F1: Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel Fastest in FP3 at Hungarian GP

F1: Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel Fastest in FP3 at Hungarian GP

F1: Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel Fastest in FP3 at Hungarian GP

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  • Qualifying begins at 2:oop BST
  • Sebastian Vettel fastest in final practice

Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel topped FP3 for the Hungarian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas both spun during a mixed session for the MercedesAMG F1 team.

Mr. Vettel and Ferrari had ended Friday on Top and continued that form ahead of qualifying at the Hungaroring, setting the pace on a 1min 16.170secs.

Mr. Vettel was fastest at the halfway mark of the session after ending his 1st flying laps almost half a sec clear of what MercedesAMG could manage on its initial runs.

In the final run of qualifying simulations Mr. Bottas briefly went fastest at almost exactly the same time as Mr. Hamilton spun at the chicane.

Mr. Hamilton lost the rear under braking and skated sideways across the kerb at the apex of the 2nd part of the corner before coming to a rest on the track backwards.

Mr. Hamilton has new control electronics and a new energy fitted to his Silver Arrow continued on, but struggled to post a competitive lap time.

Mr. Vettel reclaimed Top spot from Mr. Bottas, who then suffered a bigger gaff than Mr. Hamilton at the chicane.

Mr. Bottas lost the rear on entry, his car swung across the inside of the track and across the grass, facing backwards, and made light contact with the barrier on the outside.

He resumed and made it back to the pits before returning to the track, he did not improve.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen could not get closer than 0.203s adrift of his team-mate, with Mr. Hamilton 4th and more than half a sec off the pace.

The Red Bulls slipped from Top 3 pace Friday to rounding out the Top 6 in final practice, with Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen 0.6s and 0.7s off the pace respectively.

The highlights

Hungarian Grand Prix FP3 times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m16.170s 16
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m16.229s 0.059s 17
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m16.373s 0.203s 16
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m16.749s 0.579s 17
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m16.803s 0.633s 11
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m16.946s 0.776s 14
7 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m17.754s 1.584s 17
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m18.083s 1.913s 18
9 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m18.084s 1.914s 19
10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m18.139s 1.969s 22
11 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m18.230s 2.060s 17
12 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m18.252s 2.082s 19
13 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m18.376s 2.206s 19
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m18.467s 2.297s 15
15 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m18.512s 2.342s 20
16 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m18.630s 2.460s 17
17 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m18.789s 2.619s 14
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m18.842s 2.672s 18
19 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m18.962s 2.792s 18
20 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m19.132s 2.962s 20

Tune in qualifying Saturday

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