Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Hungaroring, 2014

Hamilton quickest by less than a tenth in final practice

2014 Hungarian Grand Prix third practice

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Hungaroring, 2014Lewis Hamilton topped the time sheets for the third consecutive session at the Hungaroring ahead of this afternoon’s qualifying session.

But Hamilton’s championship rival Nico Rosberg was only 0.047 seconds adrift of his Mercedes team mate, with Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull third fastest almost four tenths slower than the Silver Arrows.

When the session began, Hamilton immediately set about on a long fuel run and was heard complaining of a lack of braking response over team radio. Mercedes confirmed that both Hamilton and Rosberg were running only Carbone Industrie brakes for this session.

The tarmac run-off around the Hungaroring saw plenty of early action, with Kamui Kobayashi and Romain Grosjean running wide at Turn Four and Nico Rosberg and Marcus Ericsson both missing Turn 12 entirely.

With all cars focussing on runs on the Medium compound tyre, Valtteri Bottas was the first driver to eclipse the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg at the top of the time sheets, before Daniel Ricciardo became the first driver to break the 1’26 barrier in the session soon after.

Fernando Alonso ventured out for his first timed run more than halfway into the session and immediately posted the quickest time on Medium tyres, before Hamilton lowered the benchmark by almost three tenths of a second.

With just under fifteen minutes to go, the track fell silent as the teams prepared for their usual qualifying simulation runs. Alonso was the first driver to set a time on the Soft tyres, improving his best by 1.1 seconds compared to the Medium compound.

Nico Rosberg then went fastest on a 1’24.501, despite running wide at Turn 14, but was soon bested by Hamilton who posted the quickest time of the weekend with a 1’24.048.

Rosberg improved his personal best at the end of the session and was only 0.047 slower than his team mate. Behind the Mercedes, the two Red Bulls of Vettel and Ricciardo were the quickest out of the rest of the field.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’24.048 21
2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’24.095 0.047 24
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’24.455 0.407 16
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’24.678 0.630 15
5 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’24.685 0.637 21
6 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’24.769 0.721 11
7 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’24.818 0.770 19
8 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’24.867 0.819 21
9 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’25.162 1.114 17
10 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’25.170 1.122 19
11 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’25.231 1.183 18
12 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’25.468 1.420 14
13 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1’25.829 1.781 22
14 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’25.859 1.811 19
15 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1’25.934 1.886 21
16 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’26.023 1.975 23
17 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’26.035 1.987 19
18 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’26.142 2.094 17
19 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1’27.560 3.512 23
20 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1’28.083 4.035 17
21 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1’28.605 4.557 22
22 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1’28.821 4.773 14

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13 comments on “Hamilton quickest by less than a tenth in final practice”

  1. Hami posted the fastest time but I do not think that was his fastest possible time.I think he merely driving home the point that this is his track.

  2. Naijafanatic
    26th July 2014, 11:38

    Lewis looks very racy, impressed with how close ROS is over one lap, as a HAM fan, it’s gonna be a nail-biting quali sesh

  3. Wat on earth has happened to Force India?!? They are 2 seconds behind the Mercedes and are only ahead of Caterham and Marussia! It’s FP3 but if this is more or less of how their quali maybe then I am worried they may not end up in points altogether this race.

    1. I’d say this is the antithesis of a Force India track.

    2. Either they are hiding their real pace or they are loosing chunks of time in the last few sectors..

    3. Catered Ham
      26th July 2014, 13:45

      i’d say their setup is all FRIC’d up…

  4. MERCEDES quickest saving fuel and tyres against family vans… same story this year.

  5. Rosberg’s pace worries me, he posted that time on his 3rd flying lap. Hopefully Lewis has kept something special back for qually – just not a brake issue.

    1. Hamilton left at least a tenth on the table on turn 12. Was watching on board, even Bruno mentioned it.

  6. lewis was taking it easy.remember on mediums he went quickest on 12 lap old tyres.he could have gone quicker on those softs if he had of stayed out,but no need.

  7. And then his car set on fire when it mattered. Come on Mercedes, get it sorted. Rosberg is the luckiest WDC in history.

  8. And he catches fire…….

  9. I think Lewis is royally been screwed up

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