Practice leader Vettel cites room for improvement

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Sebastian Vettel may have comfortably finished quickest in both Friday practice sessions ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend but the three-time world champion still believes that there is room for improvement.

Vettel headed up a Red Bull 1-2 in both sessions as Mark Webber proved to be his closest challenger, but he is sure that he can squeeze more time out of the RB9 at the Hungaroring.

“The car feels okay,” Vettel said in a statement, “but there’s always a lot of work to do and there’s some room for improvement. My long run wasn’t completely clean, as we had to abort it at the start due to the brakes being a bit hot, but you work to find the limit.”

This weekend’s race marks the introduction of the 2012 tire construction using the 2013 compounds in order to maintain the safety of the drivers. With the build of the tire being slightly different, it has caused teams to change their setup slightly but Vettel has not noticed a great difference.

“I don’t think the tires feel massively different, but they are a step in the right direction.”

Vettel is chasing his first win in Hungary this weekend with the race being just one of two grands prix on the current calendar that he is yet to win.

UPDATE 2: INDYCAR Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama once again under red-flag race stoppage

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UPDATE No. 2: The INDYCAR Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama was closing in on restarting on Lap 23 or 24 before officials threw the second red flag race stoppage because of lingering puddles on the 2.3-mile Barber Motorsports Park, particularly on the front stretch. We’ll keep you updated as situations warrant.

UPDATE No. 1: The INDYCAR Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is under a red-flag race stoppage after 19 laps due to rain and puddling on the racing surface at Barber Motorsports Park.

Cleaners and dryers are on the track to try and get some of the water off the racing surface. The low spots on the track, as well as the front stretch, have been particularly troublesome and led to several spinouts and at least two wrecks (Charlie Kimball and outside front pole sitter Will Power).

Power’s day is done after suffering irreparable damage to the left side of his car after hydroplaning on the front straight and running into the inside retaining wall.

ORIGINAL STORY FOLLOWS:

Although rain has been falling for nearly an hour and the Barber Motorsports Park 2.3-mile permanent road course is drenched, the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is underway on NBCSN.

The start of the race was moved up from 3:38 p.m. ET to take the green flag at 3:08 p.m. ET.

Josef Newgarden is the defending winner of this race and also will start from the pole for today’s race.

While the race is scheduled for 90 laps, there’s a possibility that if the weather worsens or if lightning appears, it could potentially be shortened to just two hours.

As can be expected, all cars are on rain tires to maximize grip.

Catch the race live on NBCSN.