Rosberg stays on top as Verstappen closes

By on Saturday, July 23, 2016
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Championship leader Nico Rosberg clocked the quickest time for Mercedes during the final practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix, narrowly edging out Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

Rosberg improved on his initial benchmark to clock a lap of 1:20.261, which put him almost half a second clear of the chasing pack.

Verstappen subsequently made progress and posted a time of 1:20.263, putting him just 0.002s shy of Rosberg’s lap.

Daniel Ricciardo was third, 0.465s behind Rosberg, with Lewis Hamilton a low-key fourth, having missed most of Friday’s second session after a crash.

Ferrari took fifth and sixth, with Kimi Räikkönen 0.598s behind Rosberg, as Sebastian Vettel finished over three-tenths adrift of his team-mate.

Fernando Alonso bagged seventh for McLaren, in front of Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Pérez.

Renault had an encouraging session as Jolyon Palmer rounded out the top 10, with Kevin Magnussen in 12th place, behind Felipe Massa.

Jenson Button was 13th, with Haas pair Esteban Gutiérrez and Romain Grosjean 14th and 15th.

Toro Rosso had a low-key hour as Carlos Sainz Jr. and Daniil Kvyat were only 16th and 18th, split by Force India’s Nico Hülkenberg, as Felipe Nasr beat Marcus Ericsson to 19th spot.

Manor drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto completed the field, three seconds down on Rosberg.

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