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Hungarian GP 2011

JULY 30, 2011

Practice 3 Report - Vettel quickest in final practice at Hungaroring

Sebastian Vettel, Hungarian GP 2011
Martin Trenkler, for

Red Bull Racing broke F1's curfew (no work on the cars between 2am and 8am) for the first time this season in Hungary after Sebastian Vettel said on Friday that the team needed to up its game with Ferrari and McLaren threatening.

Teams are allowed to break the curfew four times in a season, a rule that exists largely to allow them to work on accident-damaged cars, but whatever Red Bull was prioritising resulted in quickest FP3 time for Vettel (1:21.168), which gave him a 0.3s margin over Fernando Alonso's Ferrari (1:21.469).

With Lewis Hamilton setting the McLaren pace on Friday, it was Jenson Button (1:21.639) who set the quickest time for the silver cars in FP3, a hundredth of a second faster than Mark Webber's Red Bull (1:21.645).

Felipe Massa (1:22.002) lapped half a second from Alonso's pace, with Nico Rosberg (1:22.534) a further half-second adrift on what is expected to be one of the toughest tracks of the season for Mercedes. Lewis Hamilton's 1:22.667 is expected to be unrepresentative come the qualifying hour, while Michael Schumacher (1:23.037) was eighth quickest and again half a second from team mate Rosberg.

Vitaly Petrov's Renault (1:23.178) and Paul Di Resta's Force India (1:23.276) completed the top 10.