After conceding the top-spot to Ferrari in FP2, Valtteri Bottas and Mercedes returned to the front with another 1-2 in final practice in Hungary on Sa

Hungary FP3: Bottas, Mercedes back in front

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2020-07-18 14:06:25

After conceding the top-spot to Ferrari in FP2, Valtteri Bottas and Mercedes returned to the front with another 1-2 in final practice in Hungary on Saturday.

Setting the pace with a time of 1:15.437, Bottas was 0.042 seconds clear of teammate Lewis Hamilton, as the pair used the return to normal conditions after Friday’s wet FP2 to reinforce the notion they remain the team to beat.

That said, their advantage was significantly diminished from FP1, with Racing Point’s Sergio Perez just 0.161s behind, the Mexican emphasizing just why his ‘Pink Mercedes’ is under protest.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was a further 0.183s back, indicating Ferrari might have made real progress with their upgrades, while Lance Stroll was fifth fastest, four-tenths down on teammate Perez.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was sixth in what he will probably deem an unsatisfying session for the team, with a massive spin at turn 12 exemplifying the struggles he had with the balance of his car.

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