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Practice One - McLaren dominate in Budapest 27 Jul 2012

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4-27.
Formula One World Championship, Rd11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Budapest, Hungary, Friday, 27 July 2012 Ferrari's Fernando Alonso lifts up his helmet visor on track to cool off in the boiling Hungarian heat Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes AMG F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Budapest, Hungary, Friday, 27 July 2012 Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India VJM05.
Formula One World Championship, Rd11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Budapest, Hungary, Friday, 27 July 2012

McLaren bounced back at the Hungaroring on Friday morning as Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button set the pace. 2008 world champion Hamilton was 0.101s faster than his 2009 title-winning team mate Button as they lapped half a second faster than points leader Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.

Hamilton was in command throughout the final hour, lapping his further updated MP4-27 in 1m 22.821s compared to Button’s 1m 22.922s and Alonso’s 1m 23.397s.

Behind them, a late run from Lotus’s Romain Grosjean split the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher, 1m 23.628s to 1m 23.633s to 1m 23.845s. Felipe Massa was eighth in the second Ferrari with 1m 23.904s, with Kimi Raikkonen ninth in the second Lotus on 1m 23.983s.

Yet again reserve Valtteri Bottas upstaged Pastor Maldonado at Williams, making amends for his Hockenheim gaffe when he crashed out with 10th-fastest time of 1m 24.152s, as the Venezuelan ran briefly off track avoiding another car and ended up 11th on 1m 24.300s. They were split by Sergio Perez in the lead Sauber on 1m 24.268s.

Kamui Kobayashi was 12th in the second Sauber on 1m 24.394s, chased by Mark Webber in the first of the Red Bulls on 1m 24.546s, Paul di Resta in the lead Force India on 1m 24.559s and Sebastian Vettel on 1m 24.608s in the other Red Bull. Daniel Ricciardo was again slightly ahead of Toro Rosso partner Jean-Eric Vergne, with 1m 25.354s to 1m 25.559s, Jules Bianchi was with them on 1m 25.715s in the second Force India.

Vitaly Petrov was Caterham’s leader with 1m 26.440s and Charles Pic a strong 20th for Marussia on 1m 26.705s, which edged out Heikki Kovalainen’s 1m 26.755s. At the back, Timo Glock was 22nd on 1m 27.015s from the HRTs of Pedro de la Rosa on 1m 27.101s and Dani Clos on 1m 28.176s.

It was a relatively uneventful session, and the track will be more rubbered in this afternoon.

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