Hamilton stays on top with best lap in final Hungary F1 practice
Lewis Hamilton drives during the second practice session for the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit in Budapest on July 25, 2014 - by Dimitar Dilkoff
Hamilton, 14 points behind Rosberg in the title race, is seeking his first pole position in seven races in Saturday afternoon’s qualifying session as he bids to complete a hat-trick of Hungaroring wins, and a record fifth, to close the gap.
The 29-year-old Briton delivered his fastest lap of one minute and 24.048 in the closing minutes, a time that was beyond the German as he completed his morning’s work on the super-soft tyres.
He was just 0.047 seconds adrift of Hamilton after another consistent set of laps that, by the end, had the Englishman requesting his team to give him sector updates on his speed throughout his laps.
Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel of Germany was third fastest for Red Bull, nearly half a second slower than Hamilton, in a session run in hot and dry conditions.
His Red Bull team-mate Australian Daniel Ricciardo was fifth ahead of rising Finnish star Valtteri Bottas of Williams, two-time champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso and his Ferrari team-mate and 2007 champion Kimi Raikkonen of Finland.
Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen was eighth for McLaren ahead of the two Toro Rossos of Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne and Russian rookie Daniil Kvyat.
Brazilian Felipe Massa, in the second Williams, was 12th ahead of Briton Jenson Button, in the second McLaren.