Final practice - McLaren looking strong in Hungary 25 Jul 2009
Lewis Hamilton continued to set the practice pace in Hungary with the fastest time by 0.399s in Saturday morning's final session. The world champion took his revitalised McLaren MP4-24 round the Hungaroring in 1m 21.009s, heading off a late challenge by Nick Heidfeld in his revamped BMW Sauber. The German lapped in 1m 21.408s, just enough to dislodge on-form Nico Rosberg, who lapped his Williams in 1m 21.509s.
It was an unusual session, with several fancied runners nowhere and others, who have recently been there themselves, coming to the fore. It is not unreasonable to suppose that some, such as the Red Bulls, the Brawns and Renault have yet to show their hand.
Heikki Kovalainen seemed on target to beat team mate Hamilton before a slide in the final corner left him to a best of 1m 21.655s which put him fourth ahead of Sebastien Buemi in a Toro Rosso now running closer to the Red Bull RB5's aero spec. The Swiss lapped in 1m 21.800s to edge out Toyota's Timo Glock (1m 21.849s), Ferrari's Felipe Massa (1m 21.911s), Williams' Kazuki Nakajima (1m 21.935s) and the Red Bulls of Mark Webber (1m 21.936s) and Sebastian Vettel (1m 21.971s).
Jenson Button? Rubens Barrichello? You'll have to wait awhile.
It was Robert Kubica who claimed 11th for BMW Sauber with 1m 22.076s, then came Jarno Trulli in the second Toyota on 1m 22.097s. Finally, a Brawn was 13th, Barrichello wheeling his round in 1m 22.101s. Nelson Piquet shadowed him with 1m 22.210s for Renault, with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen 15th on 1m 22.270s. Fernando Alonso achieved 1m 22.274s for Renault, having earlier been second to Hamilton, and, finally, Button was 17th in the second Brawn on 1m 22.312s.
Jamie Alguersuari continued to impress and at one stage was a genuine fourth fastest in his Toro Rosso, ahead of Buemi, with 1m 22.391s.
At the back Giancarlo Fisichella had two offs on his way to 19th fastest 1m 22.684s, while Force India team mate Adrian Sutil recorded 1m 23.231s before crashing his VJM02 in Turn Eight. The German was unharmed.
An interesting hour, then, but you can expect a change of order in qualifying.