Lotus’ Romain Grosjean took the top spot in the third and final practice session ahead of this Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix. The Red Bull’s of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber had led a 1-2 during both Friday sessions but were today demoted to fourth and seventh respectively.
Fernando Alonso was close behind Grosjean in second place and followed by Sergio Perez who set his best lap before spinning out of Turn 11 and hitting a barrier, leaving his mechanics with some serious repairing to do in time for Qualifying. Vettel couldn’t better fourth for Red Bull and was separated from team-mate Webber by Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton in fifth and sixth respectively. Nico Rosberg was eighth for Mercedes, Button ninth for McLaren and Sutil tenth for Force India in his 100th Grand Prix.
Kimi Raikkonen dropped down to eleventh in FP3, compared to 1st for his team-mate. Pastor Maldonado took twelfth for Williams followed by Paul di Resta in thirteenth, Nico Hulkenberg in fourteenth and the Toro Rosso duo of Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne in fifteenth and sixteenth. Valtteri Bottas was narrowly ahead of the backmarkers when he finished seventeenth for Williams while Giedo van der Garde and Charles Pic took eighteenth and nineteenth for Caterham. The Marussia duo came next with Bianchi trumping Chilton. Esteban Gutierrez was twenty-second having missed the entire session due to an engine change.