Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel set an impressive pace as Red Bull dominated practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday with Pirellis new tyres looking very much to their liking. The German,fresh from victory in his home race at the Nuerburgring three weeks ago,was quickest in both sessions ahead of Australian team mate Mark Webber with a best lap in the afternoon of one minute 21.264 seconds.
If he had done that in qualifying last year at the slow Hungaroring circuit,the 26-year-old championship leader would have been on the front row of the grid. Vettels morning time of 1:22.723 was already a warning sign on a hot and cloudless morning with air temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius and track temperatures a sizzling 44.
Lotuss Kimi Raikkonen who could be Vettels team mate next year was third fastest in the first session with Ferraris Fernando Alonso fourth on the timesheets.
The top five drivers were separated by less than three-tenths of a second in the afternoon when Raikkonens French team mate Romain Grosjean was third quickest to underscore Lotuss potential. Alonso,Vettels closest title rival with 34 points to make up after nine of the 19 races,was again fourth.