GP Hungary 2015: 3rd practice

GP Hungary 2015 (3rd training)
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A ot the Hungaroring, the Mercedes- Dominance of the season so far continued. Lewis Hamilton only showed the competition the rear on Friday, and on Saturday morning in the third training session, Nico Rosberg found his usual form.

The World Cup runner-up pushed his toughest rival up to 0.098 seconds, who burned the fastest time in 1: 22.997 minutes on the soft tires in the asphalt. The day before, Rosberg had caught over seven tenths on Hamilton. Nevertheless: With three best times in three training sessions, the world champion is the number one contender for pole position.

Vettel comes forward behind Mercedes

Sebastian Vettel sorted himself behind the Silver Arrows on Saturday morning. Compared to yesterday, there was a clear increase. However, the Heppenheimer already caught a gap of 0.889 seconds on the 4.381-kilometer circuit. An attack on Mercedes is out of the question.

Team mate Kimi Räikkönen, who has so far made a stronger impression than Vettel, only finished 16th. However, the Finn did not do a lap on the softer rubbers. Only his time on the medium tires of 1: 25.661 minutes went into the ranking. In the final phase, the Ferrari mechanics investigated a problem with Raikkonen's SF15-T. There is probably a water leak. The 2007 world champion had previously driven straight ahead in the chicane for no apparent reason. In total he only got twelve laps.

Daniil Kvyat grabbed fourth place in the third practice session. The young Russian confirmed the good Red Bull form this weekend. He was 1.218 seconds short of the top. His stable mate Daniel Ricciardo couldn't manage a good time on the soft tires and finished ninth. Anyway, the last few minutes were marked by a lot of traffic on the track, which screwed up more meaningful lap times for some drivers.

Force India solves technical problems

Carlos Sainz makes a strong impression. The Spaniard lined up in his Toro Rosso immediately behind Kvyat - followed by Nico Hülkenberg. Force India analyzed its technical problems overnight and took precautions. Sergio Perez's take-off and the resulting rollover was caused by a defective front part of the lower wishbone on the right rear axletriggered.

The mechanics reinforced the affected area with more carbon so that both pilots could start training. However, Force India was not entirely without flaws. On the home stretch, part of the fairing flew off Hülkenberg's racer.

Max Verstappen underlined the good Toro Rosso performance as seventh. Like the Red Bull sister team, you benefit from the Hungaroring layout without long straights. The same applies to McLaren-Honda. Q3 doesn't seem like a utopian goal for the team for the afternoon. After all, Fernando Alonso finished eighth in the third training session.

Lotus took a step forward. Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado lined up in positions ten and eleven. Sauber has little to laugh about. Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson only left the Manor pilots behind.


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