Lewis Hamilton was fastest in final practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix, beating team-mate Nico Rosberg to the top spot by less than a tenth of a second as the Briton seeks to score his first pole position since May in qualifying this afternoon.
The morning saw the drivers trial both Pirelli compounds in a bid to understand their cars better than yesterday, which proved unusually tricky as the Hungaroring circuit refused to scrub up to scratch; some were more successful than others. While Mercedes stretched their advantage over Red Bull out to almost half a second, some odd splits appeared in their opponent’s garages with Felipe Massa sitting some 0.6 off Valterri Bottas in the Williams cars, and Jenson Button suffering the same disadvantage against Kevin Magnussen at McLaren. Button missed a chunk of running early on in the session when the front of his MP4/29 was dismantled to allow a camber change, very late in the day as he struggled with setup issues. Likewise Nico Hulkenberg who voiced similar complaints, wrestling with an unresponsive Force India affected badly by crosswind.
During the hour plenty of drivers made mistakes associated with the loss of the FRIC system removed last time out in Germany, running wide over the circuit’s notorious bumps and crests giving the FIA stewards some hard choices on track boundary limits before qualifying.
Qualifying is at 13:00GMT
CLASSIFICATION – FP3 – Hungarian Grand Prix – 26th July 2014