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Red Bull trades blows with Ferrari

Mark Webber topped the times for Red Bull at the end of Friday's two opening practice sessions for this weekend's German Grand Prix.

india Updated: Jul 23, 2011 00:43 IST

Mark Webber topped the times for Red Bull at the end of Friday's two opening practice sessions for this weekend's German Grand Prix.

The 34-year-old Australian, who won the last race on the circuit in 2009, clocked a fastest time of one minute and 31.770 seconds to outpace Fernando Alonso of Ferrari by one-tenth of a second.

The Sapnish two-times champion Spaniard, who won last year's German race held at Hockenheim, was himself two-tenths of a second clear of Webber's team-mate and German defending champion Sebastian Vettel.

For Vettel, who is seeking his first win on home soil, it was an inauspicious start to a weekend in which he is hoping to further extend his runaway lead in this year's title race.

Alonso's Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa was fourth ahead of the two Mercedes drivers Michael Schumacher, 42, the seven-times champion, and Nico Rosberg, 26.

Briton Lewis Hamilton was seventh for McLaren ahead of Nick Heidfeld and his Renault team-mate Vitaly Petrov. Adrian Sutil made it five Germans in the top ten in his Force India.

Hamilton's McLaren team-mate and fellow-Briton Jenson button was down in 11th after suffering exhaust problems that required him to sit out the final 20 minutes of the session.