Hockenheim Practice 3: Hamilton chases Rosberg

Nico Rosberg fastest in FP3 at Hockenheim

Nico Rosberg fastest in FP3 at Hockenheim

Nico Rosberg claimed top spot on the timing screens at the end of the third and final Free Practice of the German Grand Prix weekend, ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton as Mercedes were again the class act around Hockenheim.

Rosberg’s best time came on his final run using the red band Super-soft Pirelli offerings, while teammate Hamilton reported a vibration during his hot lap run. As a result Rosberg’s 1:17.779 laptime was a whopping 0.601 of a second up on the sister car. He was also the only driver to dip into the 77 second zone around his home track so far this weekend.

Despite this gap, the scene is set for a mega-tussle for top spot on the grid in Qualifying between the two Silver Arrows drivers – they have each started four times from pole this season…

Fernando Alonso was third, best of the rest, in the Ferrari while his teammate Kimi Raikkonen had his session curtailed with a fuel system problem – he was eighth quickest.

Fernando Alonso third fastest

Fernando Alonso third fastest

Behind Alonso was his former teammate Felipe Massa in the Williams, with Valtteri Bottas fifth, suggesting that Williams have found some handy pace in the FW36 and inevitably conjured up memories of Austria where they stole the show in Qualifying.

Kevin Magnussen in the McLaren made it five out of six Mercedes powered cars in the top half dozen spots on the timing sheets, but teammate Jenson Button was unhappy with his car. He ended the session down in 13th.

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo was fastest of the Renault powered brigade, albeit almost a second down on the top time, with teammate Sebastian Vettel ninth.

Rounding out the top ten was Nico Hulkenberg in the Force India, fractionally faster than the Toro Rosso pair of Daniil Kvyat and Jean Eric Vergne who were 11th and 12th respectively. (GP247)

 

German Grand Prix, Free Practice 3 – Saturday, 19 July 2014
Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:17.779 24
2 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:18.380 0.601 20
3 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:18.384 0.605 11
4 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:18.575 0.796 18
5 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:18.611 0.832 19
6 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:18.756 0.977 16
7 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:18.769 0.990 13
8 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:18.842 1.063 8
9 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:18.890 1.111 17
10 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:19.127 1.348 19
11 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 1:19.131 1.352 19
12 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 1:19.470 1.691 20
13 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.489 1.710 15
14 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:19.505 1.726 21
15 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:19.601 1.822 23
16 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:20.078 2.299 23
17 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:20.198 2.419 21
18 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:20.466 2.687 19
19 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:20.844 3.065 6
20 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:21.018 3.239 21
21 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:23.077 5.298 14
22 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:23.449 5.670 7