After rain washed out FP2 on Friday, Saturday proved to be hectic for the F1 paddock as Lewis Hamilton swept the field aside to take pole for the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix.
Racing Point meanwhile were looking to challenge the Silver Arrows whilst Ferrari target a step closer towards a return of form as we round up the best of FP3 and Qualifying plus full results.
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With oil related incidents earlier in the day leaving the first sector covered in cement dust and soil, many teams chose to wait as McLaren and Haas first ventured out for installation laps.
Having sat out FP1 and running in a wet FP2, Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen set the earlier pace before Ferrari then topped the timesheets until Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas came out and went top with a 1m 16.862 on first flier.
Hamilton then took top spot with a 1m 16.472 as Max Verstappen spun on exit of turn 12, where Nicholas Latifi would later in session with both drivers able to drive away under own power.
Bottas and Hamilton soon traded fastest laps with the Brit eventually setting a 1m 16.120 to go fastest in the 32nd minute.
Everyone soon switched to qualifying simulations with Charles Leclerc setting the initial pace with a 1m 15.781, until Bottas produced a session topping 1m 15.437 which was just 0.042s faster than Hamilton’s effort on his second quali simulation flier.
Racing Point’s Sergio Perez finished the session in third ahead of Leclerc and teammate, Lance Stroll who rounded out the top five.
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With 90% chance of rain forecast for the hour-long session which ultimately failed to materialise, teams were straight out on track with Hamilton setting the initial pace of a 1m 15.366, with Kevin Magnussen, Daniil Kvyat, Raikkonen, Latifi and Giovinazzi in the elimination zone after 12 minutes.
Track conditions then rapidly improved which forced everyone back out on track just to be sure of a Q2 place, as several drivers alternated moments in the elimination zone with both Williams drivers escaping the drop for the first time since Italian Grand Prix in 2018.
Eventually, both Haas cars of Magnussen and Romain Grosjean were eliminated with Kvyat sandwiching the pair in 17th and ahead of Alfa Romeo’s Giovinazzi who outqualified teammate, Raikkonen as the Finn suffered his fourth consecutive Q1 exit.
Racing Point’s Perez topped Q1 with a 1m 14.681.
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Williams’ George Russell was straight out on track and set the first timed lap of a 1m 15.698 before the two Racing Points of Stroll and Perez went fastest, albeit on the slower medium tyres.
Hamilton however blitzed the field with a 1m 14.261 on mediums come the end of the first Q2 runs, with Stroll and Perez sat precariously in seventh and eighth when those around them had set their times on soft tyres.
Track conditions however slipped during the mid session lull which meant that there was very little improvement on final runs, meaning that Red Bull’s Alex Albon was a shock exit in 13th position, sandwiching the Renault and Williams’ cars of Daniel Ricciardo, Russell, Esteban Ocon and Latifi respectively in the five Q2 exits.
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Stroll was first out on track and set the first timed Q3 lap of 1m 14.671 which was quickly bettered by Hamilton with a new track record of 1m 13.613 and 0.311s quicker than Bottas.
Come the mid Q3 lull, the top five were Hamilton, Bottas, Stroll, Verstappen and Lando Norris, as Perez saw his initial timed lap deleted for track limits to leave him ninth ahead of the final runs.
Very few improved as Stroll found 0.294s to consolidate third ahead of Perez in an all Racing Point second row, ahead of Vettel and Leclerc who improved to lock out the third row in fifth and sixth respectively.
Bottas also improved on his initial effort but wound up 0.107s short of Hamilton, who clinched his 90th F1 pole whilst Verstappen, Norris, Sainz and Gasly rounded out the top ten in seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth respectively.
|1||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes||1m 15.437|
|2||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||+ 0.042|
|3||Sergio Perez||Racing Point||+ 0.161|
|4||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari||+ 0.344|
|5||Lance Stroll||Racing Point||+ 0.596|
|6||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||+ 0.647|
|7||Lando Norris||McLaren||+ 0.756|
|8||Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari||+ 0.914|
|9||Pierre Gasly||Alpha Tauri||+ 1.016|
|10||Daniel Ricciardo||Renault||+ 1.071|
|11||Carlos Sainz||McLaren||+ 1.108|
|12||Alex Albon||Red Bull||+ 1.145|
|13||Esteban Ocon||Renault||+ 1.269|
|14||George Russell||Williams||+ 1.410|
|15||Romain Grosjean||Haas||+ 1.429|
|16||Kevin Magnussen||Haas||+ 1.649|
|17||Daniil Kvyat||Alpha Tauri||+ 1.855|
|18||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||+ 2.059|
|19||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||+ 2.090|
|20||Nicholas Latifi||Williams||+ 2.213|
|1||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||1m 13.447|
|2||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes||+ 0.107|
|3||Lance Stroll||Racing Point||+ 0.930|
|4||Sergio Perez||Racing Point||+ 1.098|
|5||Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari||+ 1.327|
|6||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari||+ 1.370|
|7||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||+ 1.402|
|8||Lando Norris||McLaren||+ 1.519|
|9||Carlos Sainz||McLaren||+ 1.580|
|10||Pierre Gasly||Alpha Tauri||No Time Set|
|11||Daniel Ricciardo||Renault||1m 15.661|
|12||George Russell||Williams||+ 0.037|
|13||Alex Albon||Red Bull||+ 0.054|
|14||Esteban Ocon||Renault||+ 0.081|
|15||Nicholas Latifi||Williams||+ 0.883|
|16||Kevin Magnussen||Haas||1m 16.152|
|17||Daniil Kvyat||Alpha Tauri||+ 0.054|
|18||Romain Grosjean||Haas||+ 0.255|
|19||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||+ 0.354|
|20||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||+ 0.462|