Hungary 2009: Friday Practice One

Hungary 2009: Friday Practice One

The Hungarian free practice sessions began earlier this morning, and by the end of the first ninety-minute stint, it was McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen who led the way, setting the pace with a lap time just a fraction faster than Nico Rosberg in the Williams. Kovalainen’s team mate Lewis Hamilton wasn’t too far behind, indicating that McLaren may have found some pace in their MP4-23. Mark Webber and Kazuki Nakajima showed some promising pace as well, going P4 and P5 respectively.

It wasn’t all dominant for Red Bull though, as Sebastian Vettel could only manage P15 with a lap time that was 1s off the Finnish pilot’s pace. However, Brawn also appeared to struggle slightly in the opening run at the Hungaroring, with Jenson Button managing P10 and Rubens ‘Mr Happy’ Barrichello placing his BGP 001 in P13.

The busiest man of the morning was unsurprisingly Scuderia Toro Rosso debutant Jaime Alguersuari. Having only driving the STR4 in a couple of straight-line tests, the Spanish youngster got to grips with the car quickly and despite his lack of experience, the final time after 42 laps was just 0.230s down on his team mate, Sebastien Buemi.

Hungary 2009
Friday Free Practice One

Lap Time
Fastest Time Set

Laps Set
Number Laps Set

1. Finnish FlagHeikki Kovlainen McLaren 1m22.278s 21 Laps
2. German FlagNico Rosberg Williams 1m22.337s 27 Laps
3. British FlagLewis Hamilton McLaren 1m22.554s 20 Laps
4. Australian FlagMark Webber Red Bull Racing 1m22.615s 21 Laps
5. Japanese FlagKazuki Nakajima Williams 1m22.619s 25 Laps
6. Italian FlagJarno Trulli Toyota 1m22.705s 17 Laps
7. Finnish FlagKimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m22.796s 23 Laps
8. Brazilian FlagFelipe Massa Ferrari 1m22.855s 25 Laps
9. Spanish FlagFernando Alonso Renault 1m23.001s 28 Laps
10. British FlagJenson Button Brawn 1m23.130s 25 Laps
11. Polish FlagRobert Kubica BMW 1m23.146s 24 Laps
12. German FlagNick Heidfeld BMW 1m23.154s 23 Laps
13. Brazilian FlagRubens Barrichello Brawn 1m23.209s 24 Laps
14. German FlagTimo Glock Toyota 1m23.234s 30 Laps
15. German FlagSebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1m23.283s 25 Laps
16. Italian FlagGiancarlo Fisichella Force India 1m23.484s 20 Laps
17. Brazilian FlagNelson Piquet Jr. Renault 1m23.678s 22 Laps
18. German FlagAdrian Sutil Force India 1m23.845s 18 Laps
19. Swiss FlagSebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m23.998s 37 Laps
20. Spanish FlagJaime Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m24.228s 42 Laps
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