Red Bull stamped their authority on the first free practice for Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix, despite technical maladies for World Champion Sebastian Vettel early on in a session that saw temperatures soar to 37c. Mark Webber backed up his German team mate in 2nd place after shouldering the bulk of the Austrian team’s practice workload.
McLaren’s Sergio Perez set the early pace during the first part of the session, and remarkably with a mere half hour left on the clock his time was still comfortably in the top 5 runners. The morning saw the first stirrings of a revival for the battered Woking-based team who challenged Ferrari and Lotus for the outright quickest laptime, but it was Alonso who made the early breakthrough into low 1:23s.
Vettel spent much of the 1 hour 30 minutes inside his garage with mechanical problems, while potential 2014 team mate Kimi Raikkonen had an eventful morning in his Lotus. The Finn successfully extinguished an airbox fire out on the circuit before reporting his foot was ‘covered in water’, leading to suspicion a hydraulic line had ruptured. He continued with his program however after race engineer Ciaron Pilbeam assured him his telemetry ‘looks okay’; it wasn’t the end for the Iceman though, as his morning ended with a slow rear puncture that saw him crawling back to the pits and probably glad to be out of the car.
Mercedes used the time to focus on long run pace on the new, improved Pirelli rubber introduced this weekend, while other leading teams followed suit in the last 10 minutes of the session.
Free Practice 2 is at 13:00 GMT.
CLASSIFICATION – FREE PRACTICE ONE – HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX
|18||Di Resta||Force India||+1.885|
|20||Van Der Garde||Caterham||+4.085|