FP3: Hamilton units benchmark in ultimate apply
Eight-time Hungaroring winner Lewis Hamilton bounced again atfer a low-key efficiency on Friday to set the quickest lap within the third and ultimate apply on the Hungarian Grand Prix. F1Technical’s Balazs Szabo studies from the Hungaroring paddock.
After Friday’s opening apply was interrupted by a heavy crash of Sergio Perez after which by rain, and the second session noticed drivers save their tyres because of Pirelli’s new tyre allocation, the third and ultimate apply introduced a extra intense run plan for drivers.
Mercedes drivers targeting heavy gas runs yesterday, however they determined to conduct a qualifying simulation on Pirelli’s red-walled tender tyres on low gas. Lewis Hamilton nailed his first lap to set the quickest time of the session with a 1m17.811s to beat the Crimson Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.
The Dutchman complained a few lack of grip whereas his group mate seems to be to be extra comfy in his RB19 following 5 troublesome weekends. Curiously, Verstappen was the one driver alongside the 2 Ferrari racers to commit himself to a long term.
Haas driver Nico Hulkenberg took an attention grabbing fourth forward of McLaren’s Lando Norris with George Russell ending the session in P6.
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Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz performed a critical long term in the course of the one-hour session with each of them racking up 16 laps throughout their excessive gas run.
Nonetheless, their one-lap tempo was much less spectacular with Leclerc and Sainz solely taking seventh and eighth. It’s value noting that the Monegasque ended yesterday’s second session atop of the timesheet along with his benchmark two tenths of a second quicker than what Hamilton managed at the moment.
Aston Martin had a fairly session with Fernando Alonso ending the ultimate apply in P9 whereas his team-mate Lance Stroll two locations additional down the order.
Regardless of their upgrades, Alpine displayed a low-key efficiency within the ultimate apply with their drivers Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon taking solely sixteenth and nineteenth respectively.
Former winner on the Hungaroring, Daniel Ricciardo was 18th for AlphaTauri, along with his Japanese team-mate Yuki Tsunoda left on the backside of the sphere.
Pos.No.DriverCarTimeGapLaps144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:17.8112021Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda Rbpt1:18.061+0.250s23311Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Honda Rbpt1:18.067+0.256s25427Nico HulkenbergHaas Ferrari1:18.077+0.266s2154Lando NorrisMclaren Mercedes1:18.082+0.271s19663George RussellMercedes1:18.119+0.308s22716Charles LeclercFerrari1:18.190+0.379s28855Carlos SainzFerrari1:18.234+0.423s29914Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:18.350+0.539s201077Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:18.489+0.678s241118Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:18.536+0.725s201224Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:18.544+0.733s231323Alexander AlbonWilliams Mercedes1:18.592+0.781s171481Oscar PiastriMclaren Mercedes1:18.598+0.787s191520Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:18.649+0.838s261610Pierre GaslyAlpine Renault1:18.776+0.965s22172Logan SargeantWilliams Mercedes1:18.814+1.003s16183Daniel RicciardoAlphatauri Honda Rbpt1:18.828+1.017s281931Esteban OconAlpine Renault1:18.979+1.168s222022Yuki TsunodaAlphatauri Honda Rbpt1:19.156+1.345s29