Rosberg Fastest in final free practice

1233909-26443449-640-360Nico Rosberg turned the tables on Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton in final practice for the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday.

The Formula One championship leader was quickest with a time of one minute 25.887 seconds on a sunny morning at the Circuit de Catalunya with Hamilton, winner of the last three races and fastest on Friday, 0.869 slower.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, winner in front of his home fans last year, was third on the timesheets.

Rosberg qualified on pole in Spain a year ago and will be looking to repeat the feat to turn the momentum back his way after seeing Hamilton whittle the overall lead down to four points in China last month.

Hamilton was keeping his powder dry however, with the 2008 world champion seeing no need to take part in the final 10 minutes of the session.

Whereas the Briton had an untroubled day on Friday, Rosberg suffered cooling problems and was eager to make up for the lost time. He did 16 laps to his team mate’s nine on Saturday morning, with his fastest on the medium tyre.

Brazilian Felipe Massa went fourth fastest for Williams while Frenchman Romain Grosjean put in an impressive lap for Lotus, still without a point this season, in fifth.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo was the fastest Red Bull driver, in seventh place, with quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel 10th but getting some laps under his belt after a day on the sidelines due to an electrical problem.

Spanish GP Free Practice 3 Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Laps
1 6 N. Roseberg 1:25.887 Leader 16
2 44 L. Hamiton 1:26.756 0.869 9
3 14 F. Alonso 1:27.188 1.301 15
4 19 F. Massa 1:27.223 1.336 10
5 8 R. Grojean 1:27.682 1.795 18
6 20 K. Magnussen 1:27.806 1.919 16
7 3 D. Ricciardo 1:27.808 1.921 12
8 22 J. Button 1:28.006 2.119 11
9 13 P. Maldonado 1:28.076 2.189 19
10 1 S. Vettel 1:28.085 2.198 20
11 77 V. Bottas 1:28.101 2.214 12
12 25 J. Vergne 1:28.242 2.355 16
13 26 D. Kvyat 1:28.298 2.411 16
14 7 K. Raikkonen 1:28.419 2.532 16
15 11 S. Perez 1:28.571 2.684 13
16 27 N. Hulkenberg 1:28.668 2.781 13
17 99 A. Sutil 1:28.715 2.828 16
18 21 E. Gutierrez 1:28.865 2.978 18
19 4 M. Chilton 1:30.169 4.282 15
20 17 J. Bianchi 1:30.670 4.783 12
21 10 K. Kobayashi 1:30.712 4.825 18
22 9 M. Ericsson 1:31.559 5.672 19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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