Red Bull dominates first practice in Hungary

Red Bull Racing firmly laid the gauntlet down to its rivals, as Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber dominated the opening practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Although Webber had led the way for most of the session, it was Vettel who would eventually secure top honours with a time only a tenth faster.

The German may well have gone even faster, but found that his final two laps were spoiled thanks to traffic and driver error.

Third-placed Robert Kubica (Renault) was over a second adrift of the leader’s time, but found himself with 0.4 of a second in hand over Jenson Button in fourth – the latter having waited until the hour mark before emerging in his McLaren.

Lewis Hamilton, however, had a disappointing session and could only set the eighteenth fastest time.

Meanwhile, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was seventh, with Felipe Massa, returning to the scene of last year’s life-threatening accident, was twelfth.

The session passed without too much drama, with a spin from Renault’s Vitaly Petrov the only cause for concern.

With Red Bull’s pace looking ominous for the rest of the weekend, its rivals better hope that they can improve in this afternoon’s session.

Pos  Driver         Team                   Time              Laps
1.   Vettel         Red Bull-Renault       1:20.976            29
2.   Webber         Red Bull-Renault       1:21.106  + 0.130   27
3.   Kubica         Renault                1:22.072  + 1.096   21
4.   Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1:22.444  + 1.468   17
5.   Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth      1:22.601  + 1.625   25
6.   de la Rosa     Sauber-Ferrari         1:22.764  + 1.788   24
7.   Alonso         Ferrari                1:22.772  + 1.796   25
8.   Rosberg        Mercedes               1:22.777  + 1.801   25
9.   Schumacher     Mercedes               1:22.792  + 1.816   26
10.  Hulkenberg    Williams-Cosworth       1:22.966  + 1.990   25
11.  Sutil         Force India-Mercedes    1:23.003  + 2.027   19
12.  Massa         Ferrari                 1:23.007  + 2.031   26
13.  Petrov        Renault                 1:23.249  + 2.273   24
14.  Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari          1:23.327  + 2.351   23
15.  di Resta      Force India-Mercedes    1:23.520  + 2.544   19
16.  Buemi         Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1:23.780  + 2.804   22
17.  Alguersuari   Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1:23.868  + 2.892   28
18.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes        1:24.075  + 3.099   15
19.  Trulli        Lotus-Cosworth          1:25.032  + 4.056   22
20.  Kovalainen    Lotus-Cosworth          1:25.210  + 4.234   23
21.  Glock         Virgin-Cosworth         1:25.990  + 5.014   21
22.  di Grassi     Virgin-Cosworth         1:26.686  + 5.710   17
23.  Senna         HRT-Cosworth            1:26.990  + 6.014   34
24.  Yamamoto      HRT-Cosworth            1:28.157  + 7.181   24