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Red Bull leave rivals trailing in Hungarian GP practice

HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX
Venue: Hungaroring Dates: 30 July-1 August 2010 Coverage: Comprehensive live coverage of Friday practice, Saturday qualifying and Sunday's race - which starts at 1300 BST - across BBC TV, radio and online platforms. Full listings here

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Highlights - Hungarian GP second practice

By Richard Rae

Red Bull left their rivals trailing during Friday's practice sessions for Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix.

Although Ferrari closed the gap slightly in the afternoon in comparison to the first session, Red Bull - led by Sebastian Vettel - were in control.

The German's best time of one minute 20.087 seconds was almost half a second faster than Fernando Alonso.

A further half-second back, McLaren appear to be facing a battle with Renault to be the third fastest team.

Those who hoped the results of first practice, which finished with both Red Bulls the best part of a second clear of the field, might be misleading, were swiftly disabused of the notion.

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With the track slightly cooler than during the morning's running, Vettel and Webber continued to lead the way, swapping fastest times before Vettel, on super soft tyres, set a target that his Australian team-mate, hampered by traffic, failed to match.

Alonso, also on the super soft tyre and on a clean run, found enough to split the Red Bulls, and with Felipe Massa in fourth, almost nine-tenths off Vettel's pace, the Spaniard appears to be the only serious threat to Red Bull's dominance.

McLaren, with Lewis Hamilton sixth fastest behind Renault's Vitaly Petrov, and Jenson Button ninth, behind Petrov's team-mate Robert Kubica and Williams' Nico Hulkenberg, endured one of their most discouraging days of the season.

A dispirited Hamilton acknowledged how far behind his Woking-based team appears to be falling.

"They've just got faster. As you saw in the last race they got faster and they've got faster again and we've not made any steps in the last couple of weekends, so it's tough," said Hamilton.

"It's seems I'm [losing time] everywhere, it really does. It feels great around the corners, and then you start to push more to close the gap and then the car really starts to be on the ragged edge but I think it's just downforce, their car is just on rails.

Lewis Hamilton

McLaren not fast enough - Hamilton

"But we have to keep pushing, as there will be times hopefully for them in the year when they're not doing so well so we just have to stay focused."

Button was equally downbeat. "The Red Bulls seem to be in a league of their own, but the Ferrari was very strong," said the world champion.

"The car isn't too bad around here. I just don't know where those guys are getting their performance from."

However Alonso insisted the gap between Red Bull and Ferrari was not as big as it appeared to be.

"I think we're very happy as we know Friday means very little," said the Spaniard.

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"We concentrated on some new components in P1 and some tyre tests in free practice two, and so we did not have time to set up performance, which we'll do overnight, so tomorrow is the time to deliver not today.

"Today we have a slower pace than Red Bull, but when you can see also the conditions they were running, and the conditions we were running, and the traffic, we remain confident that the difference is not as big as it seems.

"But obviously they seem stronger than Hockenheim, and so we know we need to do something good tonight if we want to fight for pole tomorrow."

Vettel too warned Red Bull might not have things all their own way.

Red Bull duo happy with car set-up

Red Bull duo happy with car set-up

"This afternoon it was tighter, and the Ferraris will be quick again on Saturday, while McLaren have proven many times this year they can take a step forward from Friday to Saturday - but the car feels good," he said.

Webber pointed out that fuel loads may have been a factor but unsurprisingly admitted he was looking forward to qualifying.

Sebastian Vettel

Highlights - Hungarian GP first practice



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