Hungarian GP: Nico Rosberg fends off Max Verstappen in practice

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg edged out Red Bull's Max Verstappen by just 0.002 seconds in final practice for Formula 1's Hungarian Grand Prix

Hungarian GP: Nico Rosberg fends off Max Verstappen in practice

Championship leader Rosberg clocked a 1m20.261s on the super-soft tyres for his qualifying-simulation but did make a mistake in the final corner.

Verstappen had been edging nearer to the top throughout the session, and came very close to deposing Rosberg with his last run.

It was an impressive performance from Red Bull with Daniel Ricciardo third, 0.465s off the pace.

Lewis Hamilton ran wide on his first attempt at a qualifying simulation, which left him 0.508s off the pace.

He bolted on another set of super-softs, but ran wildly off road at Turn 4 and backed off, settling for fourth after running out of time for another lap.

Rosberg led the session from his first run onwards, setting the early pace with a 1m20.811s and then improving to a 1m20.547s later in the run, moving nearly half a second clear of Ricciardo at the time.

Hamilton, meanwhile, focused on gathering long-run data after he did not get a chance to do so in practice two following his crash.

Several drivers were adjudged to have abused track limits over the course of the session. The FIA will take a "zero tolerance" approach in qualifying and delete any laps that feature infringements.

Kimi Raikkonen was the leading Ferrari driver in fifth, 0.598s off the pace, and three tenths clear of team-mate Sebastian Vettel in sixth.

Fernando Alonso was seventh as Valtteri Bottas, Sergio Perez and Jolyon Palmer, who had a much more productive session following his loss of track time on Friday, closed out the top 10.

Williams ran a new floor, of which it only has one in Hungary, on Bottas's car to evaluate whether it is worth using it for the remainder of the weekend.

Bottas and team-mate Massa, who was 11th, did back-to-back tests with two front wing configurations to check on balance.

Toro Rosso continued to struggle with Carlos Sainz Jr and Daniil Kvyat 16th and 18th respectively.

The Saubers of Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson outpaced the Manors of Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto to finish 19th and 20th.

PRACTICE THREE TIMES

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m20.261s - 25
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m20.263s 0.002s 10
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m20.726s 0.465s 22
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m20.769s 0.508s 23
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m20.859s 0.598s 18
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m21.185s 0.924s 22
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m21.584s 1.323s 11
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m21.649s 1.388s 21
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m21.672s 1.411s 22
10 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m21.935s 1.674s 19
11 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m21.975s 1.714s 28
12 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m21.989s 1.728s 13
13 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m22.009s 1.748s 11
14 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m22.142s 1.881s 15
15 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m22.284s 2.023s 13
16 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m22.402s 2.141s 21
17 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m22.427s 2.166s 22
18 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m22.541s 2.280s 18
19 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m22.816s 2.555s 23
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m23.219s 2.958s 23
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m23.311s 3.050s 24
22 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m23.513s 3.252s 23

shares
comments
F1 drivers face drive-through penalties for Hungary track limits
Previous article

F1 drivers face drive-through penalties for Hungary track limits

Next article

Hungarian GP: Nico Rosberg snatches pole after four red flags

Hungarian GP: Nico Rosberg snatches pole after four red flags
Load comments
The impressive attitude that earned Albon his second F1 chance Plus

The impressive attitude that earned Albon his second F1 chance

Dropped by Red Bull last season, Alexander Albon has fought back into a Formula 1 seat with Williams. ALEX KALINAUCKAS explains what Albon has done to earn the place soon to be vacated by the highly rated George Russell

How Formula E factors could negate Red Bull's Jeddah practice gap to Mercedes Plus

How Formula E factors could negate Red Bull's Jeddah practice gap to Mercedes

Mercedes led the way in practice for Formula 1’s first race in Jeddah, where Red Bull was off the pace on both single-lap and long runs. But, if Max Verstappen can reverse the results on Saturday, factors familiar in motorsport’s main electric single-seater category could be decisive in another close battle with Lewis Hamilton

Formula 1
Dec 3, 2021
Why Norris doesn’t expect Mr Nice Guy praise for much longer Plus

Why Norris doesn’t expect Mr Nice Guy praise for much longer

Earning praise from rivals has been a welcome sign that Lando Norris is becoming established among Formula 1's elite. But the McLaren driver is confident that his team's upward curve can put him in the mix to contend for titles in the future, when he's hoping the compliments will be replaced by being deemed an equal adversary

Formula 1
Dec 2, 2021
What Ferrari still needs to improve to return to F1 title contention Plus

What Ferrari still needs to improve to return to F1 title contention

After a disastrous 2020 in which it slumped to sixth in the F1 constructors' standings, Ferrari has rebounded strongly and is on course to finish third - despite regulations that forced it to carryover much of its forgettable SF1000 machine. Yet while it can be pleased with its improvement, there are still steps it must make if 2022 is to yield a return to winning ways

Formula 1
Dec 2, 2021
How F1 teams and personnel react in pressurised situations Plus

How F1 teams and personnel react in pressurised situations

OPINION: The pressure is firmly on Red Bull and Mercedes as Formula 1 2021 embarks on its final double-header. How the respective teams deal with that will be a crucial factor in deciding the outcome of the drivers' and constructors' championships, as Autosport's technical consultant and ex-McLaren F1 engineer explains

Formula 1
Dec 1, 2021
Why Ferrari is sure its long-term Leclerc investment will be vindicated Plus

Why Ferrari is sure its long-term Leclerc investment will be vindicated

Humble yet blisteringly quick, Charles Leclerc is the driver Ferrari sees as its next
 world champion, and a rightful heir to the greats of Ferrari’s past – even though, by the team’s own admission, he’s not the finished article yet. Here's why it is confident that the 24-year-old can be the man to end a drought stretching back to 2008

Formula 1
Nov 30, 2021
The downside to F1's show and tell proposal Plus

The downside to F1's show and tell proposal

Technology lies at the heart of the F1 story and it fascinates fans, which is why the commercial rights holder plans to compel teams to show more of their ‘secrets’. STUART CODLING fears this will encourage techno-quackery…

Formula 1
Nov 29, 2021
How getting sacked gave Mercedes F1’s tech wizard lasting benefits Plus

How getting sacked gave Mercedes F1’s tech wizard lasting benefits

He’s had a hand in world championship-winning Formula 1 cars for Benetton, Renault and Mercedes, and was also a cog in the Schumacher-Ferrari axis. Having recently ‘moved upstairs’ as Mercedes chief technical officer, James Allison tells STUART CODLING about his career path and why being axed by Benetton was one of the best things that ever happened to him

Formula 1
Nov 28, 2021