Hamilton clean sweeps Hungarian GP practice

© F1 Pulse, 26 July 2014
© AP Photo/MTI, Zsolt Czegledi

Lewis Hamilton remained on the top at the Hungarian Grand Prix after he set the quickest time in the third straight practice session on Saturday, pegging the Briton as favourite to claim pole position in qualifying later in the day.

Having comfortably topped the two practice sessions on Friday, Hamilton on this occasion was just 0.047 seconds faster than championship leader Nico Rosberg, who has been trailing his Mercedes teammate so far this weekend.

Gaining pole position for Sunday's race is considered a huge plus on the twisting Hungaroring circuit, where passing opportunities are very limited.

Several drivers could be seen struggling to keep their cars from slipping on the dusty, winding track. On Friday, Hamilton had complained that neither the soft nor the medium compound tyres supplied for the race by Pirelli were providing enough grip.

Red Bull claimed the best of the rest honours with Sebastian Vettel in third followed by Daniel Ricciardo, with the defending four-time world champion seemingly having the upper hand over his teammate in practice.

Williams’ Valtteri Bottas slotted ahead of the Ferrari pair of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, with the struggling 2007 world champion showing signs that he may have found some of his lost form as he was just 0.049 seconds slower that his teammate.

Alonso, though, was confined in the garage for half the session as Ferrari took time to provide the ideal balance to the Spaniard’s car. He did only 11 laps, the least by any driver in final practice.

McLaren's Kevin Magnussen was eighth while the Toro Rosso duo of Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat rounded up the top ten.

Felipe Massa, in 11th and half a second slower than his teammate, is not running with the same quicker floor as Bottas underneath his car this weekend after the Brazilian damaged his following a collision at the preceding race in Germany.

 

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