Lewis Hamilton has remained fastest overall in the third practice session, narrowly beating his team-mate Nico Rosberg by under 0.05 seconds.
Hamilton reported early on in the session that he was struggling to get the car stopped, using new Carbon Industrie brakes rather than his usual Brembo.
The gap between the medium and the soft tyre is a large one, with around 1.5 seconds separating the two compounds. Hamilton’s last run on the medium compound was a 1:25.682, when he moved to his qualifying simulation, he ended the session on a 1:24.048.
Sebastian Vettel was again third fastest, although four tenths slower than the Mercedes pair. The four-time world champion is happier with his car than he has been all year.
Two tenths behind was his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, who has trailed Vettel all weekend so far. Ricciardo was just 0.007 seconds faster than Valtteri Bottas in the Williams.
Bottas’ team-mate Felipe Massa was down the order in 11th, half a second off the Finn’s pace.
Both Force India’s found themselves well down the order, Nico Hulkenberg could only manage 17th with a best time of 1:26.035, which was almost two seconds slower than the Silver Arrows. Sergio Perez was a tenth behind in 18th position.
Kamui Kobayashi outpaced both Marussia drivers of Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi in 19th, with Marcus Ericsson 21st after he had a spin at Turn 11.
2014 Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 3 Results:
|Driver||Team / Entry||Time||Gap||Laps|
|1.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05||1:24.048||21|
|2.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05||1:24.095||+ 0.047||24|
|3.||Sebastian Vettel||Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10||1:24.455||+ 0.407||16|
|4.||Daniel Ricciardo||Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10||1:24.678||+ 0.630||15|
|5.||Valtteri Bottas||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36||1:24.685||+ 0.637||21|
|6.||Fernando Alonso||Scuderia Ferrari F14T||1:24.769||+ 0.721||11|
|7.||Kimi Räikkönen||Scuderia Ferrari F14T||1:24.818||+ 0.770||19|
|8.||Kevin Magnussen||McLaren Mercedes MP4-29||1:24.867||+ 0.819||21|
|9.||Jean-Éric Vergne||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9||1:25.162||+ 1.114||17|
|10.||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9||1:25.170||+ 1.122||19|
|11.||Felipe Massa||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36||1:25.231||+ 1.183||18|
|12.||Jenson Button||McLaren Mercedes MP4-29||1:25.468||+ 1.420||14|
|13.||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus F1 Team Renault E22||1:25.829||+ 1.781||22|
|14.||Romain Grosjean||Lotus F1 Team Renault E22||1:25.859||+ 1.811||19|
|15.||Adrian Sutil||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33||1:25.934||+ 1.886||21|
|16.||Esteban Gutiérrez||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33||1:26.023||+ 1.975||23|
|17.||Nico Hülkenberg||Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07||1:26.035||+ 1.987||19|
|18.||Sergio Pérez||Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07||1:26.142||+ 2.094||17|
|19.||Kamui Kobayashi||Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05||1:27.560||+ 3.512||23|
|20.||Max Chilton||Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03||1:28.083||+ 4.035||17|
|21.||Marcus Ericsson||Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05||1:28.605||+ 4.557||22|
|22.||Jules Bianchi||Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03||1:28.821||+ 4.773||14|
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