Mark Webber, Red Bull, Hungaroring, 2012

Webber edges Hamilton in final practice

2012 Hungarian Grand Prix third practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Hungaroring, 2012Mark Webber headed the times in the final practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver set the quickest time of the weekend so far, covering a lap of the Hungaroring in 1’21.550.

Kimi Raikkonen set the pace to begin with on medium tyres with a 1’22.718. That was beaten by Lewis Hamilton, the McLaren driver taking a couple of laps to string together a series of fastest sectors.

Once he did the McLaren was flying, Hamilton eventually lowering his best to a 1’21.706.

Meanwhile Red Bull were making an early start on assessing the soft tyres. Sebastian Vettel’s first lap on them was just 0.035s faster than Hamilton’s on mediums.

Vettel improved his middle sector time on his second effort but wasn’t able to lower his lap time. Team mate Mark Webber was, however, setting a 1’21.550 to go fastest.

That stood as the fastest time of the session as Hamilton was unable to beat it after he switched to soft tyres. A 1’21.643 left him less than a tenth of a second off.

Team mate Jenson Button couldn’t get much out of the soft tyres either – he ended the session tenth, 0.683s off the pace.

Bruno Senna repeated his strong performance from yesterday and was fourth with a lap of 1’21.876.

The Ferrari drivers stayed in the pits for the first 20 minutes of the session. Once they emerged, Fernando Alonso went fifth quickest with a lap of 1’21.884.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’21.550 27
2 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’21.643 0.093 17
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’21.671 0.121 29
4 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’21.876 0.326 22
5 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’21.884 0.334 13
6 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’21.953 0.403 20
7 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’22.110 0.560 24
8 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’22.136 0.586 15
9 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’22.191 0.641 20
10 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’22.233 0.683 24
11 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’22.381 0.831 21
12 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’22.387 0.837 20
13 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’22.492 0.942 26
14 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’22.530 0.980 25
15 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’22.597 1.047 23
16 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’22.716 1.166 24
17 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’22.868 1.318 30
18 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’22.931 1.381 30
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’24.036 2.486 20
20 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’24.547 2.997 18
21 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’25.224 3.674 22
22 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’25.497 3.947 21
23 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’26.785 5.235 20
24 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’26.898 5.348 26

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Fri/Sat diff Total laps
1 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’24.546 1’23.814 1’21.550 -2.264 68
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’22.821 1’21.995 1’21.643 -0.352 67
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’24.608 1’22.824 1’21.671 -1.153 72
4 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’22.253 1’21.876 -0.377 56
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’23.397 1’22.582 1’21.884 -0.698 59
6 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’23.983 1’22.180 1’21.953 -0.227 64
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’23.633 1’22.922 1’22.110 -0.812 60
8 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’23.904 1’22.417 1’22.136 -0.281 69
9 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’24.559 1’22.794 1’22.191 -0.603 65
10 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’22.922 1’22.747 1’22.233 -0.514 65
11 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’24.300 1’23.337 1’22.381 -0.956 70
12 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’24.394 1’23.841 1’22.387 -1.454 67
13 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’25.559 1’24.328 1’22.492 -1.836 78
14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’23.713 1’22.530 -1.183 51
15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’24.268 1’24.623 1’22.597 -1.671 73
16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’25.354 1’24.345 1’22.716 -1.629 77
17 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’23.845 1’23.160 1’22.868 -0.292 75
18 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’23.628 1’23.164 1’22.931 -0.233 88
19 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’26.755 1’25.220 1’24.036 -1.184 78
20 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’24.152 24
21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’26.440 1’24.823 1’24.547 -0.276 75
22 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’26.705 1’27.185 1’25.224 -1.481 69
23 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’27.015 1’27.104 1’25.497 -1.518 73
24 Jules Bianchi Force India-Mercedes 1’25.715 26
25 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’27.101 1’27.106 1’26.785 -0.316 60
26 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’27.822 1’26.898 -0.924 46
27 Dani Clos HRT-Cosworth 1’28.176 24

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