Nicolas Latifi took the lead in Sunday’s rain-hit third and final practice session at the Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc on a drier track for Williams.
The 27-year-old Canadian clocked an incredible first session of his career with a best lap of one minute: 41.480 seconds, 0.661 seconds ahead of Leclerc, with Williams team-mate Alex Albo nine tenths off third.
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World champion and series leader Max Verstappen was fourth for Red Bull ahead of Mercedes’ George Russell and Alpine’s Fernando Alonso.
Carlos Sainz was followed by Lando Norris of the second Ferrari, retired four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel who crashed in the last minute and Kevin Magnussen of Haas in seventh.
Lewis Hamilton struggled to get any heat on his tires after a tough session as he and Russell struggled, while Sergio Perez struggled and was 20th in the second Red Bull.
After heavy rain the morning before the start of the session, Leclerc was the first man out, followed by Sainz. The Spaniard was very fast at the start before Leclerc reached the top in 1:43.364, nine-ten times faster than his teammate.
Last year’s winner Esteban Ocon and his Alpine team-mate Alonso, both claiming their first Formula 1 win at the Hangar, were quick to join the race.
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It was unchanged at the top of the 20-minute order, with Vettel ahead of Aston Martin team-mate Lance Stroll in third, both enjoying the added benefit of their new rear wing.
Most of the drivers reported a lot of standing water around the circuit, which explained why Hamilton and the two Red Bull drivers were delayed until the halfway mark.
After 45 minutes, as the rain subsided, Russell exited and returned happily.
Both Leclerc and Pierre Gasly were among the drivers to survive a full lap in the treacherous conditions, but Vettel found more speed to move up to second and split the Ferrari.
Vettel, a two-time winner in Hungary, appears to be relishing the situation, as does long-time rival Alonso.
Vettel lost control at turn 10 and slid backwards into the barrier, prompting a red flag as the collision stopped in the gravel trap. He was cross, but not hurt.
The session restarted with four minutes to go.
“It’s like driving on snow,” says Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu.
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