Hamilton heads up Mercedes one-two in final Australian GP practice

5Saturday afternoon in Melbourne finally provided some proper dry tyre running, and after Friday’s damp conditions everyone was keen to take full advantage. Quickest around Albert Park were the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, followed by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, with the three men split by just two-tenths of a second.

Carlos Sainz was an impressive fourth fastest for Toro Rosso, six-tenths off Hamilton, followed by the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen and team mate Max Verstappen. Valtteri Bottas finished seventh for Williams, separated from team mate Felipe Massa by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. Force India’s Sergio Perez completed the top ten.

The session started in dramatic fashion, as Manor rookie Rio Haryanto was released from his garage into the path of an emerging Romain Grosjean in the Haas. The two cars were briefly locked together after the low-speed pit-lane collision, with the Manor’s front wing stuck under the Haas’s sidepod.

Australian Grand Prix Final Practice
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:25.624 Leader Leader 24
2 6 Nico Roseberg 1:25.800 -0.176 -0.176 25
3 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:25.852 -0.228 -0.052 25
4 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:26.257 -0.633 -0.405 28
5 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:26.434 -0.811 -0.178 23
6 33 Max Verstappen 1:26.701 -1.077 -0.266 26
7 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:26.730 -1.106 -0.029 28
8 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:26.768 -1.144 -0.038 22
9 19 Felipe Massa 1:27.151 -1.527 -0.383 28
10 11 Sergio Perez 1:27.242 -1.618 -0.091 22
11 14 Fernando Alonso 1:27.263 -1.639 -0.021 20
12 22 Jenson Button 1:27.341 -1.717 -0.078 20
13 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:27.430 -1.806 -0.089 22
14 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:27.659 -2.035 -0.229 26
15 20 Kevin Magnussen 1:27.871 -2.247 -0.212 24
16 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:27.988 -2.364 -0.117 22
17 30 Jolyon Palmer 1:28.117 -2.493 -0.129 24
18 21 Esteban Gutierrez 1:28.284 -2.660 -0.167 21
19 8 Romain Grojean 1:28.292 -2.668 -0.008 11
20 12 Felipe Nasr 1:28.293 -2.669 -0.001 26
21 94 Pascal Wehrlein 1:29.046 -3.422 -0.753 18
22 88 Rio Haryanto 1:29.272 -3.648 -0.226 23

 

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