Hamilton pips Rosberg in third practice

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.

1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:24.04821
2Nico RosbergMercedes1:24.095+0.04724
3Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing1:24.455+0.40716
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing1:24.678+0.63015
5Valtteri BottasWilliams1:24.685+0.63721
6Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:24.769+0.72111
7Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1:24.818+0.77019
8Kevin MagnussenMcLaren1:24.867+0.81921
9Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso1:25.162+1.11417
10Daniil KvyatToro Rosso1:25.170+1.16219
11Felipe MassaWilliams1:25.231+1.18318
12Jenson ButtonMcLaren1:25.468+1.42014
13Pastor MaldonadoLotus1:25.829+1.78122
14Romain GrosjeanLotus1:25.859+1.81119
15Adrian SutilSauber1:25.934+1.88621
16Esteban GutierrezSauber1:26.023+1.97523
17Nico HulkenbergForce India1:26.035+1.98719
18Sergio Perez Force India1:26.142+2.09417
19Kamui KobayashiCaterham1:27.560+3.51223
20Max ChiltonMarussia1:28.083+4.03517
21Marcus EricssonCaterham1:28.605+4.55722
22Jules BianchiMarussia1:28.821+4.77314

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