Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Hungaroring, 2013

Vettel quickest despite brake problem

2013 Hungarian Grand Prix first practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Hungaroring, 2013Sebastian Vettel was quickest in the first practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix as the Red Bull drivers headed the times.

Vettel set a best lap of 1’22.723 when he returned to the track in the second half of the session. He sat out much of the early running when a brake problem was discovered on his RB9 during his first run.

Kimi Raikkonen was third quickest but also experienced a series of niggling problems in his Lotus. A brief airbox fire was extinguished but Raikkonen then complained of having moisture in his footwell.

In the final minutes of the session he was told to slowly return to the pits as his right-rear tyre developed a slow puncture.

Romain Grosjean was also well up for Lotus, within a tenth of a second of his team mate, the pair separated by Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.

Jenson Button was an encouraging sixth for McLaren ahead of Adrian Sutil, with Nico Rosberg the highest of the Mercedes drivers in eighth.

The top ten was completed by Sergio Perez and Pastor Maldonado. The session ran in hot conditions with track temperatures reaching 45C by the end of the 90 minutes.

Jean-Eric Vergne had a high-speed spin at turn four but managed not to hit anything, and Jules Bianchi lost some running earlier in the session with a KERS fault.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’22.723 19
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’22.982 0.259 24
3 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’23.010 0.287 20
4 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’23.099 0.376 22
5 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’23.111 0.388 20
6 5 Jenson Button McLaren 1’23.370 0.647 26
7 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’23.390 0.667 20
8 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’23.531 0.808 28
9 6 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’23.591 0.868 26
10 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’23.911 1.188 21
11 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’24.119 1.396 21
12 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’24.150 1.427 27
13 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’24.157 1.434 28
14 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’24.204 1.481 15
15 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’24.299 1.576 19
16 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’24.314 1.591 23
17 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’24.383 1.660 24
18 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’24.608 1.885 21
19 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’25.827 3.104 24
20 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’26.808 4.085 25
21 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’27.617 4.894 20
22 23 Rodolfo Gonzalez Marussia-Cosworth 1’28.927 6.204 25

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