FAST HOT-HEAD: Lotus driver Romain Grosjean was the fastest in the final free practice session on Saturday ahead of the 2013 Hungarian GP. Image: AFP
BUDAPEST, Hungary - Romain Grosjean put Lotus on top of the time sheets in final practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday with the fastest lap of the weekend so far.
The Frenchman, who has yet to win a Formula 1 race, lapped with a best time of 1min20.730sec - comfortably inside Lewis Hamilton's 2012 pole position for McLaren of 1min20.953.
LAST MINUTE CRASH
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was second fastest with Mexican Sergio Perez third for McLaren, despite crashing into the barriers minutes from the end, in blazing hot conditions at the Hungaroring outside Budapest.
The air temperature hovered around 33 degrees Celsius while track temperatures soared to 46.
Red Bull's triple World champion Sebastian Vettel, who was quickest in both practice sessions on Friday and has a 34 point lead over Alonso after nine of 19 races, was only fourth fastest.
The German was clearly working more on long runs with the medium tyres than setting a time with the softs.
Hamilton, on pole in the last two races and a three times winner in Hungary, was sixth on the time sheets for Mercedes.
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