Wurz Fastest in Practice 1 - Hungary

McLaren test driver Alexander Wurz set the pace in opening practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday as preparations for the 13th race of the season got underway at the Hungaroring

Wurz Fastest in Practice 1 - Hungary

Wurz set a time of 1:21.411 to lead Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello by 1.423 seconds with Briton Jenson Button third fastest for BAR-Honda, 1.617 seconds behind the Austrian.

Finn Kimi Raikkonen, who is in desperate need of a win this weekend, finished fourth fastest in the second McLaren but he was 1.748 seconds off his teammate's pace and just ahead of World Champion Michael Schumacher.

Felipe Massa finished sixth for Sauber with Nick Heidfeld seventh in the lead Williams and Juan Pablo Montoya down in eighth place after McLaren had looked set to claim a one-two-three finish with two minutes of the session to run.

Takuma Sato finished eighth in the second BAR-Honda and Ralf Schumacher completed the top ten for Toyota as champion elect Fernando Alonso finished 12th fastest for Renault.

Israeli Chanoch Nissany took to the track to become the first driver from his country to take part in a Grand Prix meeting and the first driver over the age of 40 since Nigel Mansell retired in 1995.

But the Budapest resident, who turned 42 on the day of his debut, struggled to learn the track layout and finished last in the session on a time some 12 seconds off the pace having spun into the gravel with 16 minutes to go.

Wurz set the pace early on ahead of Zonta as just four drivers set a time in the first 20 minutes and with 20 minute to run only seven drivers had set a time and four, the two Ferraris and two Toyotas, had not even gone out the garage.

Nicolas Kiesa, in his second race as Jordan's third driver, spun early on in the session at turn 13 then both Zonta and Vitantonio Liuzzi, in the third Red Bull, spun at turn one then spun again six minutes later at turn 11.

Nissany, who had missed the apex of many corners during his seven previous laps, finally slid wide at turn four, half-spun into the gravel trap and was craned away inside his car with his session concluded 16 minutes early.

Button moved into second ahead of Schumacher, who went off at turn 11, and Liuzzi, pushing Zonta down to sixth with 10 minutes left to run but Wurz was still well out in front.

Zonta went off again, this time at turn 14, then Kiesa spun off at turn four, sliding through the same gravel trap that stopped Nissany and being forced to leave his car and walk away.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Wurz McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:21.411 20 2. Barrichello Ferrari (B) 1:22.834 + 1.423 8 3. Button BAR-Honda (M) 1:23.028 + 1.617 12 4. Raikkonen McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:23.159 + 1.748 7 5. M.Schumacher Ferrari (B) 1:23.234 + 1.823 8 6. Massa Sauber-Petronas (M) 1:23.375 + 1.964 10 7. Heidfeld Williams-BMW (M) 1:23.384 + 1.973 8 8. Montoya McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:23.558 + 2.147 7 9. Sato BAR-Honda (M) 1:23.679 + 2.268 11 10. R.Schumacher Toyota (M) 1:23.706 + 2.295 6 11. Trulli Toyota (M) 1:23.764 + 2.353 8 12. Alonso Renault (M) 1:23.833 + 2.422 10 13. Webber Williams-BMW (M) 1:23.918 + 2.507 8 14. Fisichella Renault (M) 1:23.940 + 2.529 9 15. Liuzzi Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:24.174 + 2.763 19 16. Zonta Toyota (M) 1:24.270 + 2.859 18 17. Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas (M) 1:24.683 + 3.272 10 18. Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:26.130 + 4.719 14 19. Doornbos Minardi-Cosworth (B) 1:27.011 + 5.600 16 20. Monteiro Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:27.344 + 5.933 8 21. Albers Minardi-Cosworth (B) 1:27.540 + 6.129 8 22. Kiesa Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:28.230 + 6.819 19 23. Nissany Minardi-Cosworth (B) 1:34.319 + 12.908 8 24. Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth (M) no time 1 25. Klien Red Bull-Cosworth (M) no time 1 All timing unofficial 
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