Romain Grosjean cemented his advantage over team mate Kimi Raikkonen at the Hungaroring by setting fastest time in the final practice session ahead of qualifying this afternoon for tomorrow’s Hungarian Grand Prix. The Frenchman places his Lotus ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and McLaren’s Sergio Perez, who experienced a frustrating end to an otherwise positive hour of running.
After a somewhat mediocre Friday showing, Mercedes demonstrated improved pace in qualifying trim and Lewis Hamilton duly set the pace for much of the session with a 1:21:942 early on. McLaren also appeared faster in qualifying setup, but it was Perez who had the edge on team mate Button who grappled with understeer that had materialised overnight. However, the Mexican’s triumph was short-lived when he dipped a wheel over the kerb at turn 11 and slid his MP4/28 into the barriers on the outside of the circuit, bringing the session to a premature close.
Further back, there was frustration for Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez who was unable to take part in the session while his engine was changed, and Caterham pushed even further ahead of rivals Marussia, Charles Pic was some 1.5 seconds quicker than Jules Bianchi. Max Chilton blotted his copybook with an embarassing moment of madness as the Brit reported he was losing engine power – his pit wall called him, only for the rookie to admit he had accidentally engaged his pit lane speed limiter.
Red Bull elected to focus on preparation for the race, and consequently Sebastian Vettel ended the morning in 4th ahead of Felipe Massa, Lewis Hamilton and team mate Mark Webber.
CLASSIFICATION – FREE PRACTICE THREE – HUNGARIAN GP
|13||Di Resta||Force India||+1.233|
|18||Van Der Garde||Caterham||+3.245|