Hamilton edges Rosberg to top third and final practice


Lewis Hamilton made it a clean-sweep on Saturday morning, with fastest during the third and final free practice ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Hamilton, fastest during the initial running, held onto the top spot with a lap of 1:24.048 on the soft tyres in the closing minutes of the hour-long session, edging his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by just five-hundredths of a second.

Sebastian Vettel was third, four tenths shy of the Mercedes pair, ahead of his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

Valtteri Bottas was the best of the Williams cars, the Finn fifth fastest, while Felipe Massa was just 11th.

The two Ferraris were sixth and seventh, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen separated by just a tenth of a second.

Kevin Magnussen continued his strong start in Hungary with eighth in the lead McLaren, eighth tenths adrift of Hamilton’s session topping time, and six tenths up on his own team-mate Jenson Button, who was just 12th.

Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat underlined Toro Rosso’s recent form with ninth and tenth fastest respectively.

The two Lotus’ ended the morning 13th and 14th, Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean both in the 1:25.8s.

Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez were just 17th and 18th for Force India, behind the Sauber’s of Ardian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez.

Kamui Kobayashi was once again the best of the backmarkers, the Caterham racer ahead of both Marussias and his team-mate Marcus Ericsson, who ended the session 21st.

Jules Bianchi propped up the time sheets in 22nd, after the Frenchman failed to complete a qualifying run on the soft tyres late in the session.


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