McLaren one-two in first Hungarian practice
27 July 2012 – Lewis Hamilton and McLaren started as they meant to continue in Hungary on Friday, heading Jenson Button for a one-two finish in first practice. In a warm and dry session, Lotus was able to make the most of its new Super DRS as Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean completed the top five runners.
The McLaren was visibly updated further, following on from the developments of Hockenheim. This time, the most obvious enhancements were slots in the sidepods of Hamilton and Button, helping the former to his best effort of 1:22.821 which edged out his team-mate by one tenth of a second. Championship leader Alonso was inside the top trio, but half a second down on the leading time; how much of this difference will translate to qualifying remains to be seen, as car setups are yet to be fine-tuned.
On the other hand, Britain’s Paul di Resta was struggling to get to grips with his car in the final three corners; curiously, the Scot eluded to rear blowing, suggesting that Force India has also modified its engine maps and exhaust settings in-line with the latest FIA communiqué. The single incident came at 11 o’clock, as Pastor Maldonado avoided Heikki Kovalainen at Turn 10, taking a trip through the gravel trap in the process. There was also trouble in the pit lane as Pedro de la Rosa’s HRT stopped with heavily smoking brakes.
Conditions are set to remain dry on Saturday, but there is a genuine chance of scattered thunderstorms for race day. This afternoon’s second practice session – expected to witness track temperatures in the early 40s - will also last for 90 minutes.
Second practice begins at 2pm local time (BST +1) and can also be tracked through the interactive GPUpdate.net Live Report