Grosjean tops final Hungarian practice

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Romain Grosjean topped the times in the final practice session at the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend. Fernando Alonso went second fastest while many others were denied a flying lap due to Sergio Pérez crashing off in the final minutes.

Final practice kicked off with the usual installation laps. Fastest man of Friday, Sebastian Vettel was the last one to do so, and by that time, both Caterham cars found themselves on top of the timesheet, knowing that nobody else set a time this early in the session.

Ten minutes later Raikkonen and Grosjean lead the times, but a bit later it was Lewis Hamilton who emerged on top, showing Mercedes have seemingly found quite a bit of time overnight. At this point in the session, everybody is running on the medium tyres, and nobody got closer than 4 tenths off of Hamilton's best.

Sebastian Vettel meanwhile didn't try to put any quick laptimes in as he focused on consistent long run pace on the medium tyres. And consistent he was, setting times that were very similar still after 15 laps of running on that set of mediums.

10 minutes from the end Alonso is the first to go out on the softer option tyres, followed by Grosjean and basically the rest of the pack within the next 3 minutes.

Alonso set a 1:20.898 on his first lap. Grosjean went one tenth faster. Perez slotted into third, ahead of Vettel and Massa.

One lap later though, McLaren driver Sergio Perez locks the rear wheels and ends up in the tyre barriers on the outside of turn 11. The event left Perez infuriated and triggered a yellow flag and prevented any further improvements on track.


18Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:20.730-20
23Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:20.8980.16813
36Sergio PerezMcLaren-Mercedes1:21.0520.32210
41Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:21.1250.39527
54Felipe MassaFerrari1:21.1510.42114
610Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:21.1580.42819
72Mark WebberRed Bull Racing-Renault1:21.2540.52417
89Nico RosbergMercedes1:21.3560.62623
95Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:21.4990.76915
1015Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes1:21.5190.78920
117Kimi RäikkönenLotus-Renault1:21.5890.85917
1216Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault1:21.6460.91619
1314Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes1:21.9631.23321
1411Nico HulkenbergSauber-Ferrari1:21.9641.23421
1519Daniel RicciardoStr-Ferrari1:22.1801.45018
1618Jean-Eric VergneStr-Ferrari1:22.4231.69319
1717Valtteri BottasWilliams-Renault1:23.0282.29816
1821Giedo van der GardeCaterham-Renault1:23.9753.24521
1920Charles PicCaterham-Renault1:23.9873.25719
2022Jules BianchiMarussia-Cosworth1:24.2983.568
2123Max ChiltonMarussia-Cosworth1:25.1224.392
2212Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari