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Hamilton on top after incredibly close final practice session in Hungary

2019 Hungarian Grand Prix third practice

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Lewis Hamilton led the final hour of practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix but the three fastest cars were covered by less than a tenth of a second.

The last flying lap from the Mercedes driver knocked Max Verstappen off the top of the times by just 13 thousandths of a second. Verstappen in turn had relegated Sebastian Vettel by 69 thousandths.

The trio’s team mates followed them, led by Valtteri Bottas, who lapped within three-tenths of a second of Hamilton. Charles Leclerc was close behind, but sixth-place Pierre Gasly was over half a second slower than Verstappen.

Lando Norris came close to beating Gasly to sixth – the pair were separated by less than a tenth of a second following a superb effort by the McLaren driver. Continuing the narrow gaps around the tight Hungaroring, Kimi Raikkonen beat Carlos Sainz Jnr to eighth place by a thousandth of a second. Kevin Magnussen completed the top 10.

The start of the session was delayed by 10 minutes as marshals worked to clean up an oil spill at turn four from the Formula 2 race prior to the session. The session began with large quantities of cement dust covering the exit of the corner, which produced giant plumes of smoke as the drivers passes through it.

Williams enjoyed their most competitive showing of the season so far. George Russell put his car 18th, ahead of Lance Stroll’s Racing Point and within a tenth of a second of Alexander Albon’s Toro Rosso.

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Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’16.08421
233Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda1’16.0970.01316
35Sebastian VettelFerrari1’16.1660.08218
477Valtteri BottasMercedes1’16.3550.27119
516Charles LeclercFerrari1’16.3920.30818
610Pierre GaslyRed Bull-Honda1’16.6840.60019
74Lando NorrisMcLaren-Renault1’16.7740.69020
87Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’17.2161.13222
955Carlos Sainz JnrMcLaren-Renault1’17.2171.13323
1020Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1’17.2301.14617
118Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’17.2931.20921
1226Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Honda1’17.4321.34821
1327Nico HulkenbergRenault1’17.6671.58319
1411Sergio PerezRacing Point-Mercedes1’17.6701.58617
1599Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’17.9291.84522
163Daniel RicciardoRenault1’17.9621.87819
1723Alexander AlbonToro Rosso-Honda1’18.0241.94019
1863George RussellWilliams-Mercedes1’18.0721.98823
1918Lance StrollRacing Point-Mercedes1’18.5342.45020
2088Robert KubicaWilliams-Mercedes1’18.7092.62526

Third practice visual gaps

Lewis Hamilton – 1’16.084

+0.013 Max Verstappen – 1’16.097

+0.082 Sebastian Vettel – 1’16.166

+0.271 Valtteri Bottas – 1’16.355

+0.308 Charles Leclerc – 1’16.392

+0.600 Pierre Gasly – 1’16.684

+0.690 Lando Norris – 1’16.774

+1.132 Kimi Raikkonen – 1’17.216

+1.133 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’17.217

+1.146 Kevin Magnussen – 1’17.230

+1.209 Romain Grosjean – 1’17.293

+1.348 Daniil Kvyat – 1’17.432

+1.583 Nico Hulkenberg – 1’17.667

+1.586 Sergio Perez – 1’17.670

+1.845 Antonio Giovinazzi – 1’17.929

+1.878 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’17.962

+1.940 Alexander Albon – 1’18.024

+1.988 George Russell – 1’18.072

+2.450 Lance Stroll – 1’18.534

+2.625 Robert Kubica – 1’18.709

Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.

PosDriverCarFP1FP2FP3Fri/Sat diffTotal laps
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’17.2331’17.9951’16.084-1.14977
2Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda1’17.3981’17.9091’16.097-1.30156
3Sebastian VettelFerrari1’17.3991’19.2541’16.166-1.23367
4Valtteri BottasMercedes1’18.1841’16.355-1.82939
5Charles LeclercFerrari1’18.1881’18.8521’16.392-1.79668
6Pierre GaslyRed Bull-Honda1’17.6821’17.8541’16.684-0.99860
7Lando NorrisMcLaren-Renault1’18.5311’20.4011’16.774-1.75760
8Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’18.7871’18.6821’17.216-1.46679
9Carlos Sainz JnrMcLaren-Renault1’18.7021’19.3981’17.217-1.48568
10Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1’17.9421’19.1781’17.230-0.71269
11Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’18.9731’19.1491’17.293-1.6872
12Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Honda1’18.9821’18.9571’17.432-1.52576
13Nico HulkenbergRenault1’18.4171’18.8921’17.667-0.7564
14Sergio PerezRacing Point-Mercedes1’19.3251’19.7211’17.670-1.65550
15Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’19.4881’18.9091’17.929-0.9871
16Daniel RicciardoRenault1’18.8941’18.5971’17.962-0.63562
17Alexander AlbonToro Rosso-Honda1’19.2231’18.024-1.19949
18George RussellWilliams-Mercedes1’19.6491’19.8891’18.072-1.57770
19Lance StrollRacing Point-Mercedes1’19.7221’19.7741’18.534-1.18868
20Robert KubicaWilliams-Mercedes1’20.3221’20.4391’18.709-1.61371

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9 comments on “Hamilton on top after incredibly close final practice session in Hungary”

  1. Nice to see the top 3 aren’t just closely spaced, they’re from three teams.

    It would be nice if the same closeness is seen in Q3, although I’ve been bitten far too often by misleading FP3 performances to hold my breath!

  2. Great time by Norris, who i genuinely believe is the quicker Mclaren driver already. Sainz will win this years battle but he wont win the war. Sainz will have a carear like Hulkenberg unfortunatley. Sainz was unlucky Max was born he would be in the RedBull by now. He just aint looked impressive when compared to Norris on pace, he also was alot slower than Hulkenberg aswell. You need to be making rookies look like rookies and Sainz has not atall, it is way too close and often Norris looks quicker already.

    1. Don’t compare sainz jr to hulk. Hulk destroyed sainz jr, not only in Q but race pace, hulk has had the measure of ricciardo but he has choked, beaten in quali and ruins his best chances and has worse reliability.
      Incredible! what a miracle, hamilton made a pretty poor last fp3 lap yet was quickest, ominous.

  3. Are Ferrari going towards a qualifying setup I wonder?

    I expect Max will struggle a bit vs Mercedes and Ferrari’s “party-modes” but will mean a good race as he tries to overtake them on a track where overtaking is hard.

  4. Norris though. Damn.

  5. How can they allow the session to start with all of that concrete dust on the track?

  6. Williams seem to be closing the gap. Well Russel at least.

  7. Imagine what’s going on at Renault’s headquarters right now. Almost 1 Full Second behind the best MCL, and 0.5sec behind the worst MCL. Maybe they’re not dialing It up due to the failure last week, but that’s too big of a gap for F1.

    1. and RIC only a tenth faster then Russel

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