FP3: Grosjean pips Alonso on Saturday morning

Saturday 27th July 2013, 11:19 by TF1T Staff 

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Romain Grosjean placed his Lotus at the top of the times on Saturday morning ahead of qualifying to cement Lotus's belief that they can challenge Red Bull's pace.

The Frenchman just pipped Fernando Alonso to the top spot by over a tenth - with both drivers bettering last years pole position lap set by Lewis Hamilton.

Sergio Perez surprised with McLaren's pace and popped up in third position, six places ahead of team-mate Jenson Button on ninth. However, the Mexican heavily damaged his car after losing the rear and hitting the barriers.

FP1 and FP2 leader Sebastian Vettel settled for fourth whilst the second Ferrari of Felipe Massa rounded off the top five.

Qualifying looks like it could be closely fought with the top 12 cars within a second of the leading pace.

FP3 Times - 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix:

#DriverTeamTimeGapLaps
01 R. Grosjean Lotus 1:20.730   20
02 F. Alonso Ferrari 1:20.898 +0.168 13
03 S. Perez McLaren 1:21.052 +0.322 10
04 S. Vettel Red Bull 1:21.125 +0.395 27
05 F. Massa Ferrari 1:21.151 +0.421 14
06 L. Hamilton Mercedes 1:21.158 +0.428 19
07 M. Webber Red Bull 1:21.254 +0.524 17
08 N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:21.356 +0.626 23
09 J. Button McLaren 1:21.499 +0.769 15
10 A. Sutil Force India 1:21.519 +0.789 20
11 K. Raikkonen Lotus 1:21.589 +0.859 17
12 P. Maldonado Williams 1:21.646 +0.916 19
13 P. di Resta Force India 1:21.963 +1.233 21
14 N. Hulkenberg Sauber 1:22.964 +1.234 21
15 D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:22.180 +1.450 18
16 J. Vergne Toro Rosso 1:22.423 +2.693 19
17 V. Bottas Williams 1:23.028 +2.298 16
18 G. van der Garde Caterham 1:23.975 +3.245 21
19 C. Pic Caterham 1:23.987 +3.257 19
20 J. Bianchi Marussia 1:24.298 +3.568 20
21 M. Chilton Marussia 1:25.122 +4.392 20
22 E. Gutierrez Sauber     2

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