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07/27/12
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Kral leads the way in Hungary
Josef Kral has got his weekend underway in the best way possible, by setting the pace with a lap of 1:29.573 in this morning's free practice session at the Hungaroring while his rivals pitted for fresh tires, to pip Fabio Leimer and James Calado for the top spot.

With conditions hot and sunny for the first time in a few events, the teams took little time in sending their drivers out to make the most of the tight, technical circuit. With most drivers running wide somewhere as they pushed to find the limits, Lotus GP teammates Esteban Gutiérrez and Calado set the early running.

The Briton was the first man to break the 1.30 barrier, squeezing past Marcus Ericsson and Leimer in the process, and with most of the field returning to the pits it appeared that everyone would have a breather before hitting reset. Kral didn't see the memo, evidently, and stayed out on the now clear circuit to set the best time.

The Czech driver's time was just a tenth off the optimal lap from the combined sectors, and it seemed a lap too far for his rivals to attack: Leimer went closest to finish the session just 0.159 off the pace, and with 16 drivers within a second of the top spot the teams held fire until this afternoon's qualifying session.

Just behind the top three, however, Jolyon Palmer, Giedo van der Garde, Ericsson, Davide Valsecchi, Victor Guerin, Gutiérrez and Stéphane Richelmi will all be hoping to move up a few places on the timesheets to put themselves at the sharp end of the grid for tomorrow's feature race.

Budapest – Free Practice

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Josef Kral Barwa Addax Team 1:29.573 15
2. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:29.732 11
3. James Calado Lotus GP 1:29.837 16
4. Jolyon Palmer iSport International 1:29.916 12
5. Giedo van der Garde Caterham Racing 1:29.943 13
6. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:29.961 13
7. Davide Valsecchi DAMS 1:30.053 16
8. Victor Guerin Ocean Racing Technology 1:30.093 14
9. Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus GP 1:30.131 15
10. Stéphane Richelmi Trident Racing 1:30.226 16
11. Johnny Cecotto Barwa Addax Team 1:30.252 13
12. Luiz Razia Arden International 1:30.367 15
13. Felipe Nasr DAMS 1:30.373 16
14. Max Chilton Carlin 1:30.487 13
15. Nigel Melker Ocean Racing Technology 1:30.505 15
16. Nathanael Berthon Racing Engineering 1:30.538 13
17. Fabio Onidi Scuderia Coloni 1:30.555 16
18. Rio Haryanto Carlin 1:30.581 13
19 Rodolfo Gonzalez Caterham Racing 1:30.683 15
20. Stefano Coletti Scuderia Coloni 1:30.744 15
21. Sergio Canamasas Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:30.813 14
22. Simon Trummer Arden International 1:30.964 15
23. Daniel De Jong Rapax 1:31.192 17
24. Julian Leal Trident Racing 1:31.707 15
25. Ricardo Teixeira Rapax 1:32.211 16
26. Giancarlo Serenelli Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:34.204 11
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