Lewis Hamilton set the pace in Hungary on Friday morning, a tenth aheda of his McLaren team-mate Jenson Button, and half a second clear of the rest, led on this occasion by World Championship leader Fernando Alonso. Nico Rosberg was fourth fastest ahead of Romain Grosjean, Michael Schumacher, Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen and the impressive Williams test driver Valtteri Bottas. Sergio Perez was 10th in his Sauber.
Pastor Maldonado was 11th in the second Williams, ahead of Kamui Kobayashi, Mark Webber, Paul de Resta and Sebastian Vettel. Then came the two Toro Rossos with Daniel Ricciardo ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne, Jules Bianchi in the second Force India, Vitaly Petrov and Heikki Kovalainen in the two Caterhams were split by Charles Pic’s Marussia, while Timo Glock was behind but still ahead of the HRTs of Pedro de la Rosa and test driver Dani Clos.