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British GP: Hamilton tops interrupted FP3 as Ericsson shunts heavily

British GP: Hamilton tops interrupted FP3 as Ericsson shunts heavily
Jul 9, 2016, 10:02 AM

Lewis Hamilton topped an interrupted final practice for the British Grand Prix, a session that was red-flagged after a massive crash for Marcus Ericsson.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 leads team mate Carlos Sainz Jr., Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF16-H
Esteban Gutierrez, Haas F1 Team VF-16
Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB12
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MP4-31
Valtteri Bottas, Williams FW38
Esteban Gutierrez, Haas F1 Team VF-16
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-31
Felipe Nasr, Sauber C35
Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-31

The Sauber crashed against the wall on in the inside after Stowe with some 20 minutes left, forcing the session to be stopped while his car was recovered.

As the barrier suffered significant damage, work had to be carried out for several minutes, the action resuming with five minutes to go.

Hamilton ended on top with a 1:30.904 set on soft tyres, outpacing teammate Nico Rosberg by less than a tenth, the German returning to action after missing all of yesterday's second practice.

Red Bull was again Mercedes' closest challenger, with Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen third and fourth respectively.

Sebastian Vettel finished in fifth in the quickest Ferrari, but the German lamented suffering gearbox problems as he completed his final flying lap.

"I think we failed the gearbox again," said Vettel.

Teammate Kimi Raikkonen wound up ninth behind Valtteri Bottas, Fernando Alonso and Nico Hulkenberg.

Once more, the session kicked off under cloudy skies and on a damp track, having rained ahead of the start of practice.

That meant a slow start to the running, with drivers initially taking to the track on full wets and intermediates.

The slicks appeared before the 15-minute mark, but it was not until the session was 20 minutes old that the first time was registered, Rosberg posting a 1:42.6 on hard tyres.

The German wasted no time trying to make up for the lack of running yesterday and was quick to improve to a 1:33.591 as Vettel moved up to second.

The Ferrari driver then went quickest with a run on mediums, outpacing Rosberg by 0.388s.

Rosberg returned to the top with 27 minutes to go as he became one of the first drivers to put on soft tyres, but he was quickly relegated to second by Hamilton's 1:31.286, set right before Felipe Nasr spun his Sauber at Club.

Just a few minutes later there was further drama for the Swiss squad as teammate Marcus Ericsson crashed heavily coming out of Stowe.

The Swede ran slightly wide and lost the rear of his car after going over the kerb, which may have been damp as a result of earlier rain.

His car impacted the tyre barriers at very high speed, the steering wheel even coming off as a result of the crash.

Ericsson climbed out of the car unaided, but the session was red-flagged and marshals had to start repairing the tyre wall.

As they worked on that, light rain hit the circuit, but the action continued with five minutes remaining the clock.

Most drivers jumped onto the track with soft tyres on, and Rosberg moved to P1 with a 1:30.967, over two tenths quicker than Hamilton.

The Briton, however, fought back and went quickest by 0.063s.

1  Lewis Hamilton  Mercedes Mercedes 9 1'30.904    
2  Nico Rosberg  Mercedes Mercedes 17 1'30.967 0.063 0.063
3  Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull TAG 6 1'31.488 0.584 0.521
4  Max Verstappen  Red Bull TAG 7 1'31.561 0.657 0.073
5  Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari Ferrari 10 1'32.049 1.145 0.488
6  Valtteri Bottas  Williams Mercedes 14 1'32.736 1.832 0.687
7  Fernando Alonso  McLaren Honda 10 1'32.754 1.850 0.018
8  Nico Hulkenberg  Force India Mercedes 13 1'32.798 1.894 0.044
9  Kimi Raikkonen  Ferrari Ferrari 12 1'32.833 1.929 0.035
10  Carlos Sainz Jr.  Toro Rosso Ferrari 9 1'32.889 1.985 0.056
11  Esteban Gutierrez  Haas Ferrari 11 1'32.895 1.991 0.006
12  Jenson Button  McLaren Honda 10 1'33.042 2.138 0.147
13  Romain Grosjean  Haas Ferrari 12 1'33.344 2.440 0.302
14  Sergio Perez  Force India Mercedes 12 1'33.361 2.457 0.017
15  Felipe Massa  Williams Mercedes 13 1'33.440 2.536 0.079
16  Daniil Kvyat  Toro Rosso Ferrari 9 1'33.538 2.634 0.098
17  Felipe Nasr  Sauber Ferrari 9 1'33.710 2.806 0.172
18  Jolyon Palmer  Renault Renault 12 1'33.769 2.865 0.059
19  Kevin Magnussen  Renault Renault 9 1'34.049 3.145 0.280
20  Rio Haryanto  Manor Mercedes 13 1'34.471 3.567 0.422
21  Marcus Ericsson  Sauber Ferrari 7 1'34.551 3.647 0.080


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