Vettel on top again in final Hungarian practice

Vettel on top again in final Hungarian practice

After trailing Vettel by eight points (171 to 163) in the driver standings coming into the 11th race of the season, the German Grand Prix, Hamilton now has a 17-point lead (188 to 171) over him, and after trailing Ferrari by 20 points (287 to 267) in the constructor standings coming into that race, Mercedes now have an eight-point lead (310 to 302) over them.

"It was dry for a part of the lap and then wet".

Ferrari was on provisional pole, courtesy of Kimi Raikkonen, when the chequered flag flew, before Bottas and then Hamilton lowered the benchmark with their final efforts.

Vettel, also quickest in second practice on Friday, set a track record of 1 minute 16.170 seconds as he looks to recover from last weekend's title blow in Germany.

But Red Bull's Ricciardo was the biggest victim to fall foul to the changeable conditions on Saturday.

Daniel Ricciardo qualified 12th for the Hungarian Grand Prix
Daniel Ricciardo qualified 12th for the Hungarian Grand Prix

"As I went into the last lap, I knew I had to put together each sector and really pull something special out for us to overtake the Ferraris", Hamilton said. To keep it together, everyone is just so passionate, my engineers and my mechanics, everyone is just so positive so to get a 1-2 particularly when we knew we probably would not get pole here in the dry. This has been the scene of many incidents in the past - most notably between the Red Bull drivers previous year - as it is possible to hang on around the outside of Turn 2 to be on the inside of the faster Turn 3 that follows.

Daniel Ricciardo qualified 12th for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Vettel was fastest at the halfway mark of the session after ending his first flying laps nearly half a second clear of what Mercedes could manage on the initial runs.

Carlos Sainz was seventh ahead of his Renault team-mate Nico Hulkenberg with two Frenchmen Romain Grosjean and Pierre Gasly ninth and tenth for Haas and Toro Rosso. Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley spun at the final corner right at the end of the session.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the session, team boss Toto Wolff echoed Hamilton's sentiments.

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