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Hamilton completes Hungarian practice sweep



Lewis Hamilton was fastest in final Hungarian Grand Prix practice on Saturday to complete the Mercedes Formula One driver's sweep of the three sessions before qualifying.

The Briton, 14 points behind championship-leading teammate Nico Rosberg after 10 races but favourite for Sunday, lapped the Hungaroring circuit with a best time of one minute 24.048 seconds.

For the third session in a row, Rosberg was second on the timesheets, this time 0.047 slower.

Hamilton has won in Hungary for the last two years and four times in total, more than any other current driver and a record he shares with Michael Schumacher.

The Briton, who suffered a brake disc failure in qualifying at the German Grand Prix last weekend and raced from 20th through to third, will be hoping to carry the momentum through to reel in Rosberg before the August break.

Red Bull's quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel was third fastest, 0.407 off the pace, with Australian teammate Daniel Ricciardo fourth on another hot but cloudy day in Budapest.

Finland's Valtteri Bottas, who has been on the podium in the last three races, was fifth for Williams ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen.

TIMES

1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1:24.048
2. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:24.095
3. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull - Renault 1:24.455
4. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) RedBull - Renault 1:24.678
5. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams-Mercedes 1:24.685
6. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1:24.769
7. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1:24.818
8. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren 1:24.867
9. Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso - Renault 1:25.162
10. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso - Renault 1:25.170
11. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes 1:25.231
12. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1:25.468
13. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus - Renault 1:25.829
14. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - Renault 1:25.859
15. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Sauber - Ferrari 1:25.934
16. Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber - Ferrari 1:26.023
17. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India - Mercedes 1:26.035
18. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - Mercedes 1:26.142
19. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Caterham - Renault 1:27.560
20. Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia - Ferrari 1:28.083
21. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Caterham - Renault 1:28.605
22. Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia - Ferrari 1:28.821

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