Vettel over Bottas in final Hungary GP practice

Vettel quickest again, but can he put it on pole?
Vettel quickest again, but can he put it on pole?

Sebastian Vettel was again fastest in the final practice session for the Hungary GP in his #5 Ferrari Saturday morning. Vettel's lap of 1m16.170s was a new track record and beat Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas by just 0.059s on the tight twisty Hungaroring.

But the Mercedes appeared to be struggling as both Lewis Hamilton and Bottas went spinning off at the Chicane trying too hard to keep up with the Ferrari. Bottas actually kissed the barrier and may have bent his suspension. Hamilton spun haplessly at the same chicane on Friday.

Kimi Raikkonen, who complained to his engineer Pete Bonnington during the session that he was lacking grip, was third quick in the second Ferrari 2/10ths back while Lewis Hamilton in the #44 Mercedes and Daniel Ricciardo in the #3 Red Bull rounded out the top-5.

Red Bull, who yesterday stated their intention to make the first two rows of the grid in qualifying, weren’t quite there in FP3, with Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen in fifth and sixth respectively, Ricciardo complaining to his engineer of both understeer and engine braking issues on his RB14.

Leading the midfield were the Renaults of Carlos Sainz and Nico Hulkenberg in P7 and P8, ahead of Romain Grosjean in the Haas, while Pierre Gasly showed that Toro Rosso were in the mix too, slotting into P10.

Stoffel Vandoorne spent much of the session in the garage while McLaren fitted a new floor that was sent over from the factory.

He wound up 17th fastest, 2.6s off the pace, proving the car is still junk, with teammate Fernando Alonso 14th – the old man consistently buries his younger teammate.

Slowest of all was Lance Stroll in the #18 Williams. Daddy Stroll is looking to buy an entire F1 team (Force India) to lift his son off the back of the grid every weekend.

Practice 3 Results

1 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:16.170 +0.000s 16
2 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:16.229 +0.059s 17
3 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:16.373 +0.203s 16
4 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:16.749 +0.579s 17
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:16.803 +0.633s 11
6 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1:16.946 +0.776s 14
7 55 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:17.754 +1.584s 17
8 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:18.083 +1.913s 18
9 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:18.084 +1.914s 19
10 10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso Honda 1:18.139 +1.969s 22
11 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:18.230 +2.060s 17
12 28 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso Honda 1:18.252 +2.082s 19
13 16 Charles Leclerc Sauber Ferrari 1:18.376 +2.206s 19
14 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Renault 1:18.467 +2.297s 15
15 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:18.512 +2.342s 20
16 35 Sergey Sirotkin Williams Mercedes 1:18.630 +2.460s 17
17 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Renault 1:18.789 +2.619s 14
18 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1:18.842 +2.672s 18
19 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1:18.962 +2.792s 18
20 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:19.132 +2.962s 20

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