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Rosberg Ahead in Brazil GP Free Practice 3

Nico Rosberg took the honors for the fastest time in the third free practice session for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The session got off to a slow start after some rain earlier in the day left the track damp in some places. The damp track seen drivers venture out on the full wets for installation laps. A few laps on the full wets was quickly followed by slick tyres.

Rosberg was just 9 hundredths of a second faster than team-mate Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg’s time of 1:11.740 was 0.093s faster than Hamilton who set a best time of 1:11.833. Rosberg’s time came on his second go at a flying lap where he found some time.

After a very disappointing showing of pace in yesterday’s sessions, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was 3rd fastest 0.219s off the pace with a 1:11.959. Once again there was not much between the two Ferrari drivers with Kimi Raikkonen 4th fastest with a session best time of 1:12.027. Raikkonen held the fastest lap early on in the session until the second round of soft tyre runs.

The Red Bull pair of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo finished 5th and 6th fastest respectively. Williams’ Valtteri Bottas was 7th fastest with team-mate Felipe Massa in 9th. Splitting the Williams was Renault’s Jolyon Palmer in 8th.

Finishing off the top 10 was McLaren’s Fernando Alonso. Alonso’s session had a slight delayed start after gearbox issue on his car. He was out on track with 30mins left in the session. His team mate Jenson Button’s session was riddled with issues. Button struggled with front grip and front warming. Towards the end of the session he was told to stop the car. Button managed to nurse the car back to the pits which brought his session to an early end.

Sauber had issues with both their cars. Early on in the session Felipe Nasr was called in with a problem on his car. Nasr was back out after a few mins. The team, however, found a problem with Ericsson’s engine and found they would have to replace the engine before qualifying.

After struggling for pace yesterday, Ferrari look like they’re in a better position for fight for the second row of the grid. It does look like the cooler temperatures suit the Ferrari better than the warmer conditions we saw yesterday. Red Bull do look like they have the edge on Ferrari and are expected to have both their cars ahead of Ferrari at the end of Qualifying.

Pos. Driver Team Best Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:11.740s

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2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:11.833s +0.093s

21

3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:11.959s +0.219s

14

4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:12.027s +0.287s

16

5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:12.077s +0.337s

19

6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:12.287s +0.547s

21

7 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:12.614s +0.874s

27

8 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:12.968s +1.228s

19

9 Felipe Massa Williams 1:12.990s +1.250s

26

10 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:13.002s +1.262s

12

11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:13.203s +1.463s

14

12 Sergio Perez Force India 1:13.231s +1.491s

19

13 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1:13.255s +1.515s

15

14 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:13.293s +1.553s

20

15 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:13.344s +1.604s

15

16 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:13.596s +1.856s

16

17 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:13.609s +1.869s

13

18 Jenson Button McLaren 1:13.750s +2.010s

9

19 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1:13.972s +2.232s

20

20 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:13.992s +2.252s

14

21 Esteban Ocon Manor 1:14.222s +2.482s

21

22 Marcus Ericsson Sauber

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About Ritesh K Bhana

Ritesh likes to think he is a true Tifosi, but he still remains fair to other teams. He supports two other teams which are not Red Bull and McLaren. Follow Ritesh on twitter @Humanshield_1

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2017 Belgian GP Broadcast Times

CDTBSTGMT+2Local
Free Practice 1Friday 03:00Friday 09:00Friday 10:00Friday 10:00
Free Practice 2Friday 08:00Friday 13:00Friday 14:00Friday 14:00
Free Practice 3Saturday 04:00Saturday 10:00Saturday 11:00Saturday 11:00
QualifyingSaturday 08:00Saturday 13:00Saturday 14:00Saturday 14:00
RaceSunday 08:00Sunday 13:00Sunday 14:00Sunday 14:00

2017 Drivers Championship

Pos.DriverPoints
1 Sebastian Vettel202
2 Lewis Hamilton188
3 Valtteri Bottas169
4 Daniel Ricciardo117
5 Kimi Raikkonen116
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