Hamilton tops FP3 in Hungary

Lewis Hamilton edged out Mercedes teammates Nico Rosberg by a mere 0.098s in FP3 for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The pair went out with roughly 20 minutes remaining on soft tires and knocked off Sahara Force India’s Nico
Hulkenburg, who stood atop the timesheet for much of the session before ultimately dropping to sixth overall.

Sebastian Vettel set the third fastest time but the Scuderia Ferrari driver was nearly a full second off the pace compared to Mercedes. The four-time Formula One World Champion was nearly 0.300s over Red Bull Racing’s Daniil Kvyat, but the talk of the session was Vettel’s teammate Kimi Raikkonen.

The Finn suffered a “dramatic water leak” according to his engineer. The issue follows a rough FP1 that saw Raikkonen bring out a red flag with a destroyed front wing that littered the track with debris. Without getting a chance to run on the soft compound it ended any chance of seeing what Raikkonen could accomplish, settling for 16th.

The biggest news comes from McLaren by way of Fernando Alonso.

The Spaniard managed to drive the Honda-powered machine to eighth overall, 1.849s off the pace, but ahead of both Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas of Williams, who managed to finish 12th and 14th.

After flipping in FP1 following a suspension failure and not running any of FP2, Sergio Perez ended up 15th for Sahara Force India. Down nearly a full second to teammate Hulkenberg.

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Joey Barnes is the Founder of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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