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German GP: Rosberg completes practice clean sweep

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German GP: Rosberg completes practice clean sweep
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Jul 30, 2016, 10:02 AM

Nico Rosberg completed a clean sweep of fastest times in practice for the German Grand Prix after going quickest in FP3.

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB12
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Jolyon Palmer, Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
Valtteri Bottas, Williams FW38
Marcus Ericsson, Sauber C35
Kevin Magnussen, Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India F1 VJM09
Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF16-H
Carlos Sainz Jr., Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 locks up under braking
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MP4-31
Esteban Gutierrez, Haas F1 Team VF-16
Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF16-H
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB12

Rosberg had been fastest in FP1 and FP2 and again topped the times in the final session ahead of qualifying later today.

The German outpaced teammate Lewis Hamilton by 0.057s in a closely-matched session, with Daniel Ricciardo third in the Red Bull, just 0.099s off Rosberg.

Ferrari was also close, Kimi Raikkonen 0.167s slower in fourth, ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen.

Williams duo Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa finished seventh and eighth, with Fernando Alonso ninth in the quickest McLaren.

Nico Hulkenberg completed the top 10 in the Force India.

The session kicked off with 38C degrees on track and under clear skies, with Pascal Wehrlein the first driver to register a time in the Manor as the leaders took it easy.

Verstappen moved to first position 10 minutes in with his first run on soft tyres, before he was outpaced by Valtteri Bottas in the Williams with a 1:16.889, the Finn using the supersofts for his first outing of the day.

Vettel briefly took to the top of times at the 17-minute mark before Rosberg completed his first lap on supersofts to relegate the Ferrari driver to second.

Rosberg did not last long in first place, as Hamilton posted a 1:16.015 seconds later to outpace his teammate by slightly over a tenth.

After he went quickest, however, Hamilton was put under investigation for an unsafe release following a scare involving Haas driver Romain Grosjean.

The Frenchman had a bigger scare moments later when he lost control of his car at Turn 3, spinning into the grass.

"Guys, are you sure the aero is correct? I don't know what's happening with the gearbox," complained Grosjean, whose Haas team would later announce he needed a gearbox change that will translate into a grid penalty.

Hamilton went even quicker to open a gap on over three tenths at the head of the times, the Briton's 1:15.795 still slower than yesterday's benchmark.

With 25 minutes left, Ricciardo and Button sat at the bottom of the timesheets after having failed to register a laptime.

The duo finally completed their first timed laps a couple of minutes later, as Ricciardo's teammate Verstappen reported that his battery was not charging.

Button, however, was far from happy with the handling of his car, complaining of a "very loose rear".

With 22 minutes to go, Rosberg went fastest by 0.057s after a run with new supersoft tyres.

Raikkonen moved up to third, just 0.164s behind Rosberg, with some 10 minutes left on the clock. The Finn would be relegated to fourth five minutes later as Ricciardo improved to finish less than a tenth behind Rosberg.

Free practice 3 results

ClaDriverChassisEngineLapsTimeGapInterval
1  Nico Rosberg  Mercedes Mercedes 16 1'15.738    
2  Lewis Hamilton  Mercedes Mercedes 19 1'15.795 0.057 0.057
3  Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull TAG 13 1'15.837 0.099 0.042
4  Kimi Raikkonen  Ferrari Ferrari 16 1'15.902 0.164 0.065
5  Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari Ferrari 20 1'16.104 0.366 0.202
6  Max Verstappen  Red Bull TAG 23 1'16.182 0.444 0.078
7  Valtteri Bottas  Williams Mercedes 28 1'16.400 0.662 0.218
8  Felipe Massa  Williams Mercedes 26 1'16.630 0.892 0.230
9  Fernando Alonso  McLaren Honda 11 1'16.916 1.178 0.286
10  Nico Hulkenberg  Force India Mercedes 16 1'16.972 1.234 0.056
11  Carlos Sainz Jr.  Toro Rosso Ferrari 20 1'17.028 1.290 0.056
12  Sergio Perez  Force India Mercedes 10 1'17.066 1.328 0.038
13  Esteban Gutierrez  Haas Ferrari 17 1'17.160 1.422 0.094
14  Daniil Kvyat  Toro Rosso Ferrari 19 1'17.227 1.489 0.067
15  Kevin Magnussen  Renault Renault 9 1'17.351 1.613 0.124
16  Jolyon Palmer  Renault Renault 23 1'17.473 1.735 0.122
17  Marcus Ericsson  Sauber Ferrari 19 1'17.685 1.947 0.212
18  Felipe Nasr  Sauber Ferrari 24 1'18.057 2.319 0.372
19  Jenson Button  McLaren Honda 6 1'18.093 2.355 0.036
20  Pascal Wehrlein  Manor Mercedes 24 1'18.270 2.532 0.177
21  Rio Haryanto  Manor Mercedes 18 1'18.272 2.534 0.002
22  Romain Grosjean  Haas Ferrari 4 1'25.160 9.422 6.888

 

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