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Practice Two - Hamilton leads McLaren one-two 24 Jul 2009

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4/24.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Budapest, Hungary, Friday, 24 July 2009 Massa gets bombarded by stones as he ploughs through a gravel trap Jenson Button (GBR) Brawn Grand Prix BGP 001.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Budapest, Hungary, Friday, 24 July 2009

Lewis Hamilton bounced back in style for McLaren in Friday’s second practice session here at the Hungaroring. His team mate Heikki Kovalainen had been fastest for much of the session with 1m 22.126s, but right at the end Hamilton pipped that with 1m 22.079s.

Nico Rosberg ran them close for Williams with 1m 22.154s, then came Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel in their Red Bulls on 1m 22.369s and 1m 22.550s, sandwiching Kazuki Nakajima on 1m 22.426s in the second Williams.

Rubens Barrichello was Brawn’s lead runner in seventh on 1m 22.641s, ahead of Toyota’s Jarno Trulli on 1m 22.663s and BMW Sauber’s Nick Heidfeld on 1m 22.690s. Timo Glock in the second Toyota completed the top 10 in 1m 22.751s. Both Toyota drivers encountered problems, with Trulli at one stage stranded on the course when his TF109 stopped.

Kimi Raikkonen was 11th for Ferrari with 1m 22.763s, followed by Fernando Alonso for Renault on 1m 22.793s, while Jenson Button was only 13th in the second Brawn, on 1m 22.806s. The Englishman set that time quite early in the session and did not improve as he focused on race preparation. BMW Sauber’s Robert Kubica was 14th on 1m 22.870s, and those below 1m 23s were completed by Renault’s Nelson Piquet on 1m 22.927s and Force India’s Adrian Sutil on 1m 22.978s.

Ferrari’s Felipe Massa had an interesting afternoon visiting the scenery and was 18th on 1m 23.156s, just ahead of Sebastien Buemi on 1m 23.176s, and just behind Force India’s Giancarlo Fisichella (1m 23.029). Buemi’s new team mate Jaime Alguersuari continued to climb his learning curve, lapping his STR4 in a respectable 1m 23.942s.

There was plenty of off-course action, with some drivers repeatedly straying from the grey stuff as they pushed the limits. Massa, Alguersuari, Buemi, Vettel, Rosberg, Hamilton, Piquet, Webber, Raikkonen, Kovalainen and Sutil all ran into run-off areas, while Barrichello spun in Turn 12.