Nicholas Latifi set a sky-high benchmark for Williams in a soggy FP3 session in Hungary, leaving Charles Leclerc second with 0.661s – and Alex Albon’s other Williams third with 0.901s ahead of his teammate.
Intermediate runs late in FP3 shook the order, and Latifi’s stunning lap of 1m 41.480s put him more than six tenths ahead of Leclerc – who spun late on inters – for the Canadian to win a Formula 1 race for the first time in his Formula 1 session. lead session. career. Albon finished third, leaving Max Verstappen in fourth, more than eight tenths behind the Thai driver.
George Russell finished fifth ahead of Mercedes, both Silver Arrows found it particularly difficult to warm up the tires in the soggy conditions. Torrential rains welcomed the drivers at the start of the session but held up for the racers to do intermediate laps at the very end.
Fernando Alonso was the first driver to finish inters – making an incredible save and staying out of danger – finishing sixth ahead of Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz. Lando Norris finished eighth last of the top 10 to set their fastest lap on intermediates, while Sebastian Vettel finished ninth – after crashing into Turn 10 to raise a red flag with 10 minutes to go.
Kevin Magnussen finished 10th ahead of Haas ahead of Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time champion in the garage for much of the session as the team seemingly peered over his bike. He set his lap on the intermediates, but twelfth seed Mick Schumacher’s benchmark was set on wets.
Alpine’s Esteban Ocon was 13th ahead of Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) and Lance Stroll (Aston Martin), with that trio setting their fastest laps on intermediates.
Next on the board was rookie Zhou Guanyu, just over a tenth ahead of AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda, while Zhou’s Alfa Romeo teammate finished 18th – albeit on wet roads rather than inters.
Pierre Gasly (on wet) finished 19th ahead of AlphaTauri and Sergio Perez rounded out the standings ahead of Red Bull, six seconds off the pace, while he and Hamilton (P10) each drove just 11 laps in FP3.
2022 Hungarian GP FP3: Fernando Alonso’s big save in wet final practice