Hamilton quickest as Webber loses front wing

By Mark Meadows, Reuters

Posted at Jul 29 2011 06:14 PM | Updated as of Jul 30 2011 02:14 AM

BUDAPEST - McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, winner last weekend in Germany, was fastest in first practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday, the Briton leading the way as Red Bull's Mark Webber crashed and lost his front wing.

Hamilton has won twice at the Hungaroring and showed his love of the circuit by setting the pace on an overcast day with a quickest lap of one minute, 23.350 seconds.

World champion Sebastian Vettel was second fastest in a time of 1:23.564 and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was third as teams tested ahead of Saturday's qualifying and Sunday's race.

Webber, second in the championship but 77 points adrift of team mate Vettel, was fourth quickest but lost control under no pressure and struck the barriers. He drove slowly back to the pits and his lost wing was retrieved.

Second practice takes place at 1200 GMT, giving the Red Bull mechanics some time to work on the damaged vehicle.

Reserve drivers Bruno Senna of Renault and Force India's Nico Hulkenberg drove Nick Heidfeld and Adrian Sutil's cars for the opening session with both finishing halfway up the timesheets. (Editing by John O'Brien)