Vettel on top again in final Hungarian practice

Jul 29, 2018, 18:10
Vettel on top again in final Hungarian practice

Vettel was cruising in Germany, but crashed toward the end to hand Hamilton the championship lead by 17 points after 11 of 21 races.

A heavy downpour made for a very lively qualifying session at the Hungarian Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton benefitting and posting the fastest time of 1:35.658.

Mercedes are expecting a hard weekend on a track that they believe does not suit their vehicle, and the first indications are that Ferrari and Red Bull do have a small advantage.

"Ferrari have been quickest all weekend and we were doing our best to catch up, but then the heavens opened and it was fair game".

The scenario changed in a matter of seconds, and Vettel will start fourth behind Raikkonen.

"He wasn't particularly happy with his own driving. then come qualifying, the session that matters, he was there", Wolff said.

"I don't think there was an terrible lot missing", he said.

The Briton has won five times previously at the Hungaroring, but never in a year in which he has gone on to take the championship.

Verstappen also had a spin, at Turn One, and the other Sauber driver in the session, Antonio Giovinazzi, who was driving Charles Leclerc's vehicle, suffered a major lock-up early in the session. In the wet conditions, we are not as confident as in the dry, so there's work to do. In such tricky conditions with so much pressure today, hopefully the more and more and more I do, days like this, hopefully, bit by bit, maybe we will change the mentality or the thought process of fans who maybe thought one way, shift them to the other way.

Behind the front four was Spaniard Carlos Sainz, who had been improving with each practice session and whose Renault will be in fifth place on the grid.

Hamilton looked on the back foot in Hungary practice.

Teammate Max Verstappen could manage only seventh behind French driver Pierre Gasly's Toro Rosso auto and the Renault of fifth-place Carlos Sainz.

The British driver complained on team radio about a lack of grip, having also been concerned with his tires.