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Leader Vettel fastest in practice runs

india Updated: Jul 27, 2013 01:37 IST
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Sebastian Vettel

Formula One leader Sebastian Vettel showed he is the driver to beat in qualifying after posting the fastest times in both practice runs Friday for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The three-time defending F1 champion twice finished comfortably ahead of teammate Mark Webber as Red Bull recorded an impressive 1-2.

Quick lap
Vettel left it quite late before doing a timed lap in the morning, but was quickly into his stride to set a time of 1 minute, 22.723. In searing afternoon temperatures, he was comfortably faster than that, clocking 1:21.264. "There's some room for improvement," Vettel said. "My long run wasn't completely clean."

Lotus will also be confident for Saturday's qualifying. Kimi Raikkonen was third best in the morning and Romain Grosjean matched him in the afternoon.

Aiming for first win
Vettel has never won in Hungary. He is looking to extend his overall lead over Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, who was fourth in both sessions.

"I am not thinking about the championship and the title too much," Vettel said. "If you look back to last year, or 2010, it was going down to the wire. So never feel too comfortable where you are."