Vettel ends Hungarian Friday on top
26 July 2013 – Sebastian Vettel retained his position at the top of the timesheets during second free practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday afternoon. With a time of 1:21.264, posted on the Soft tyres, the Red Bull driver led team-mate Mark Webber by 0.044 seconds, while Romain Grosjean completed the top three for Lotus.
Following on seamlessly from opening practice, Vettel and Webber controlled the pace during the early Medium tyre runs, with the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa in close company. And when the switch to Options arrived shortly before the half-hour mark, the Red Bull pairing stayed ahead with rapid timed runs.
Grosjean posed the biggest challenge to the reigning World Champions in this phase, the Frenchman ending up just over one tenth of a second slower than Webber. Lotus team-mate Kimi Räikkönen would arguably have joined him at the front, but the Finn encountered persistent traffic in the form of McLaren driver Jenson Button, who was completing a long run.
Alonso and Massa thus took third and fourth respectively, confirming strong pace on both compounds. Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were next up, continuing to rack up crucial mileage after their team's ban from the Young Driver Test.
Räikkönen ultimately finished eighth, salvaging a respectable time on his third timed attempt. Button and Force India's Adrian Sutil followed in ninth and tenth positions, denying team-mates Paul di Resta and Sergio Pérez of a place inside the top ten.
At the tail end of the order, Charles Pic shone again for Caterham, clocking a time over seven tenths faster than team-mate Giedo van der Garde. Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton brought up the rear for Marussia, the latter one and a half seconds adrift.
Saturday morning's final practice session at the Hungaroring begins at 11am local time (GMT +2) and can be tracked via the GPUpdate.net live report feature