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Rosberg Fastest in Truncated 3rd Free Practice for Canadian Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg took the honor for the fastest time in a truncated 3rd free practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix.

With two red flags in the session Nico Rosberg squeezed in his fastest lap of the session on the option tyres after the first red flag which was caused by Sauber’s Felipe Nasr.

Nasr lost the back of the car after weaving down the back straight to try and put some heat into his tyres. The rear of the car stepped out and after correcting it he went straight on into the wall. The session was restarted with 12 minutes remaining. A short while later with just 7 minutes left in the session, McLaren’s Jenson Button stopped on the track at the exit of Turn 7. Before stopping on the track, Button was heard on the radio telling his team that something was wrong. “Massive loss of power, like the ERS isn’t working,” said Button. “I think we’ve got a bigger problem. I’ll stop the car.” The yellow flags were initially brought out and a few seconds later the red flag came out. The track marshals could not recover the car in time and the clock ran down to the end of the session.

Nasr Crash FP3_Canada 2015When the session was restarted with after the first red flag the drivers headed out immediately and started their qualifying simulations. Rosberg set a time of 1:15.660 which was 0.573s faster than 2nd fastest man, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen who managed a 1:16.233. Romain Grosjean was 3rd fastest for Lotus with a 1:16.772. Valtteri Bottas was 4th fastest for Williams setting a 1:16.914, 1.254s off Rosberg’s time. Sergio Perez in the Force India was 5th fastest.

Finishing 6th fastest was Daniil Kvyat for Red Bull ahead of Felipe Massa in 7th. Sebastian Vettel, who was on a timed lap at the time Button stopped on track, could not complete his lap and had to settle for 8th fastest. Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz finished 9th ahead of Pastor Maldonado in the second Lotus in 10th.

Marcus Ericsson, Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo finished 11th. 12th, and 13 respectively with Felipe Nasr setting the 14th fastest time before crashing out. Button ended his session in 15th with Max Verstappen in 16th.

Will Stevens finished higher up that usual for Manor in 17th with Fernando Alonso in 18th. Alonso had to undergo an engine change before the session had begun and sat out most of the session while the McLaren mechanics worked on his car. Roberto Merhi was 19th fastest.

Lewis Hamilton seemed to struggle in the session and was unable to set a representative time in the session. He had some concerns with brake balance earlier in the session and didnt seem to get on top of the issue. He was also caught out by the two red flags when setting timed laps.

With the session being a mixed bag it is a little difficult to gauge absolute pace of all the runners. We will only get a sense for it in qualifying.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:15.660s 17
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:16.233s +0.573s 20
3 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:16.772s +1.112s 14
4 Valtteri Bottas Willia:s 1:16.914s +1.254s 17
5 Sergio Perez Force India 1:16.993s +1.333s 16
6 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1:17.021s +1.361s 19
7 Felipe Massa Williams 1:17.122s +1.462s 18
8 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:17.197s +1.537s 18
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:17.396s +1.736s 25
10 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:17.573s +1.913s 12
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:17.578s +1.918s 21
12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:17.876s +2.216s 14
13 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:17.892s +2.232s 18
14 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:18.446s +2.786s 12
15 Jenson Button McLaren 1:18.473s +2.813s 18
16 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:18.492s +2.832s 18
17 Will Stevens Marussia 1:19.822s +4.162s 16
18 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:19.874s +4.214s 3
19 Roberto Merhi Marussia 1:20.231s +4.571s 16
20 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:21.492s +5.832s 9

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 United States GP Broadcast Times

CDTGMTGMT+2Local
Free Practice 1Friday 10:00Friday 15:00Friday 17:00Friday 10:00
Free Practice 2Friday 14:00Friday 19:00Friday 21:00Friday 14:00
Free Practice 3Saturday 11:00Saturday 16:00Saturday 18:00Saturday 11:00
QualifyingSaturday 16:00Saturday 21:00Saturday 23:00Saturday 16:00
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2017 Drivers Championship

Pos.DriverPoints
1 Lewis Hamilton306
2 Sebastian Vettel247
3 Valtteri Bottas234
4 Daniel Ricciardo192
5 Kimi Raikkonen148
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