Hamilton fastest in Hungarian Grand Prix practice

PUBLISHED: 18:31 01 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:30 26 October 2009

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LEWIS Hamilton was fastest overall in today s free practice sessions for the Hungarian Grand Prix. The 23-year-old Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver set the afternoon pace at the Hungaroring with the quickest lap of the day. Herts Formula 1 hero had been

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LEWIS Hamilton was fastest overall in today's free practice sessions for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The 23-year-old Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver set the afternoon pace at the Hungaroring with the quickest lap of the day.

Herts' Formula 1 hero had been slower than both Ferrari drivers in the morning at the circuit near Budapest.

However, the FIA World Championship leader from Tewin motored to the front of the timesheets after lunch.

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In the afternoon, Lewis completed 35 laps and set a best time of 1 minute 20.554 seconds.

His McLaren team-mate Heikki Kovalainen completed 33 laps and was third fastest with a 1m20.760.

The Finn was also third quickest in the first practice session with a 1m21.410, followed by Lewis in fourth with a 1m21.535.

Explaining why he was off the pace in the first session, Hamilton said: "The track was very dusty this morning so we took our time before starting our run programme.

"Once again, the car felt good, even though I encountered quite a lot of traffic during both sessions.

"This afternoon, I also got to try the revised aero package for the first time.

"It definitely seemed to make the car better balanced, which is very encouraging."

Hamilton is gunning for his third grand prix victory in a row after winning both the British and German races.

Today's performance in Hungary promising for McLaren, especially as Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa were only fifth and sixth best this afternoon behind both Renault men, Nelson Piquet and Fernando Alonso respectively.

Hamilton won last year's Hungarian Grand Prix from pole.

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