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Hamilton tops practice; keeps dominating the field

The McLaren driver seems highly motivated and looks confortable at the top. Alonso marked the second best time.
Friday, July 29, 2011

BUDAPEST, Hungary, July 29, 2011 (AFP) - Lewis Hamilton picked up on Friday where he left off in Germany last Sunday by delivering the fastest times for
McLaren in both opening free practice sessions ahead of this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.

The 26-year-old Briton, who won the world title in 2008, clocked a best lap time of one minute and 21.018 seconds, to top the speed charts and endorse the
impression that he has regained top form after winning last weekend's race at the Nurburgring.

Hamilton wound up fastest ahead of two-times champion Fernando Alonso of Ferrari with his McLaren team-mate Briton Jenson Button, the 2009 champion,
third fastest.

Australian Mark Webber was fourth quickest for Red Bull ahead of his team-mate, defending champion and runaway championship leader Sebastian Vettel
of Germany with Brazilian Felipe Massa in the second Ferrari down in sixth.

German Nico Rosberg was seventh just ahead of his Mercedes team-mate and compatriot seven-times champion Michael Schumacher, 42, with Briton Paul Di Resta ninth for Force India ahead of his team-mate German Adrian Sutil.

Spaniard Alonso, on his 30th birthday, dominated the early stages of the session with successive fastest times either side of a chart-topping lap from
Button.

Alonso then broke the 1:22 barrier with a lap in 1:21.259 before Hamilton cut two tenths of a second off that time with half an hour remaining. The Red Bulls did not appear to be too interested in going for outright pace at this stage and were working on long stints and tyre testing, until the final 10 minutes when they ran on the 'super soft' rubber.

All this left many close observers analysing the weather forecasts, temperatures and potential levels of tyre wear for clues as to the underlying performance potential for qualifying on Saturday.

See results for the second practice session below:

HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX PRACTICE 2 TIMES (FP2)
POS No. DRIVER TEAM TIME GAP LAPS
1 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.018 29
2 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:21.259 0.241 40
3 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.322 0.304 34
4 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:21.508 0.490 35
5 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:21.549 0.531 31
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:22.099 1.081 40
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:22.121 1.103 36
8 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:22.440 1.422 36
9 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:22.835 1.817 40
10 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:22.981 1.963 37
11 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:23.030 2.012 34
12 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:23.399 2.381 37
13 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:23.679 2.661 34
14 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1:23.861 2.843 28
15 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:24.181 3.163 39
16 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:24.182 3.164 26
17 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:24.546 3.528 21
18 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:24.878 3.860 35
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:24.994 3.976 38
20 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:25.447 4.429 39
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:26.823 5.805 33
22 25 Jerome d'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:27.261 6.243 28
23 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:27.730 6.712 31
24 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:28.255 7.237 25

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