Practice one - Ferrari dominate opening session 01 Aug 2008
Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen led Friday mornings first practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix, from the McLarens of Heikki Kovalainen and Lewis Hamilton. Massa's Ferrari sported the team's new shark-fin engine cover and the Brazilian lapped it in 1m 20.981s to head his team mate by 0.364s. Raikkonen posted 1m 21.345s.
Neither McLaren ran the new nose that is being prepared for this race, with BMW Sauber-type delta wings, and Kovalainen got closest to the red cars with 1m 21.410s. Hamiltons best was 1m 21.535s.
Fernando Alonso continued Renaults recent upward trend with the fifth fastest time of 1m 21.802s, and Toyotas Timo Glock was the final runner below 1m 22s, with 1m 21.931s. The German says he has no ill effects after his recent big shunt at Hockenheim.
Robert Kubica was seventh for BMW Sauber on 1m 22.267s, to head Renaults Nelson Piquet (1m 22.326s), BMW Saubers Nick Heidfeld (1m 22.370s), Toyotas Jarno Trulli (1m 22.457s), the Red Bulls of Mark Webber (1m 22.654s) and David Coulthard (1m 22.700s), Toro Rossos Sebastien Bourdais (1m 22.900s) and Hondas Jenson Button (1m 22.917s).
Rubens Barrichello was 15th on 1m 23.093s in the second Honda, followed by Williams duo Nico Rosberg (1m 23.147s) and Kazuki Nakajima (1m 23.274s) and the Force Indias of Adrian Sutil (1m 23.353s) and Giancarlo Fisichella (1m 23.459s). At the back, Sebastian Vettel recorded 1m 23.923s for Toro Rosso before an engine failure brought him to a halt by Turn Five.
There was little action for the first half hour as everybody waited for somebody else to go out and use up their tyres cleaning the green track. Trulli spun his Toyota in Turn One, and Sutil went off briefly in Turn 12.
The track will get faster this afternoon, as it rubbers in, bringing times closer to Hamiltons 2007 pole mark of 1m 19.674s.