Vettel leads Red Bull practice one-two

Vettel leads Red Bull practice one-two

Formula 1

Vettel leads Red Bull practice one-two


Sebastian Vettel set the pace in the opening practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix as Red Bull started its weekend in perfect fashion.

The world champion and teammate Mark Webber were the only two drivers capable of lapping the Hungaroring circuit in less than 83 seconds, with Vettel’s 1m22.723s good enough to secure the top spot.

Webber finished 0.259sec behind, with Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen in third, less than a tenth behind the Australian. Fernando Alonso was fourth quickest in the Ferrari, while Raikkonen’s teammate Romain Grosjean completed a top five covered by less than 0.4sec.

Jenson Button was the quickest McLaren driver in sixth, ahead of Force India’s Adrian Sutil and the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg. teammate Lewis Hamilton, last year’s polesitter in Hungary, finished down in 13th.

Rosberg, in need of running to make up for missing the Silverstone test, was the first of the front-runners,and the second driver overall, to completed a timed lap, over half an hour after the session had started.

The German’s run prompted several others to jump onto the track, with Raikkonen quickly moving to the top of the times with a lap of 1m24m.056s. That was bettered by Perez, the first man to lap in the 1m23s, the Mexican soon joined by Webber and Pastor Maldonado.

With less than 40 minutes left, Alonso moved to the top of times in the Ferrari as he completed his first full run of the morning.

Vettel, who only completed installation laps to that point, managed his first timed lap with some 20 minutes of the session left, moving to ninth position. But both the German and teammate Webber upped their pace in the following minutes, with Vettel setting a new benchmark of 1m22.723s, over two tenths quicker than what the Australian had manged moments earlier. No other driver ran in the 1m22s and the Red Bull duo stayed on top.

The only incident of note during the session was a spin by Jean-Eric Vergne with eight minutes to go. The Toro Rosso driver resumed without further drama.

Pos  Driver               Team/Car              Time       Gap     Laps 1.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault      1m22.723s           19 2.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault      1m22.982s  +0.259s  24 3.  Kimi Raikkonen       Lotus-Renault         1m23.010s  +0.287s  20 4.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari               1m23.099s  +0.376s  22 5.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault         1m23.111s  +0.388s  20 6.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes      1m23.370s  +0.647s  26 7.  Adrian Sutil         Force India-Mercedes  1m23.390s  +0.667s  20 8.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes              1m23.531s  +0.808s  28 9.  Sergio Perez         McLaren-Mercedes      1m23.591s  +0.868s  2610.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Renault      1m23.911s  +1.188s  2111.  Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari        1m24.119s  +1.396s  2112.  Valtteri Bottas      Williams-Renault      1m24.150s  +1.427s  2713.  Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes              1m24.157s  +1.434s  2814.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m24.204s  +1.481s  1515.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari               1m24.299s  +1.576s  1916.  Nico Hulkenberg      Sauber-Ferrari        1m24.314s  +1.591s  2317.  Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m24.383s  +1.660s  2418.  Paul di Resta        Force India-Mercedes  1m24.608s  +1.885s  2119.  Charles Pic          Caterham-Renault      1m25.827s  +3.104s  2420.  Giedo van der Garde  Caterham-Renault      1m26.808s  +4.085s  2521.  Jules Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth     1m27.617s  +4.894s  2022.  Rodolfo Gonzalez     Marussia-Cosworth     1m28.927s  +6.204s  25