Hamilton completes practice clean sweep

By on Saturday, July 25, 2015
Pirelli Media

Pirelli Media

World Champion Lewis Hamilton continued his fine form at the Hungarian Grand Prix as he posted the fastest time during the final practice session.

Hamilton was the only driver to dip below the 1:23 mark as he clocked a 1:22.997 on Option tyres to end the session 0.098s clear of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Rosberg had to walk back to his garage with two minutes of the session remaining as he stopped at the end of the pit lane while attempting a practice start.

Mercedes was comfortably clear of its rivals, with third-placed Sebastian Vettel eight-tenths of a second adrift.

Daniil Kvyat was fourth for Red Bull, ahead of Daniil Kvyat and Nico Hülkenberg, who posted his best time comparatively early due to Force India’s lack of running on Friday.

Max Verstappen posted the seventh best time while Fernando Alonso was eighth despite running wide at Turn 1 as he attempted a flying lap.

Daniel Ricciardo could manage only ninth after going wide at Turn 5, while Lotus driver Romain Grosjean beat team-mate Pastor Maldonado to 10th spot.

Williams was only 12th and 14th, with Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas sandwiching McLaren’s Jenson Button.

Sergio Pérez returned to action following his accident and was 15th, while Kimi Räikkönen was relegated to 16th due to a water leak in his Ferrari, which prevented the Finn from conducting a qualifying simulation.

Sauber had another lowly session as it struggled to 17th and 18th, with Felipe Nasr ahead of Marcus Ericsson, while Manor Marussia was almost three seconds further adrift of the Swiss team, Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi completing the runners.

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