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Vettel Dominates Friday Practice In Hungary

BUDAPEST,
Hungary- Even after his triumph at home just three weeks ago, Sebastian Vettel
proved that a break does not stop him as the Three time world champion and
series leader set both fastest times of the two Friday practice sessions for
Sunday’s Grand Prix of Hungary at the Hungaroring.

The German
just edged out his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber in the latter session, with a
top time of 1:21:264 with Lotus driver Romain Grosjean making it a three car
sweep for its Renault powered vehicles by placing in third.

For the
opening session set in perfect weather, the same result occurred as both Vettel
and Webber were one -two for Red Bull, while Kimi Raikkonen was the third
quickest in the other Lotus. Vettel’s top time in this session was a 1:22:723. Although his chances are over for next year’s
Red Bull second seat, Jean-Eric Vergne ended up in 14th but spun in
turn four and luckily the Frenchman just stopped before he hit the barriers.
Mercedes, who was banned from the last young driver’s test last week in
Silverstone, England, because of its penalty for testing tires after the
Spanish Grand Prix, came out with no knowledge of what could happen with new
Pirelli rubber, and it showed as Nico Rosberg finished in eighth and only got
one installation lap after spending the first half hour in the garage. As for
his English teammate, Lewis Hamilton, there was not much more improvement as he
locked up at turn two and ran wide many times.

In the last
session of the day, Raikkonen fell back and finished in eighth, complaining
mostly of blistering on his tires when running on high fuel loads. Besides the
Red Bull and the Lotus teams, Ferrari was also in the hunt, with Fernando
Alonso finishing fourth in the final session, recording a 1:21:426, while
teammate Felipe Massa was right behind him, a tenth back of the Spaniard.

The Saturday
qualifying session seems to be favoring Red Bull and being challenged by Lotus,
Ferrari and possibly Mercedes for the top grid positions.

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