Hungarian GP
Credit: Mercedes-AMG F1 Press, Wolfgang Wilhelm

Lewis Hamilton was fastest around the dark asphalt of the Hungaroring in the final practice session of the weekend before qualifying.

Despite pitting early to remove a pin from his right tyre, Hamilton produced a time of 1m16.826s, 0.088s ahead of his biggest rival, Max Verstappen, in second.

Behind Verstappen was Valtteri Bottas in third, closely followed by the two Ferraris of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc in fourth and fifth.

It was a clean race until the halfway point where Mick Schumacher’s Haas collided with the wall at turn 11, deploying a red flag.

The impact could have potentially ended Schumacher’s qualifying session before it has even begun, ultimately putting him at the back of the grid for tomorrow’s race.

Following the Red Flag period, most cars finished off their final practice on the soft tyres to try and push themselves up the rankings.

Lando Norris slotted himself into sixth behind the two Ferraris whilst Sergio Perez finished in seventh.

Being eight-tenths down from his teammate, Perez could not find the speed to keep up with the pace thus he will have some work to do entering this afternoon’s qualifying session.

The McLaren of Daniel Ricciardo followed in eighth ahead of Fernando Alonso in ninth.

Lance Stroll suffered a hit from Nicholas Latifi in the pit lane caused by a dangerous exit from the Canadian Williams Driver. Despite the contact with Latifi’s front wing, Stroll managed to avoid damage and finish off in tenth.

The collision is currently being investigated.

Pierre Gasly just missed out on the top-10 as he finished in 11th.

Below the AlphaTauri was Esteban Ocon in 12th and Sebastian Vettel in 13th.

Yuki Tsunoda needed a big session today to show that he has the potential to reach Q3 this afternoon but could only manage 14th in the final practice session of the weekend.

Kimi Raikkonen finished in 15th ahead of the two Williams of George Russell in 16th and Latifi in 17th.

Finishing off the order was Antonio Giovinazzi in 18th and the two Haas cars in 19th and 20th.

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