Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Hungaroring, 2013

Grosjean ends practice on top as Perez crashes

2013 Hungarian Grand Prix third practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Hungaroring, 2013Romain Grosjean headed the practice times on Saturday morning at the Hungaroring.

But a crash in the closing minutes of the session for Sergio Perez frustrated the attempts of rival drivers to improve their times.

Fernando Alonso was one of the first drivers to tackle the circuit using soft tyres at the end of the session and led the way with a 1’20.898.

Grosjean beat the time and Perez moved up to third with a 1’21.052 which put the McLaren between the two Ferraris. But shortly afterwards he skidded off at turn 11 and damaged the front-left of his car against the barrier. “I just lost the rear,” he told the team before climbing out.

Sebastian Vettel had just moved up to fourth place behind the McLaren having spent much of the session in the lower reaches of the lap times. But with yellow flags out for the final two minutes there were no further improvements.

Lewis Hamilton had been quickest on medium tyres earlier in the session, but a scruffy soft tyre lap left him seven ahead of Mark Webber.

The only driver who failed to set a time was Esteban Gutierrez who suffered an engine problem on his Sauber. Max Chilton was slowest after accidentally activating his pit lane speed limiter while trying to select first gear at one point.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’20.730 20
2 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’20.898 0.168 13
3 6 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’21.052 0.322 10
4 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’21.125 0.395 27
5 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’21.151 0.421 14
6 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’21.158 0.428 19
7 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’21.254 0.524 17
8 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’21.356 0.626 23
9 5 Jenson Button McLaren 1’21.499 0.769 15
10 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’21.519 0.789 20
11 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’21.589 0.859 17
12 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’21.646 0.916 19
13 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’21.963 1.233 21
14 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’21.964 1.234 21
15 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’22.180 1.450 18
16 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’22.423 1.693 19
17 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’23.028 2.298 16
18 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’23.975 3.245 21
19 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’23.987 3.257 19
20 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’24.298 3.568 20
21 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’25.122 4.392 20

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Fri/Sat diff Total laps
1 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’23.111 1’21.417 1’20.730 -0.687 80
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’23.099 1’21.426 1’20.898 -0.528 69
3 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’23.591 1’22.529 1’21.052 -1.477 73
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’22.723 1’21.264 1’21.125 -0.139 80
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’24.299 1’21.544 1’21.151 -0.393 70
6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’24.157 1’21.802 1’21.158 -0.644 89
7 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’22.982 1’21.308 1’21.254 -0.054 83
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’23.531 1’21.991 1’21.356 -0.635 91
9 Jenson Button McLaren 1’23.370 1’22.180 1’21.499 -0.681 82
10 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’23.390 1’22.304 1’21.519 -0.785 81
11 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’23.010 1’22.011 1’21.589 -0.422 69
12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’23.911 1’22.781 1’21.646 -1.135 76
13 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’24.608 1’22.526 1’21.963 -0.563 81
14 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’24.314 1’22.841 1’21.964 -0.877 83
15 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’24.383 1’23.411 1’22.180 -1.231 83
16 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’24.204 1’23.369 1’22.423 -0.946 68
17 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’24.119 1’22.837 65
18 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’24.150 1’23.646 1’23.028 -0.618 77
19 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’26.808 1’25.065 1’23.975 -1.09 82
20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’25.827 1’24.325 1’23.987 -0.338 81
21 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’27.617 1’25.143 1’24.298 -0.845 79
22 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’26.647 1’25.122 -1.525 53
23 Rodolfo Gonzalez Marussia-Cosworth 1’28.927 25

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