Updated: 27/07/2012 11:15 | By pa.press.net

McLaren set early pace



Lewis Hamilton, right, and Jenson Button, left, led the way during the first practice ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton, right, and Jenson Button, left, led the way during the first practice ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix

McLaren scored a second successive one-two in first practice as Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button set the pace ahead of Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix.

A week ago in Germany it was Button who led the way from Hamilton as McLaren hit the ground running at Hockenheim, with their cars sporting a raft of new upgrades. Considerable improvement was made in Germany, only for heavy rain in qualifying to compromise their starting positions as the team discovered to their horror a lack of performance in the wet.

But under clear blue skies at the Hungaroring, and with air and track temperatures at 26 and 37 degrees respectively, the British duo were comfortably quickest in the opening 90 minutes as Hamilton finished with a lap of one minute 22.821secs.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, now 34 points clear of Red Bull's Mark Webber at the top of the season standings after his win in Germany, was the nearest challenger but over half a second behind Hamilton.

Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher were fourth and sixth, the seven-times champion a second down, sandwiching Romain Grosjean in his Lotus.

Ferrari's Felipe Massa and Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen were just behind Schumacher, with Williams' reserve Valtteri Bottas again putting in another solid Friday morning outing to finish ninth, 1.331secs down.

Webber and Vettel were 13th and 15th, but with the duo opting for heavier fuel runs and with much more to come, with Force India's Paul di Resta in 14th and complaining of his car being difficult to drive.

At the bottom, HRT reserve Dani Clos - standing in for Narain Karthikeyan - was 5.355secs behind Hamilton and just over a second down on team-mate Pedro de la Rosa.

15Comments
27/07/2012 12:14
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Practice doesnt really tell the viewer a great deal especially as Mclaren have recently done well in the early practice sessions only later to fall away. Lets see were they are at the end of qualifying and more importantly the race!
27/07/2012 17:28
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Yet again becomming a dating site. why cant you sad B.s.ards just p..s off and go to the sad life sites

 

27/07/2012 17:41
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Hamilton and button may set the pace but they cant win the race

27/07/2012 15:34
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How can they be ENGLISH drivers' , one lives (& pays TAX inn Monaco) , the other  lives ( & pays TAX in Switzerland)  At least Mark WEBBER lives in OXFORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. ps Who keeps patting Hamilton on the top of his head.
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been on the sun bed to long lewis that's whets she told me bit limp wont make it round shame you will have to take yourself in hand
27/07/2012 13:31
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yes   top   now  for  english  drives   but  in the  race  thay   bottle  it  and  some  just   get  mad   if   he  not   in the  first   3   in the  race  ???
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