Saturday, 26 July 2014

Hamilton leads the way in final practice

(Mercedes AMG F1 Team)

Mercedes Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in the final practice session before today's qualifying for tomorrow's Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring. The 2008 world champion set a fastest time of 1m 24.048s to finish the session just 0.047s ahead of team mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg. Infiniti Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel was third for the reigning world champions 0.407s behind Rosberg with team mate Daniel Ricciardo in 4th place.

Valtteri Bottas improves on yesterday's performance's for Williams Martini Racing as he finished the session in fifth place just ahead of the Ferrari duo of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen. Raikkonen ended the session just 5 one thousandths of a second behind his team mate. 

Kevin Magnussen was 8th fastest for McLaren with Jean Eric Vergne finishing the session in 9th place in firth Toro Rosso while his team mate Daniil Kvyat rounded out the top ten.

Felipe Massa will be hoping for an improvement in qualifying as the Brazilian ended Free Practice Three in 11th place just ahead of Jenson Button in the second McLaren. Pastor Maldonado was 13th for the Lotus F1 Team while his team mate Romain Grosjean was in 14th place showing that the Enstone outfit have made a step forward with the performance of the E22.

Adrian Sutil did a good job for the Sauber F1 Team as he finished the session in 15th place just ahead of team mate Esteban Gutierrrez. It was an extremely disappointing session for the Sahara Force India pair of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez who ended this morning's session down in 18th and 19th place respectively. 

Kamui Kbayashi was the best of the newer team's as he set the 19th fastest time for the Caterham F1 Team just ahead of the Marussia of Max Chilton with Marcus Ericsson in the second Caterham in 21st place whie Jules Bianchi rounded out the time-sheets in 22nd place in the second Marussia. Quailifying gets underway at 1PM (UK time)

© Ben Johnston 2014 

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