Hamilton sets the practice pace

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Updated: July 28, 2012

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton was fastest in both practice runs for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday while Red Bull, hit by a new rule banning a controversial engine setting this week, endured two slow sessions.

In another rain-hit practice session, the British driver clocked a best time of one minute 21.995 seconds, slightly better than his first time, followed by Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus and Williams’s Bruno Senna.

Seven-times champion Michael Schumacher slid off the track and crashed into a wall of tyres as the second session was hit by a brief but heavy summer shower, having started in warm sunshine.

Red Bull’s drivers, who failed to make the top 10 in the first session, were well down the pecking order again.

Sebastian Vettel was eighth and Australian Mark Webber, second behind leader Fernando Alonso in the Formula One championship, 14th.

P1

1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1:22.821
2. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1:22.922
3. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1:23.397
4. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:23.628
5. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus – Renault 1:23.633
6. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 1:23.845
7. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:23.904
8. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus – Renault 1:23.983
9. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams – Renault 1:24.152
10. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber – Ferrari 1:24.268

P2

1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1:21.995
2. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus – Renault 1:22.180
3. Bruno Senna (Brazil) Williams – Renault 1:22.253
4. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:22.417
5. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1:22.582
6. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1:22.747
7. Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India – Mercedes 1:22.794
8. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull – Renault 1:22.824
9. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus – Renault 1:22.922
10. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 1:23.160