F1: Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel Fastest in FP3 at Hungarian GP
- 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.
Hungarian Grand Prix FP3 times
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m16.803s||0.633s||11|
|6||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m16.946s||0.776s||14|
|10||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m18.139s||1.969s||22|
|12||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m18.252s||2.082s||19|
|15||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m18.512s||2.342s||20|
|19||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m18.962s||2.792s||18|
Tune in qualifying Saturday