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Friday, July 24, 2009

McLarens shine in Hungary practice

It was Heikki Kovalainen topping the first session, and Lewis Hamilton leading a McLaren 1-2 in the second as practice got under way for Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix.

F1 Grand Prix of Hungary - Practice


Kovalainen posted his best in the morning on his final lap, edging perennial Friday performer Nico Rosberg's Williams in a tight session. Hamilton was third while Mark Webber led the Brawns and Red Bulls in fourth.

In the second session, it was Hamilton edging his teammate, while Rosberg again finished in the top three.

Webber wound up fourth again, but had to wrap things up early, a victim of a hydraulics issue. Teammate Sebastian Vettel improved on his morning session to finish sixth, while Rubens Barrichello was the better of the Brawns in seventh.

Championship leader Jenson Button was 10th in the first session, 13th in the second.

Rookie Jaime Alguersuari acquitted himself well in his first action in the Toro Rosso, finishing last in both sessions, but putting up respectable times in comparison to his teammate.

Free practice times – First session
  1. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren-Mercedes, 1:22.278
  2. Nico Rosberg, Williams-Toyota, 1:22.337
  3. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes, 1:22.554
  4. Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault, 1:22.615
  5. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams-Toyota, 1:22.619
  6. Jarno Trulli, Toyota, 1:22.705
  7. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:22.796
  8. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:22.855
  9. Fernando Alonso, Renault, 1:23.001
  10. Jenson Button, Brawn-Mercedes, 1:23.130
  11. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber, 1:23.146
  12. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 1:23.154
  13. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn-Mercedes, 1:23.209
  14. Timo Glock, Toyota, 1:23.234
  15. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault, 1:23.283
  16. Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India-Mercedes, 1:23.484
  17. Nelson Piquet, Renault, 1:23.678
  18. Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes, 1:23.845
  19. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso-Ferrari, 1:23.998
  20. Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso-Ferrari, 1:24.228

Free practice times – Second session
  1. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes, 1:22.079
  2. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren-Mercedes, 1:22.126
  3. Nico Rosberg, Williams-Toyota, 1:22.154
  4. Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault, 1:22.369
  5. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams-Toyota, 1:22.426
  6. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault, 1:22.550
  7. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn-Mercedes, 1:22.641
  8. Jarno Trulli, Toyota, 1:22.663
  9. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 1:22.690
  10. Timo Glock, Toyota, 1:22.751
  11. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:22.763
  12. Fernando Alonso, Renault, 1:22.793
  13. Jenson Button, Brawn-Mercedes, 1:22.806
  14. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber, 1:22.870
  15. Nelson Piquet, Renault, 1:22.927
  16. Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes, 1:22.978
  17. Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India-Mercedes, 1:23.029
  18. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:23.156
  19. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso-Ferrari, 1:23.176
  20. Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso-Ferrari, 1:23.942


The FIA says a copy of the new Concorde Agreement has been sent to the World Motor Sport Council. Read the official statement.

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