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07/25/09
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Hungary GP: McLaren completes practice hat-trick, Sutil crashes  (GMM)  McLaren completed the hat-trick of fastest times in practice sessions by once again going quickest at the Hungaroring on Saturday morning.

Heikki Kovalainen had been quickest on Friday morning, before his reigning world champion teammate Lewis Hamilton topped the other two sessions that precede qualifying.

However, the third practice is often an unreliable indication of form, given that teams invariably prepare for either the forthcoming low-fuel Q1 and Q2 qualifying segments, or the heavy-fuel Q3 decider.

Championship leader Jenson Button was clearly working on Q3 as he lapped 17th quickest on Saturday, but even so he was multiple tenths slower than the pace of the Red Bulls, who were in the middle of the time sheets.

His teammate Rubens Barrichello was 13th.

"It's about 10C cooler today, and that suits our car slightly better," Red Bull chief Christian Horner told the BBC.  "Qualifying is going to be very tight."

Hamilton's margin over the field was a commanding four and five tenths clear of Nick Heidfeld (BMW) and Williams' Nico Rosberg respectively.

Force India's Adrian Sutil ended his final practice session before qualifying in the barriers, having run into the dirt at turns eight and nine.

Qualifying takes place in 90 minutes.

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Results

Pos Driver Team Time Behind Laps
1. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.009 +0.000 19
2. Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:21.408 +0.399 23
3. Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:21.509 +0.500 21
4. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.655 +0.646 20
5. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:21.800 +0.791 23
6. Glock Toyota 1:21.849 +0.840 12
7. Massa Ferrari 1:21.911 +0.902 19
8. Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:21.935 +0.926 19
9. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:21.936 +0.927 16
10. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:21.971 +0.962 21
11. Kubica BMW Sauber 1:22.076 +1.067 20
12. Trulli Toyota 1:22.097 +1.088 25
13. Barrichello Brawn GP-Mercedes 1:22.101 +1.092 22
14. Piquet Renault 1:22.210 +1.201 17
15. Raikkonen Ferrari 1:22.270 +1.261 20
16. Alonso Renault 1:22.274 +1.265 19
17. Button Brawn GP-Mercedes 1:22.312 +1.303 22
18. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:22.391 +1.382 20
19. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 1:22.684 +1.675 23
20. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:23.231 +2.222 16

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