Hungarian GP | Rosberg fastest from Verstappen in FP3

Final Free Practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix topped by Nico Rosberg.

Fastest throughout the session, Nico Rosberg topped back-to-back sessions at the Hungarian Grand Prix. But as Rosberg lowered the benchmark closer to a 1 minute 19 lap, Verstappen smashed the final sector to end the hour just two-thousandths of a second down.

After topping the first practice session at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday morning, Hamilton’s day took a turn for the worse in the early stages of FP2. With Hamilton crashing out of the session at speed at Turn 11.

After the team retired Lewis from the session to check the car, Hamilton laid the blame for his incident with the new kerbs at the Hungaroring. Stating: “Those new white kerbs, I just touched it and whoooa, sent me flying.”

With work needed to recover the lost running, Hamilton was out on track early on in FP3. Setting the early benchmark at 1:21.441 despite a heavy lock up at T12. The lock up did, however, cost Lewis running as the team rushed the tyre back to Pirelli for it to be rebalanced. Hamilton’s running was again temporarily halted later into the session as they made changes to his seat.

As for Lewis’ team-mate, Nico Rosberg was topping the session again. With Nico lowering the benchmark to 1 minute 20.261, after moving ahead of Ricciardo with continual improvements.

The Red Bull pair of Ricciardo and Verstappen were lapping closest to the Mercedes in Friday practice – although their times appeared too far away to pose a threat. But as FP3 began to wind down, Verstappen linked up a flying lap to cross the line just two-thousandths down on Rosberg.

Verstappen’s qualifying simulation lap came towards the end of the session as the track temperature began to rise over 50 degrees Celsius.

The high temperatures at the Hungaroring left the early running medium tyres operating far outside of their optimal window – while the high temps played to the supersoft options.

Ferrari again was failing to show any signs of competitiveness for the weekend. While McLaren and Renault both had drivers inside the top 10.

Pos Driver Laps Time Gap
1 Nico Rosberg 25 1’20.261
2 Max Verstappen 10 1’20.263 0.002
3 Daniel Ricciardo 22 1’20.726 0.465
4 Lewis Hamilton 23 1’20.769 0.508
5 Kimi Raikkonen 18 1’20.859 0.598
6 Sebastian Vettel 22 1’21.185 0.924
7 Fernando Alonso 11 1’21.584 1.323
8 Valtteri Bottas 21 1’21.649 1.388
9 Sergio Perez 22 1’21.672 1.411
10 Jolyon Palmer 19 1’21.935 1.674
11 Felipe Massa 28 1’21.975 1.714
12 Kevin Magnussen 13 1’21.989 1.728
13 Jenson Button 11 1’22.009 1.748
14 Esteban Gutierrez 15 1’22.142 1.881
15 Romain Grosjean 13 1’22.284 2.023
16 Carlos Sainz Jr. 21 1’22.402 2.141
17 Nico Hulkenberg 22 1’22.427 2.166
18 Daniil Kvyat 18 1’22.541 2.28
19 Felipe Nasr 23 1’22.816 2.555
20 Marcus Ericsson 23 1’23.219 2.958
21 Pascal Wehrlein 24 1’23.311 3.05
22 Rio Haryanto 23 1’23.513 3.252