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Lewis Hamilton has maintained his place at the top of timesheets ahead of qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, albeit by less than a hundredth from team-mate Nico Rosberg.

With Hamilton commanding a substantial margin over the opposition in FP1 and FP2 as his title rival struggled with balance on his car, Rosberg proved considerably more competitive on the soft rubber in FP3 to get within a hundredth of his team-mate.

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Even so, it was still Hamilton that led the way with a 1min 22.997secs lap, the fastest time of the weekend thus far, with Mercedes establishing its advantage over the opposition to a mammoth eight tenths.

Following a tumultuous first day around the Hungaroring, Sebastian Vettel enjoyed a positive FP3 session to go third quickest as the only driver to get to within a second of the dominant Mercedes', while Daniil Kvyat confirmed Red Bull's competitiveness with the fourth best lap.

Indeed, it was a strong session all round for the Renault-powered contingent, with Carlos Sainz, Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo all comfortably inside the top ten too in fifth, seventh and ninth respectively.

Having been forced to miss FP2 due to concerns over rear suspension in the wake of Sergio Perez's dramatic accident yesterday, Force India bounced back with Nico Hulkenberg up in sixth position, while McLaren could well be looking to get into Q3 for the first time this season as Fernando Alonso stopped the clock with the eighth best lap.

Elsewhere, Lotus ascended the order in 10th and 11th, Romain Grosjean leading Pastor Maldonado, while Williams went in the other direction with Felipe Massa 12th and Valtteri Bottas 14th, though the latter was baulked on his late soft tyre run.

KimI Raikkonen is also on the back foot ahead of qualifying down in 16th place having complained of a problem with his Ferrari when he missed the apex of turn seven.

Several drivers endured off-track moments during the session, particularly under braking into turn one, with Hamilton, Rosberg, Verstappen and Alonso having moments.