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Latifi times it right to top final Hungarian GP practice

30 July 2022 - 16:22 By Reuters
Nicholas Latifi on track during final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix in Budapest, Hungary.
Nicholas Latifi on track during final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix in Budapest, Hungary.
Image: Francois Nel/Getty Images

Formula One tail-ender Nicholas Latifi timed it right on a drying track with the fastest lap for struggling Williams at the end of a rain-hit final practice session at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday.

The only driver still to score a point after 12 races this season, the Canadian topped the time sheets for the first time in his career with a lap of one minute 41.48 seconds as the chequered flag fell.

His lap was 0.661 seconds quicker than Ferrari's Charles Leclerc, who had been top until that point and set to complete a practice sweep for the Italian team, even if the time was meaningless.

The team's reaction on Twitter said it all: “WHATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT.”

Williams team mate Alexander Albon was third fastest, again thanks to the improving track conditions after heavy rain early in the session, with Red Bull's championship leader Max Verstappen fourth.

Leclerc and Verstappen set their times before the Williams drivers.

Red flags came out with nine minutes to go after Aston Martin's four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, who on Thursday announced his retirement at the end of the season, spun off backwards into the tyre wall at turn 10.

The German screamed in anger and frustration and apologised to his team.

The session at the Hungaroring then resumed with four minutes left on the clock and the sun shining.

Leclerc had also spun earlier, with drivers struggling for grip in the conditions.

“These tyres are just not working at all, they're so cold,” complained Mercedes George Russell.


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