Vettel edges Bottas but Mercedes struggle – FP3 Report

Ferrari looking the favourites ahead of qualifying

Hungarian Grand Prix – Sebastian Vettel edged Valtteri Bottas to lead the final practice session ahead of the qualifying hour in Budapest.

On a cloudier – but equally as hot – day at the Hungaroring, Ferrari’s Vettel set the pace with a 1:16.170, with the Ferraris looking much more stable than the Mercedes around the twisty circuit.

Valtteri Bottas managed to control his Mercedes for long enough to set the second-fastest time – just 0.059 behind Vettel – ahead of the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen, who failed to complete a clean lap on his qualifying simulation.

Both Bottas and Lewis Hamilton spun at the chicane as they struggled to get to grips with their cars, and the Briton ended the session fourth fastest, albeit half-a-second behind his team-mate.

The Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen finished several tenths off the pace, reducing hopes that the team can challenge for pole position today.

The Renault pairing of Carlos Sainz and Nico Hulkenberg finished in seventh and eighth, with Haas’ Romain Grosjean and Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly completing the top ten.

With news breaking overnight that Force India had entered into administration, any outside suspicions of Force India not participating this weekend were put to bed when they took to the track in free practice three.

They will, however, be hoping for more from their qualifying hour after finishing final free practice with Esteban Ocon in fifteenth and Sergio Perez in nineteenth.

There were delays for McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne, who spent a long time in the pits to receive a new floor. He finished down in seventeenth, three paces behind team-mate Fernando Alonso.

To view the full results of the session, click here.

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