F1: Hamilton tops final practice for Hungarian GP

Lewis Hamilton turned a lap of 1m16.826s to top the final practice for the Hungarian GP in Budapest. Hamilton nipped his rival points leader Max Verstappen in the #33 Red Bull by just 0.088s.

Valtteri Bottas, driving for his job, turned a lap of 1m17.055s to finish third in his #77 Mercedes – 0.229s behind

Those top three have a decent gap to the rest, with the Ferraris nearly seven tenths back at the head of the midfield. Bottas set his lap time slightly earlier so expect his two tenth deficit to be smaller than that in reality, all of which is boding really well for a fascinating qualifying later on.

Carlos Sainz Jr., his #55 Ferrari fitted with a brand-new engine, was 4th fastest, 0.671s behind Hamilton.

Charles Leclerc in the #16 Ferrari rounded out the top-5 who was 0.694s behind.

Charles Leclerc 5th quick. credit: @Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

The stewards will be busy between the sessions – they are going to investigate a pit lane incident between Antonio Giovinazzi and Lance Stroll, and have also noted another moment where the Italian nearly collected Pierre Gasly when trying to dive across to enter the pit lane.

Lance Stroll

It is a race against time for Haas to get Mick Schumacher’s car ready for qualifying. The youngster crashed in FP3 but has been given the all-clear from the medical center.

Practice 3 Results

1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:16.826 +0.000s 20
2 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda 1:16.914 +0.088s 13
3 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:17.055 +0.229s 15
4 55 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:17.497 +0.671s 20
5 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:17.520 +0.694s 16
6 4 Lando Norris Mclaren Mercedes 1:17.772 +0.946s 12
7 11 Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing Honda 1:17.917 +1.091s 12
8 3 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Mercedes 1:17.942 +1.116s 15
9 14 Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault 1:17.992 +1.166s 15
10 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Mercedes 1:18.050 +1.224s 16
11 10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda 1:18.115 +1.289s 17
12 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault 1:18.174 +1.348s 15
13 5 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Mercedes 1:18.235 +1.409s 15
14 22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri Honda 1:18.461 +1.635s 25
15 7 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:18.683 +1.857s 21
16 63 George Russell Williams Mercedes 1:18.794 +1.968s 14
17 6 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes 1:18.821 +1.995s 15
18 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:19.113 +2.287s 14
19 47 Mick Schumacher Haas Ferrari 1:19.406 +2.580s 15
20 9 Nikita Mazepin Haas Ferrari 1:19.933 +3.107s 16