2020 Hungarian Grand Prix – Practice 3: Valtteri Bottas fastest by 0.042 seconds

Mercedes one-two in the final practice session of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend as Bottas edged out his teammate by 0.042 seconds.

Lando Norris, McLaren, was the first driver to get out of the pit garages but he stopped at the pit lane exit to practice a start for tomorrow’s race. This allowed Kevin Magnussen, Haas, to be the first driver to get wheels onto the track. However, both drivers returned to their respective garages after an installation lap.

Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo, was the first driver to set a timed lap around the Hungarian Hungaroring as he set a time of 1:19.136. Furthermore, after a cool down lap, he gave it a second try and managed to beat his previous lap time setting a 1:18.617.

There was competitive pace in the first half from the top three. Both Ferrari’s and Red Bull’s took the top four places, with Max Verstappen, Red Bull, putting in the fastest lap. However, this lap was short-lived before the Finnish Mercedes driver came out and beat the Dutch driver’s time with a 1:16.862 before his teammate, Lewis Hamilton, secured a lap of 1:16.472.

Sergio Perez, Racing Point broke up the Mercedes pair as he got himself in P2 with an impressive lap. However, despite weaving in and out of traffic and braking to avoid a rear end collision with a McLaren on the final turn, Hamilton was still able to secure the fastest lap as we went into the second half of FP3.

On a qualifying simulation, Ferrari drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc, were out on the soft compound tyres – the quickest of the three allocated compound. However Leclerc was able to top the timing board, while his German teammate was only able to take the fifth fastest position. But, it wasn’t long until Bottas regained the fastest lap with a 1:15.437 – 0.344 seconds faster than the Monegasque.

As five minuted remained on the final practice session of the Hungarian GP weekend, George Russel, Williams, managed to climb up to 13th on the board. But, this achievement was short lived as Esteban Ocon took his place, pushing the young British driver into 14th.

Fastest drivers:

  1. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) – 1:15.437
  2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 1:15.479 (+0.042)
  3. Sergio Perez (Racing Point) – 1:15.598 (+0.161)

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