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Hamilton paces final practice.


Lewis Hamilton once again topped the timesheets as third and final practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix gave some clues towards the men to look for in qualifying later in the day.

Championship leader Hamilton reset the benchmark in terms of lap time by lowering the weekend best to 1min 20.228secs during the one-hour session, and enjoyed a three-tenth advantage over title rival Felipe Massa, who failed to beat the Briton's Friday best with his best lap of the morning.

Massa was only just faster than Timo Glock - the German clearly showing that there were no ill-effects from his Hockenheim shunt - after both he and Hamilton had bumped the Toyota driver down the order, while Heikki Kovalainen kept up his strong form in fourth, 0.429secs off the pace.

Hamilton and Kovalainen aside, the top seven consisted of six different makes, with Sebastien Bourdais and Sebastian Vettel, filling seventh and eight for Toro Rosso, the next 'double act'. Nelson Piquet Jr completed the top five, some three-tenths faster than Renault team-mate - and former Hungaroring winner - Fernando Alonso, while Nick Heidfeld took sixth for BMW Sauber.

Vettel, in eighth, completed more than twice the number of laps he had been able to in three hours of running on Friday, as he racked up 22 tours in the #15 STR2 after a brace of mechanical problems on the opening day. The German ended the morning 0.005secs clear of world champion Kimi Raikkonen, who took ninth in the second Ferrari, with Nico Rosberg rounding out the top ten.

Suffering this time around - and not for the first time on a Saturday morning - was the second BMW Sauber of Robert Kubica. Although the Pole completed a respectable 18 laps, he was not entirely happy with his F1.08, giving his crew some work to do before qualifying.


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