Ferrari looked to extend its period of dominance in Hungary by sealing a authoritarian one-two in the final pre-qualifying practice runs.
Michael Schumacher’s best time was a full second clear of the nearest non-Ferrari rival, which under the overcast skies was Robert Kubica (BMW-Sauber), who appears to be enjoying a competitive start to his formula one race career.
It was a fairly uneventful session at the unseasonably cool and windy Hungaroring, apart from a little spin by Williams’ Nico Rosberg and a fiery exit for Jenson Button (Honda).
Button’s incident halted track activity for a full fifteen minutes, as stewards worked to cover a line of V8 engine oil spilled onto the circuit.
The Briton will almost certainly require a fresh Honda power plant and be shunted to the rear of the grid with a ten-place qualifying penalty.