Budapest.- Red Bull’s German driver Sebastian Vettel dominated free practice for the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix, with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso of Spain setting the second fastest time
Vettel, who is looking to achieve his fourth consecutive pole tomorrow and the seventh of the season, was the fastest on the circuit in both sessions, with a time of 1:20:976 minutes in the morning, where he was escorted by his teammate Mark Webber, and 1:20:087 in the afternoon, AP said.
For his part, the Brazilian Felipe Massa, who returned to the place where he suffered an accident last year that almost cost him his life, achieved the fourth fastest time in the afternoon, after completing the first timed lap of the session.
Meanwhile, world champion Jenson Button, whose first F1 victory came with Honda in Hungary in 2006, was fourth fastest in the morning and ninth in the afternoon, while championship leader Lewis Hamilton took the top spot. 18 in the first session and finished sixth in the second.
Meanwhile, the Polish Robert Kubica had a good performance and was third and seventh for Renault.
Red Bull have taken pole position in 10 of the 11 races to date but have failed to convert that qualifying advantage into race-day success.
Vettel won two grands prix and Webber three, but McLaren leads both the Drivers’ Championship, with Hamilton and Button first and second respectively, as well as the Constructors’.
Alonso, who won a controversial race at Hockenheim at the weekend when Ferrari ordered team-mate Felipe Massa to let him pass, was seventh in the first session but improved markedly in the second.