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F1 Hungarian Grand Prix: Hamilton quickest again in FP3

Lewis Hamilton ensured he topped the timesheets in all three practice sessions for the Hungarian Grand Prix after setting the fastest time of FP3
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Lewis Hamilton ensured he topped the timesheets in all three practice sessions for the Hungarian Grand Prix after setting the fastest time of FP3.

It was another Mercedes one-two but the challenge from Red Bull was stronger than it had been on Friday, while Williams also showed improved pace from FP2. Hamilton was fastest on a 1:24.048 to beat team-mate Nico Rosberg by 0.047s. Rosberg needed three flying laps to get close to his team-mate after he ran wide at Turn 12 on his first run.

Sebastian Vettel was third quickest for Red Bull, 0.4s slower than Hamilton and 0.2s clear of Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas. The two Mercedes drivers seemed to be struggling with brake issues as Hamilton complained he was having trouble stopping the car and Rosberg was told to be careful on his in-lap.

Both Ferrari cars looked more evenly matched as Fernando Alonso – who was first of the front-runners to set a time on soft tyres on a track known for large levels of evolution – ended the session sixth quickest. Alonso's best time of 1:24.769 left him 0.049s ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, while Kevin Magnussen, Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat rounded out the top ten.

Felipe Massa was 11th fastest as he failed to match Bottas' pace, finishing the session half a second slower than his team-mate. Both Force India cars also had a disappointing session, with Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez 17th and 18th respectively, two seconds slower than the Mercedes.

Drivers reported improved levels of track grip but many were still running wide at Turn 4 in particular, while Marcus Ericsson had a late spin in his Caterham at Turn 13.

With a lot of cloud around the Hungaroring throughout the session track temperatures were lower than on Friday, with the clouds carrying a threat of rain for qualifying this afternoon.



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