Hungarian GP: Vettel fastest for Ferrari, both Mercedes spin

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel topped final practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas both spun during a mixed session for the Mercedes Formula 1 team

Hungarian GP: Vettel fastest for Ferrari, both Mercedes spin

Vettel and Ferrari had ended Friday on top and continued that form ahead of qualifying at the Hungaroring, setting the pace on a 1m16.170s.

Bottas and Mercedes hit back from a disappointing Friday by lapping just 0.059 seconds slower than Vettel, but it was a messy morning for the champion team.

Vettel was fastest at the halfway mark of the session after ending his first flying laps almost half a second clear of what Mercedes could manage on the initial runs.

In the final bout of qualifying simulations Bottas briefly went fastest on a 1m16.229s, at almost exactly the same time as Hamilton spun at the chicane.

Hamilton lost the rear under braking and skated sideways across the kerb at the apex of the second part of the corner before coming to a rest on the track and facing the wrong direction.

The championship leader, who has new control electronics and a new energy store fitted to his Mercedes, continued but struggled to post a competitive lap time.

Vettel reclaimed top spot from Bottas, who then suffered a bigger scare than Hamilton at the chicane.

Like his team-mate, Bottas lost the rear on entry, but the Finn's car swung across the inside of the track and across the grass, facing the wrong direction, and made light contact square with the barrier on the outside.

He resumed and made it back to the pits before returning to the track, but did not improve.

Bottas remained Vettel's closest challenger as Kimi Raikkonen could not get closer than 0.203s adrift of his team-mate, with Hamilton fourth and more than half a second off the pace.

The Red Bulls slipped from top-three pace on Friday to rounding out the top six in final practice, with Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen 0.6s and 0.7s off the pace respectively.

There were plenty of traffic incidents in a frenetic session, with Ricciardo catching a Haas exiting Turn 3 on his first real flying lap and Hamilton also losing out early on as he caught slower cars.

Later in the session Sergio Perez, who was revealed to have brought action against his Force India team that led to it being placed in administration, remonstrated against a Toro Rosso while Charles Leclerc almost tripped up over Verstappen's Red Bull immediately after being passed into Turn 1.

Carlos Sainz Jr and Nico Hulkenberg consolidated Renault's position as best of the rest ahead of qualifying with the seventh and eighth fastest times, as Romain Grosjean (Haas) and Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso) completed the top 10.

Stoffel Vandoorne spent a large chunk of the session in the garage while McLaren fitted a new floor that was sent over from the factory.

He wound up 17th fastest, 2.6s off the pace, with team-mate Fernando Alonso 14th and 0.4s faster.

FP3 times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m16.170s - 16
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m16.229s 0.059s 17
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m16.373s 0.203s 16
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m16.749s 0.579s 17
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m16.803s 0.633s 11
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m16.946s 0.776s 14
7 Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 1m17.754s 1.584s 17
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m18.083s 1.913s 18
9 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m18.084s 1.914s 19
10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m18.139s 1.969s 22
11 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m18.230s 2.060s 17
12 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m18.252s 2.082s 19
13 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m18.376s 2.206s 19
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m18.467s 2.297s 15
15 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m18.512s 2.342s 20
16 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m18.630s 2.460s 17
17 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m18.789s 2.619s 14
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m18.842s 2.672s 18
19 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m18.962s 2.792s 18
20 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m19.132s 2.962s 20


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