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Red Bull in a class of their own in Hungary GP practice

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Red Bull in a class of their own in Hungary GP practice
Jul 30, 2010, 6:37 PM

Today's practice sessions ahead of Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix was a real wake up call for Red Bull's main rivals Ferrari and McLaren.

Today's practice sessions ahead of Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix was a real wake up call for Red Bull's main rivals Ferrari and McLaren.

Sebastian Vettel topped the times in both sessions, with a 1m 20.0 lap in the afternoon, but it was the margin of his fastest time over the next car which caught the attention. Fernando Alonso was half a second slower than Vettel in the afternoon, with Felipe Massa another three tenths behind.

Red Bull were going for it from the outset with both Vettel and Webber pumping in fast times, but the underlying trend of pace is there for all to see in the long runs, with Red Bull able to lap in the 1m24s range, while Ferrari is in the low 1m 25s and McLaren in the high 1m 25s.

Alonso said that he is suffering from understeer and is hopeful that if he can dial it out he can compete with the Red Bulls, but it's quite a mountain to climb. Alonso has always been very strong on the Hungaroring and he will need to dig deep to make the difference in qualifying and the race.

Renault looked the third fastest car today, ahead of the McLaren, both in headline lap times and in long run times. Vitaly Petrov was fifth fastest and able to lap steadily in the mid 1m 25s showing strong race pace and when he is up there it means that the car must be quick, as Kubica sometimes outperforms the car to gain high positions, for example in Monaco this year.

McLaren were 0.6s behind in Germany in both qualifying and the race, but this weekend it looks more like a second at the moment. The team is still working to optimise its exhaust blown diffuser, in which it is a month behind Ferrari and over six months behind Red Bull, both of whom are producing a lot of downforce and balancing it front and rear successfully.

The sheer brilliance of the work Red Bull and Ferrari have done is shown by a comment from Lewis Hamilton after practice,

"The car is the best I've ever had it around this track, and that's still not good enough," Hamilton said. "It feels great around the corners, and then you start to push more to try and close the gap to these guys, and then the car starts to be really on the ragged edge. But I think it's just downforce."

HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX, Free Practice 2

1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:20.087 33

2. Alonso Ferrari 1:20.584 + 0.497 34

3. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:20.597 + 0.510 36

4. Massa Ferrari 1:20.986 + 0.899 33

5. Petrov Renault 1:21.195 + 1.108 33

6. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.308 + 1.221 30

7. Kubica Renault 1:21.375 + 1.288 37

8. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:21.623 + 1.536 41

9. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.730 + 1.643 33

10. Schumacher Mercedes 1:21.773 + 1.686 31

11. de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1:21.809 + 1.722 38

12. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:21.844 + 1.757 36

13. Rosberg Mercedes 1:22.039 + 1.952 28

14. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:22.212 + 2.125 37

15. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:22.469 + 2.382 43

16. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:22.507 + 2.420 22

17. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:22.602 + 2.515 38

18. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:23.138 + 3.051 36

19. Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:24.553 + 4.466 37

20. Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:25.376 + 5.289 35

21. di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:25.669 + 5.582 32

22. Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:26.745 + 6.658 33

23. Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1:26.798 + 6.711 32

24. Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:27.705 + 7.618 5

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