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Vettel takes first blood in opening Hungarian GP practice

26 July 2013

Sebastian Vettel headed a Red Bull 1-2 in the first F1 session of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend, as teams got to run with the new Pirelli tyres for the first time in anger since last week's Young Driver Test.

Vettel, who comes into this weekend looking to extend his 34 lead in the Drivers' Championship and notch up his fifth win of the year, set the marker, a 1 minute 22.723 seconds, in the final third of the 90 minute session.

It left him 0.259 seconds up on team-mate, Mark Webber, the only other man to break into the 1m 22s bracket.

Kimi Raikkonen meanwhile was 'best of the rest' for Lotus, only 0.028 seconds off Webber in P2, despite a brief air-box fire, a leaky water bottle and a slow puncture. Romain Grosjean also went well in the other E21 and was fifth, leaving Ferrari's Fernando Alonso very much the 'meat' in a Lotus sandwich.

Behind, Jenson Button gave McLaren a small boost and finished up sixth, three spots ahead of team-mate, Sergio Perez in ninth.

Force India's Adrian Sutil and Mercedes man Nico Rosberg came in seventh and eighth, the latter spending the session focusing more on the race and doing as many laps as possible as Mercedes look to make up ground after missing the Silverstone test. Rosberg did 28 tours in total - his best effort a 1m 23.531s, leaving him 0.808 seconds off the pace. Team-mate Lewis Hamilton also did 28 laps, but his best left him down in 13th.

Pastor Maldonado rounded out the top-ten for Williams, with Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez and the sister car of Valtteri Bottas 11th and 12th.

Of the rest, Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo were only 14th and 17th - the former spinning at Turn 4 late on, with Ferrari #2 Felipe Massa and Sauber man Nico Hulkenberg positioned in between in 15th and 16th respectively.

Then came Force India's Paul di Resta and the newer teams, Caterham's Charles Pic and Giedo van van der Garde 19th and 20th, with the Marussia's of Jules Bianchi and reserve driver, Rodolfo Gonzalez bring up the rear. Gonzalez was the first driver to set a time, with the first 30 minutes void of hardly any track activity.

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