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07/24/09
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Hungary GP: Hamilton keeps McLaren on top in Practice 2  Lewis Hamilton kept McLaren at the top of Friday's time sheets at the end of the afternoon session in Hungary.

But the reigning world champion insisted that, despite appearing to be back at the very top after a difficult first half of the season for the British team, he still expects the Red Bulls and the Brawns to have the edge.

Advised by a reporter for Italy's Sky Sport that he seemed in a particularly good mood after topping the ultimate 90 minute session in Budapest, Hamilton replied: "I don't think I'm in a different mood at all.

"For sure we still have a lot of work to do to be quickest."

The Sky Sport reporter noted that while having the headline time, he and his similarly quick teammate Heikki Kovalainen did not seem to spend much time doing crucial long-runs.

"I actually did two long runs, or medium-length runs.  The first wasn't very good but the second one was ok, but I won't know how far off (the pace) we are until I get inside and look at the data," Hamilton said.

Red Bull's Mark Webber was fourth quickest despite an hydraulic problem that sidelined him, again ahead of Sebastian Vettel, who struggled with his usual smile in the pitlane after the afternoon session.

"I'm not very happy with the car yet," said the German, "but we'll see what we can do with it tomorrow.  It's going to be a very important day."

Also with a low-profile so far are the Brawns, whose Jenson Button was just 13th in the second session.  Jarno Trulli pulled to the side of the track with a technical problem in his Toyota.

Debutant Jaime Alguersuari finished his second ever F1 session again last, this time eight tenths slower than his Toro Rosso teammate Sebastien Buemi.

Neither Ferrari was in the top ten, but Williams' Nico Rosberg has been consistently quick so far.

Results

Pos

Driver Team Time Behind Laps
1. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:22.079 +0.000 36
2. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:22.126 +0.047 36
3. Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:22.154 +0.075 47
4. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:22.369 +0.290 29
5. Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:22.426 +0.347 40
6. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:22.550 +0.471 30
7. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 1:22.641 +0.562 38
8. Trulli Toyota 1:22.663 +0.584 28
9. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber 1:22.690 +0.611 43
10. Glock Toyota 1:22.751 +0.672 45
11. Raikkonen Ferrari 1:22.763 +0.684 38
12. Alonso Renault 1:22.793 +0.714 37
13. Button Brawn-Mercedes 1:22.806 +0.727 42
14. Kubica BMW-Sauber 1:22.870 +0.791 36
15. Piquet Renault 1:22.927 +0.848 36
16. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:22.978 +0.899 28
17. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 1:23.029 +0.950 39
18. Massa Ferrari 1:23.156 +1.077 32
19. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:23.176 +1.097 45
20. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:23.942 +1.863 40

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