HUNGARORING, 26th July 2014 (F1Plus / Katie Grimmett) - Lewis Hamilton led the way in FP3 this morning, continuing his impressive run of form at the Hungaroring.
Despite initially struggling with handling in the early stages, dropping him as low as eighteenth in the standings, Hamilton produced the fastest time of the day - his 1:24.048 almost half a second faster than his best result yesterday. Hamilton led all the practice sessions this weekend.
Nico Rosberg was just four one-hundreths-of-a-second behind in second.
The German struggled in the early stages but seemed much more confident on the soft tyre compound. The Mercedes duo were reportedly testing different brake pads and disks following Hamilton’s issues last week in Germany.
It was Red Bull who proved to be best of the rest in Budapest. Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo were in third and fourth respectively, half a second behind the leader.
Valterri Bottas was a strong fifth for Williams, remaining consistent throughout the session, outpacing his struggling team mate Felipe Massa.
Fernando Alonso was the last driver on track but was immediately competitive throughout morning running, placing sixth overall. He was joined by fellow Ferrari racer Kimi Raikkonen in seventh.
Kevin Magnussen was the highest-placed rookie in eighth for McLaren keeping the fast-finishing Toro Rosso duo at bay in the latter stages.
Despite showing promising speed on the soft tyres, Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat were ninth and tenth for the Italian outfit.
Meanwhile, Felipe Massa and Jenson Button were the biggest fallers from the top ten, settling for eleventh and twelfth in front of the Lotus duo.
Kamui Kobabyshi made good use of the run off area, placing nineteenth for Caterham.
The Japanese racer won the battle of the backmarkers, with Jules Bianchi twenty-second and slowest for Marussia at the close of FP3.