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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26 comments on “Grosjean ends practice on top as Perez crashes”

  1. Too hot for the bulls?

  2. Shreyas Mohanty (@)
    27th July 2013, 11:11

    I don’t know what to make of these times – perez ruined a more proper table.

    1. I hope the Fp3 is representative as a Macca fan…..

  3. Chris (@tophercheese21)
    27th July 2013, 11:13

    Grosjean ends practice on top as Perez crashes

    :O :O :O
    What’s this? No Ferrari in the headline?
    Keith must be anti-Ferrari.

    1. @tophercheese21 C’mon ! Its not like they topped the session now .

      1. Chris (@tophercheese21)
        27th July 2013, 11:26

        You realise I was having a jab at the Ferrari fans right? lol

          1. @klaas it’s a fair point…

          2. Chris (@tophercheese21)
            27th July 2013, 14:39

            May be lame, but it’s pretty accurate.

  4. Shreyas Mohanty (@)
    27th July 2013, 11:14

    @force-maikel Not really, Perez crashing towards the end brought out the yellow flags preventing the others from pushing at the end!

    1. Hm, but Red Bull did not look all that great before

      1. @shreyasf1fan and @bascb my point exactly

  5. Looks better than yesterday but don’t take it easy yet!

    1. I remember your comment yesterday LOL . Some cool finnish attitude could come in handy like your picture there :P . having said all that I pray Lewis has a decent outing (P1).

  6. Havent seen the footage but, I heard the rear of Perez’s car hit the barrier and may have damaged the gearbox..

    Can anyone add to this?

    1. Shreyas Mohanty (@)
      27th July 2013, 11:18

      @funtyf1 didn’t really look like a gearbox-breaking crash to me..I may be wrong though.

    2. There is a chance of it breaking down , so they have to be careful of it

  7. Why do teams always waste so much track time? They have two sets of tyres available, and hardly anyone manages more than 15 laps. Virtually everyone only put the softs under with 5 minutes to go, and because of Perez’s crash I don’t think anyone managed to get more than one lap in.

    As for the session itself, Grosjean looked very quick throughout, while Hamilton was strong at the end of a long medium-tyre outing, but not very quick on the soft tyres. I only saw the onboard for a couple of corners, but perhaps Mercedes have taken out some front end to protect the rears for the race.

    Ferrari looked in trouble on the medium tyres, but then Fernando put in a very quick lap on the softs. I’m not changing my prediction just yet, though. Last race in Germany we saw Vettel blitz the opposition in FP3, only not to improve in Q3, so perhaps Ferrari really took all the fuel out.

    Raikkonen struggled the entire session, so this could be a good opportunity for Romain to finish ahead of him. Red Bull seemed confident enough of their qualifying speed to restrict Vettel to race simulations on the mediums, but even so their session was pretty low key. Still, there are no points on Saturday morning.

    1. @adrianmorse
      FP3 is almost everytime dedicated to prepare for qualy, so teams try to refine their setups for one lap pace. And by doing so, they are doing short runs with low fuel. That is one of the reasons.

      On the soft tyre: because they are trying to prepare for qualy, and the options are only good for 2 laps (in qualy). So they want to use the softer tyres at the best possible track conditions, at the end of the session. Also if they put them on too early compared to the others, the track will evolve, other cars will go faster, and they cannot really compare their times.

  8. Qualifying is now very interesting: of course Red Bull weren’t focussing on qualifying pace but even so they don’t seem quite so sure at the top as they did yesterday (the race pace is still deeply impressive though). Lotus interestingly are looking a very good bet for qualifying which hasn’t really been the case at any point this season and Alonso isn’t too far off either. Then there’s Mercedes: they are still quick but look nowhere near as dominant over one lap as they have done in the past.

    It’s shaping up to be a very interesting qualifying, the race is still definitely in Red Bull’s favour it appears though.

    1. I think Vettel will still nail it, he’s shown us time and again that he has no trouble eking out that speed at the right moment.

      He might be pushed by Grosjean (or we could see Grosjean in the barriers on a really great lap), and Webber and Hamilton could well be right on it too. But I have confidence he will be able to get it done.

      1. @bascb I think for pole it’s definitely between Vettel and Grosjean right now but I think where the latter may falter is in the final corner: the rear of that Lotus did not seem planted at all through there whereas the Red Bull as ever looks like it’s on rails on low fuel.

  9. I got the impression that RBR were gathering data on how the medium tyres handled a long stint in the hot conditions. Vettel did a lot of consecutive “slowish” laps in the 1’25’ range. My guess is they are confident of their qualifying pace but unsure of their race strategy.

    1. @cynical yes they were doing long run practice, a reason for which was suggested that they already had qualifying nailed. So really they were just focusing on the biggest area for improvement as of course pit strategy will be even more key this weekend (there’s an extra 4 second penalty over the normal pit stop time due to the lower speed limit should you need to 3 stop over a 2).

  10. looks like qualifying is going to be really close today, however it’s great to see that lotus single-lap pace seems to have increased by quite a lot!

  11. I thought drivers couldnt use pit limiter anywhere else except the pitlane? I read once that it was found out that in slow corners drivers would simply activate teh limiter instead of manually slowing down so the use of the button was banned on the track?

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