Hamilton pips Rosberg in third practice
Lewis Hamilton made it a clean-sweep in Hungarian Grand Prix practice, after setting the pace in the third and final session.
Third practice at the Hungaroring, ahead of this afternoon’s qualifying session and tomorrow’s race, took place in warm and dry conditions. Jean-Eric Vergne, Daniil Kvyat, Pastor Maldonado and Adrian Sutil were the first drivers to take to the track.
The majority of the field completed installation laps and practice starts early on, before starting their first runs on the medium compound Pirelli tyre. Kamui Kobayashi set the opening lap time, a slow and tentative 1:36.947, but was swiftly displaced by his team-mate Marcus Ericsson and Rosberg.
It was Daniel Ricciardo who topped the session at the mid-way point, before Fernando Alonso moved to the front with a 1:25.954. The Spaniard didn’t stay there for long, however, as Hamilton displaced his former team-mate with 20 minutes of the session remaining.
After a brief lull in the on-track action, the 2014 pack then returned to the Hungaroring for a low-fuel run on the option tyre. Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen were the first to do so and predictably moved to the top of the timesheets.
Despite running wide at turn 12, Rosberg then went fastest with his first soft compound lap. Well, that was until his team-mate moved to the top spot. Hamilton ended the session just 0.047 seconds clear of Rosberg, with a 1:24.098 being his best effort.
Sebastian Vettel finished in third place, with Valtteri Bottas and Ricciardo completing the top five. Alonso and Raikkonen eventually slipped to sixth and seventh after their early soft tyre runs.
Kevin Magnussen was eighth fastest for McLaren, with the Toro Rosso duo of Vergne and Kvyat rounding out the top 10. Felipe Massa and Jenson Button were 11th and 12th respectively.
Maldonado was 13th for Lotus. The E22 looked particularly difficult under braking, which his team-mate Romain Grosjean – who finished 14th – said on Friday was the main area for improvement. Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez were next up on the timesheets for Sauber.
Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez finished down in 17th and 18th after their soft tyre runs, with Kamui Kobayashi, Max Chilton, Marcus Ericsson and Jules Bianchi – who failed to take to the track in the final minutes – completing the results.
|3||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing||1:24.455||+0.407||16|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing||1:24.678||+0.630||15|
|9||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso||1:25.162||+1.114||17|
|10||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||1:25.170||+1.162||19|
|17||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||1:26.035||+1.987||19|
|18||Sergio Perez||Force India||1:26.142||+2.094||17|
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