QUICKEST IN HUNGARY: Lewis Hamilton topped the time sheets during the third and final practice session ahead of qualifying for the 2015 Hungarian GP. Image: AP / Darko Vojinovic
BUDAPEST, Hungary - Double Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton completed a 2015 Hungarian GP treble on Saturday (July 25) with the fastest lap in final practice after also dominating the previous two sessions.
His best lap was 0.098 quicker than second placed Mercedes team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg.
Rosberg's car stopped at the end of the pits lane in the final minute. He climbed out before helping his mechanics roll the car back.
ROSBERG'S CAR ISSUES
Mercedes technical head Paddy Lowe told the BBC: "It seemed like the engine stalled. We don't know more than that at moment, but it was not planned. We found a few issues last night which we were able to correct and he started in a bit better place today and we saw that in the lap times."
As it happened: 2015 Hungarian GP - 3rd practice
Hamilton, who set a best lap of 1min22.997, has won four times previously in Budapest and will be chasing his ninth pole position in 10 races. He leads closest rival Rosberg by 17 points.
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was third fastest, but team mate Kimi Raikkonen was sidelined by a water leak and was only 16th, while Russian Daniil Kvyat was fourth for Red Bull.
Force India got both their cars back out on track after sitting out Friday's second practice following Mexican Sergio Perez's big crash in the opening session.
Nico Hulkenberg was sixth fastest while Perez was 15th on the timesheets.
2015 Hungarian GP results:
1 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1min22.997
2 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1min23.095
3 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 1min23.886
4 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Red Bull 1min24.215
5 Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso 1min24.326
6 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Force India 1min24.483
7 Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso 1min24.678
8 Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 1min24.846
9 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 1min24.929
10 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 1min24.941
11 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus 1min24.953
12 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 1min25.094
13 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1min25.229
14 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 1min25.345
15 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 1min25.393
16 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1min25.661
17 Felipe Nasr (Brazil) Sauber 1min26.060
18 Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber 1min26.095
19 Will Stevens (Britain) Marussia 1min28.757
20 Roberto Merhi (Spain) Marussia 1min28.908
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