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Vettel leads Red Bull in Hungary

Vettel has never won in Hungary but he has been breaking new ground already this season.

Formula One korean Grand Prix

BUDAPEST - Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel set the pace as Red Bull dominated first practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday with Pirelli's new tyres looking very much to their liking.

The German lapped the slow and twisty Hungaroring circuit with a best time of one minute 22.723 seconds.

Australian team mate Mark Webber was the second fastest, lapping 0.259 slower, on a hot and cloudless morning with air temperatures of 30 degrees and track temperatures a sizzling 44.

Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen - who could be Vettel's team mate next year - was third fastest with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso fourth on the timesheets; he was 0.376 slower than Vettel.

His main rivals in qualifying on Saturday could be the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg but they were focusing on getting to grips with the new type of tyre after being forced to miss a test at Silverstone last week.

That was a punishment for a 'secret' test with Pirelli in Spain in May.

Since then, Pirelli have faced a wave of negative headlines after a spate of blowouts at last month's British Grand Prix at Silverstone led them to change the tyres to last year's construction with 2013 compounds.

Rosberg was eighth fastest while Hamilton - three times triumphant in Hungary for McLaren and last year's winner from pole - was 13th and behind both the Williams drivers.

McLaren looked in better shape at a circuit that has brought them six wins in the last eight seasons.

Jenson Button, a two-time winner in Hungary, was sixth fastest while Mexican team mate Sergio Perez clocked the ninth best time.

Germany's Adrian Sutil, preparing for his 100th race for Force India, was seventh.

At the back, Venezuelan reserve driver Rodolfo Gonzalez replaced Britain's Max Chilton for the opening session with Marussia and was comfortably slowest.