Lewis Hamilton kept Mercedes at the top of the schedule, beating Red Bull champion Max Verstappen in the final practice session of the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix on Saturday.
The Englishman, who was 8 points behind Verstappen in the overall standings, completed the 4.3-kilometer Hungaroring circuit in 1 minute and 16.826 seconds, beating the Dutchman by just 0.088 seconds.
Valtteri Bottas eliminated Verstappen from the top of the timetable on the first day of Friday’s practice session and placed third in another Mercedes , 0.229 seconds worse than the teammate’s benchmark.
The last quarter of the practice took place in the heat again, and the track temperature climbed above 50 degrees Celsius. This set off an exciting qualifying match between the two champion protagonists. Verstappen won pole position for the fifth time in a row. Hamilton It was the first of six games.
After a collision in the last game in the UK, the tension between the two reached high over the weekend, which caused a serious crash in Verstappen and Hamilton overcame a 10-second penalty time to win.
Spaniard Carlos Sainz (Carlos Sainz)’s Ferrari power unit changed overnight and he was fourth ahead of teammate Charles Leclerc.
The Englishman Lando Norris ranked sixth ahead of Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez.