FP3 GRAND PRIX OF HUNGARY : BOTTAS LEADS
On Friday we had a dry and a wet free practice. In the second practice we didn’t drive much compared to the first one. Again it looks like Mercedes is the strongest team this weekend and Racing Point also looks very strong.
Valtteri Bottas topped the final practise session before qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix. The Finn beat his teammate Lewis Hamilton and Racing Point’s Sergio Perez.
With dark clouds above the Hungaroring, but with a dry track, the third and final free practice started at 11:00.
Kimi Raikkonen was the first driver to set a time. He drove a 1:19,136.
After 20 minutes Max Verstappen set his first time on the clock and immediately went fastest. He didn’t stay at the top for long, because the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas went quicker.
The Ferrari’s also seemed to show some nice spead. Early in the session they were in second and fifth place.
Rank Driver Team Time Laps 01 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:15.437 18 02 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:15.479 20 03 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:15.598 16 04 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:15.781 19 05 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:16.033 15 06 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:16.084 18 07 Lando Norris McLaren 1:16.193 18 08 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:16.351 18 09 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:16.453 20 10 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:16.508 14 11 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:16.545 21 12 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:16.582 19 13 Esteban Ocon Renault 1:16.706 20 14 George Russell Williams 1:16.847 23 15 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:16.866 15 16 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:17.086 14 17 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri 1:17.292 15 18 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:17.496 20 19 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1:17.527 25 20 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:17.650 17
A lot of smoke came from the exhausts of the Mercedes, but times didn’t slow down. Hamilton went fastest with ease. Bottas also has a lot of smoke at the back of the car, but keeps driving very fast.
Halfway through practice Alexander Albon complained about vibration in his Red Bull Racing RB16. The Thai continued to drive laps and even improves his fastest time. With half an hour to go he was one place below his team mate.
Verstappen spun during a fast lap. The Dutchman was improving his time but lost control of his RB16 in turn 12. He was able to continue on his way without damage.
Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll were also going very fast again. With 20 minutes left on the clock, both drivers were in third and fifth place respectively within a second of Hamilton’s fastest time. Charles Leclerc split the two Racing Points.
For the first time this season Ferrari seemed to show real speed on a dry track. Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel both competed for the fastest time with just over a quarter of an hour to go.
There was a bit of optimism for Williams who saw George Russell sit P7 at one point after the Brit put in a monstrous lap.
But ultimately it was Valtteri Bottas who took top spot in the final session before qualifying. The Finn’s time of 1:15.437 was enough to beat Lewis Hamilton by 0.042 seconds with Perez further back in P3. With the World Championship looking a straight shoot out between Mercedes, pole could be vital for victory when qualifying takes place later today.
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