Hungary FP3: Mercedes top again, Racing Point rapid

Valtteri Bottas topped the final practice session for Mercedes in Hungary on Saturday morning, a fraction ahead of his teammate Lewis Hamilton. 

Mercedes were confidently quick all through the session and as is progressed they would consistently return to the top of the timing screens.

They were kept honest by a rapid Sergio Perez of Racing Point. Perez was 0.161s off Bottas’ time with some mention of a pole position challenge for him.

Ferrari put in a more solid showing but are still firmly in the midfield. Charles Leclerc placed fourth which was a strong position for the Italian team.

Perez’s teammate Lance Stroll finished the session fifth, half a second down on his teammate but still firmly in contention.

Verstappen rung the neck out of an incredibly tricky handling car to get the sixth place. He had a hairy session in a car that looked very skittish and lacked the drivability of rivals.

Lando Norris was seventh in the lead McLaren which is a car that looked much nicer to drive than the Red Bull.

Sebastian Vettel was eighth with a large gap to Leclerc losing all the time in the final sector of the qualifying simulation lap.

Pierre Gasly had more technical gremlins for the third session in a row but did very well to still set a laptime to go ninth best.

Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top ten with Carlos Sainz in 11th.

Alex Albon struggled with the Red Bull more than his teammate and was 12th. The car was not forgiving at all and was very eager to spin.

Esteban Ocon was 13th and George Russell was 14th showing excellent pace in the Williams once again, his middle sector being two tenths off the Red Bull.

The two Haas cars were 15th and 16th with Romain Grosjean leading Kevin Magnussen. The Ferrari customer teams struggling with the Alfa Romeos in 18th and 19th, Antonio Giovinazzi ahead of Kimi Raikkonen.

The Alfa Romeos were split by Daniil Kvyat’s AlphaTauri and Nicholas Latifi rounded out the positions after spinning on his qualifying simulation run.

Qualifying is still open. Whether Red Bull can get on top of their set up issues or can Racing Point even challenge Mercedes?