Nakajima took fourth and fifth, just as they had in FP1.

Having trailed in the morning session, Sebastian Vettel and Rubens Barrichello improved their lot by claiming sixth and seventh overall, but Jenson Button's early three-tenth improvement actually saw him drop three places in the final reckoning, ending the day in 13th spot. Jarno Trulli, who had to wait for his ailing car to be recovered before returning to the track and posting an improvement, Nick Heidfeld and Timo Glock completed the top ten, while Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso both sat ahead of the points leader on the timesheets as Brawn turned it attention to raceday preparation.

The only driver not to improve on his first session time was Felipe Massa, who had looked on course to take a famous win in the 2008 race only to be denied within three laps of the flag. The Brazilian completed 32 laps without reporting any major problem, but led the way when it came to exploring beyond the boundaries of the circuit. Ferrari team-mate Raikkonen, both McLarens, the two Red Bulls, Barrichello, Rosberg and newcomer Jaime Alguersuari all joined the Brazilian in discovering just how little grip was available, even after GP2 practice.

Alguersuari's debut, meanwhile, continued without major drama, the Spaniard ending the day at the foot of the timesheets, but now 1.8secs from the pace.



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mark - Unregistered

July 24, 2009 4:52 PM

So at last mclaren are starting to show some pace, but i think we shoudl wait and see what they can do in qualifying before we count our chickens before they are hatched.



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