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Final practice - Grosjean puts Lotus on top in Hungary 27 Jul 2013

Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus E21.
Formula One World Championship, Rd10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Practice, Hungaroring, Hungary. Friday, 26 July 2013 Ferrari's Fernando Alonso corrects the car in Practice Three Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen rides the kerbs at the Hungaroring McLaren's Sergio Perez crashes right at the end of Practice Three

Romain Grosjean sent Lotus to the top of the timesheets in final practice in Hungary on Saturday morning, as the hour-long session ended in slightly less than wholly representative form after Sergio Perez had spun his McLaren into the barriers with a few minutes to go, bringing out the yellow flags.

After Lewis Hamilton had been the fastest for Mercedes on 1m 21.942s on the medium Pirellis, the times began to tumble again in the final 10 minutes as everyone switched to the soft compound rubber.

Grosjean’s 1m 20.730s beat Fernando Alonso’s 1m 20.898s for Ferrari, while Perez had moved up to third with a fine 1m 21.052s before he lost control of his MP4-28 at Turn 11. Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, had focused on a 20-lap race run on the mediums for Red Bull and languished down in 19th place for much of the session, before jumping to fourth on 1m 21.125s at the end.

Felipe Massa was fifth in the second Ferrari on 1m 21.151s ahead of Hamilton, who trimmed down to 1m 21.158s. Mark Webber was seventh in the other Red Bull on 1m 21.254s, chased by Nico Rosberg in the second Mercedes on 1m 21.356s, Jenson Button in the second McLaren on 1m 21.499s, Adrian Sutil in the faster Force India on 1m 21.519s, Kimi Raikkonen in the second Lotus on 1m 21.589s, Pastor Maldonado in the lead Williams on 1m 21.646s, Paul di Resta in the second Force India on 1m 21.963s and Nico Hulkenberg in the lead Sauber on 1m 21.964s.

Behind them the Toro Rossos still struggled for pace, with Daniel Ricciardo just ahead of team mate Jean-Eric Vergne, 1m 22.180s to 1m 22.423s. Williams' Valtteri Bottas looked strong on the mediums but never got a time on the softs, leaving him 17th on 1m 23.028s.

Giedo van der Garde was Caterham’s lead runner this time on 1m 23.975s, with team mate Charles Pic next on 1m 23.987s, from Marussia’s Jules Bianchi on 1m 24.298s. Max Chilton was the last runner with a time, 1m 25.122s, having sounded an alarm with a potential Cosworth engine problem until he realised he’d pressed his Marussia’s pit lane speed limiter button instead of the one for KERS.

Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez had technical problems, and missed the whole session.

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