Hungarian GP-Sebastian Vettel Tops FP3 As Mercedes Improves

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Sebastian Vettel topped the third free practice session (FP3). After a lackluster Friday, Mercedes finally got into the top four of a session, Valtteri Bottas finished second and Lewis Hamilton finished fourth. In between them was Kimi Raikkonen in third position on the timesheets.

Hungarian GP – Sebastian Vettel Tops FP3 As Mercedes Improves

The hour-long session had pristine weather the whole way through. Before the session started the air temperature was 27 degrees C while the track was a piping 53 degrees C. The Pirelli tyre choices for this weekend were Medium, Soft and Ultrasoft tyres. Most cars opted for the Ultrasoft tyres in this session.

Business was as usual for the first half of the practice session, with everyone running their laps as planned. During this time, the commentators did not mind discussing at length the state of Force India, and their interested buyers. It really started to get busy at the halfway point of the session.

Mercedes Goes For A Spin, And Other Events

It was deja vu for the Mercedes garage as Hamilton and Bottas experienced trouble in the turn 7 and 8 chicanes. Both lost grip going into the turns and going off the track. Bottas experienced a more dramatic detour than Hamilton, but for the most part, both walked away unscathed.

The Sky Sports F1 commentary team raised questions about Max Verstappen as he was still frequently leaving track limits on his laps when the session was nearing its end. You would think that he would be trying to adjust to how he would drive in Qualifying as much as possible.

The Final Minutes Of FP3

Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly experienced frustration in the final laps of the session after traffic messed up his hot lap. For his best interest he should hope that the frustration does not carry over to Q1.

And that’s exactly what everyone’s sights are set on now. Qualifying kicks off in a couple of hours, determining who will lead the 34th Hungarian GP. Although one thing that isn’t certain until Sunday is the winner of the race. As we saw last week, nothing is certain until it’s all over. Hungarian GP kicks off on Sunday at 9AM EST, and 2PM BST.

Full FP3 Results:

Pos # Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:16.170 16
2 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:16.229 +0.059s 17
3 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:16.373 +0.203s 16
4 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:16.749 +0.579s 17
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:16.803 +0.633s 11
6 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:16.946 +0.776s 14
7 55 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:17.754 +1.584s 17
8 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:18.083 +1.913s 18
9 8 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:18.084 +1.914s 19
10 10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:18.139 +1.969s 22
11 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:18.230 +2.060s 17
12 28 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:18.252 +2.082s 19
13 16 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:18.376 +2.206s 19
14 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:18.467 +2.297s 15
15 31 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:18.512 +2.342s 20
16 35 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:18.630 +2.460s 17
17 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:18.789 +2.619s 14
18 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:18.842 +2.672s 18
19 11 Sergio Perez Force India 1:18.962 +2.792s 18
20 18 Lance Stroll Williams 1:19.132 +2.962s 20


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