Vettel and Red Bull stay on top

Vettel and Red Bull stay on top

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Vettel and Red Bull stay on top

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Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber secured another Red Bull one-two in the second Friday practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The German and the Australian had topped the morning session and they repeated the feat when drivers used the softer Pirelli tires in the afternoon.

Vettel led the way once more with a time of 1m21.264s as the top five drivers were covered by less than three tenths of a second. Lotus’s Romain Grosjean was the fastest of the non-Red Bull drivers ahead of the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg were sixth and seventh, respectively, as Mercedes did not show the kind of one-lap pace that has secured it the last two pole positions. Kimi Raikkonen, Jenson Button and Adrian Sutil completed the top 10 in a trouble-free session.

Vettel needed just a few minutes to move to the top of the times with the fastest lap of the weekend so far, the Red Bull driver posting a 1m22.484s 10 minutes into the running. Although Webber managed to reduce gap as the session progressed, Vettel raised the bar at the 30-minute mark and went a full 1.2 seconds quicker with Pirelli’s soft tires. The Australian reacted right away, also using the softs, move to within 0.044sec of Vettel’s time.

Rosberg’s first run on softs elevated him to third place, albeit over seven tenths of a second behind the pacesetter. Hamilton outpaced his team-mate with the yellow-marked rubber, although he too was far from Vettel’s time despite Mercedes’ single-lap pace.

Ferrari drivers Alonso and Massa relegated the Mercedes duo at the halfway point, with the Spaniard moving into third ahead of his Brazilian teammate. Both men were running with the soft tires. Grosjean then got even closer to the Red Bulls, just 0.153sec behind, and jumped to third place in the Lotus.

Pos Driver                Team                    Time      Gap       Laps 1. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        1m21.264s             34 2. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault        1m21.308s  +0.044s	42 3. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault           1m21.417s  +0.153s	40 4. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 1m21.426s  +0.162s	34 5. Felipe Massa          Ferrari                 1m21.544s  +0.280s	37 6. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                1m21.802s  +0.538s	42 7. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                1m21.991s  +0.727s	40 8. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault           1m22.011s  +0.747s	32 9. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1m22.180s  +0.916s	4110. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes    1m22.304s  +1.040s	4111. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes    1m22.526s  +1.262s	3912. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes        1m22.529s  +1.265s	3713. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault        1m22.781s  +1.517s	3614. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari          1m22.837s  +1.573s	4215. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari          1m22.841s  +1.577s	3916. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1m23.369s  +2.105s	3417. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1m23.411s  +2.147s	4118. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault        1m23.646s  +2.382s	3419. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault        1m24.325s  +3.061s	3820. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault        1m25.065s  +3.801s	3621. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth       1m25.143s  +3.879s	3922. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth       1m26.647s  +5.383s	33

MX-5 CUP | ROUND 8 – WATKINS GLEN

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