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Webber keeps Red Bull on top in final practice

Mark Webber heads Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel in final practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Mark Webber picked up where Red Bull Racing team-mate Sebastian Vettel had left off on Friday, setting the fastest time of final free practice to keep the Milton Keynes team on top heading into qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Although Vettel's chances of bettering the Australian's weekend-best mark of 1min 19.574secs were hampered by traffic late in the hour-long session, Webber was unmovable at the front of the field, eventually enjoying a near half-second advantage over his team-mate as Red Bull again showed that it is the team to beat at the Hungaroring, with third-placed Fernando Alonso fully 1.1secs off the pace.

Behind the Spaniard, things were a lot closer, even if they continued to make tough reading for McLaren. Robert Kubica claimed fourth position for Renault, three-tenths off Alonso, but ahead of Felipe Massa as the world championship leaders failed to crack the top five. Lewis Hamilton was only sixth fastest on 1min 21.376secs, with Jenson Button again back in ninth. Just a tenth of a second separated the two Britons, however, despite Vitaly Petrov and Nico Rosberg squeezing between them.

Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the top ten for Williams, narrowly ahead of team-mate Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher. Behind the seven-time world champion, the Sauber, Toro Rosso and Force India teams lined up two-by-two, while Lucas di Grassi claimed newcomer honours for a Virgin team confident that it can take the fight to Lotus in Budapest.

There were few problems in the session, the occasional spin aside, but Tonio Liuzzi's running was cut short by a split driveshaft boot that prompted the Force India team to protect the Italian's gearbox before qualifying. The Silverstone-based team have also removed its development floor and diffuser after trying it for the first time on Friday, while Ferrari has apparently discarded its F-duct for this race after finding its F10 quicker without it. McLaren is now the only team persevering with the system at one of the more technical tracks on the schedule.



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Friday, Robert Kubica (POL), Renault F1 Team, R30
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Sebastian Vettel says goodbye to Red Bull. Pic credit: Red Bull Racing
Sebastian Vettel says goodbye to Red Bull. Pic credit: Red Bull Racing
Sebastian Vettel says goodbye to Red Bull. Pic credit: Red Bull Racing
Sebastian Vettel says goodbye to Red Bull. Pic credit: Red Bull Racing
Sebastian Vettel says goodbye to Red Bull. Pic credit: Red Bull Racing
Sebastian Vettel says goodbye to Red Bull. Pic credit: Red Bull Racing
Sebastian Vettel says goodbye to Red Bull. Pic credit: Red Bull Racing
Sebastian Vettel says goodbye to Red Bull
Sebastian Vettel in the F2012 during a day testing at Fiorano
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10.
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Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10 running sensor equipment on the rear wing.
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Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10 running sensor equipment on the rear wing.
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Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10.
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Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing.
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(L to R): Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing with Dr Helmut Marko (AUT) Red Bull Motorsport Consultant.
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Mr B - Unregistered

July 31, 2010 1:05 PM

I think that a lot of Mclarens pace this season has come from the F-duct. I think if you removed the device from all the cars the Mclaren would drop back into the midfield on performance. I think that's what we are seeing this weekend is that the F-duct isn't being so useful in terms of performance and Mclaren are suffering as a result. Perhaps they designed the device into their car so much that they compromised aero?



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