Montreal FP3: Rosberg first, Hamilton last


Nico Rosberg topped the timesheets while world champion Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton propped them up in Saturday’s final Canadian Grand Prix practice.

Hamilton, who will be chasing his sixth pole position in seven Formula One races this season, failed to get in a clean lap in a scrappy session twice red-flagged due to incidents.

Rosberg’s best lap of one minute 15.660 seconds was 0.573 quicker than Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen in second place.

Hamilton, who ended Friday’s rainswept second practice session in the tyre wall but fastest, was slowest of all with an unrepresentative time of 1:21.492 after managing just nine laps in all.

The Briton leads Rosberg by 10 points, arriving in Canada determined to bounce back from disappointment in Monaco where a needless late pitstop while leading cost him victory and handed it to his team mate.


After Friday’s washout, the Saturday session started under clear blue skies but the drivers were still hampered by interruptions.

The first red flag came out when Brazilian Felipe Nasr’s Sauber speared into the wall as he was weaving on the straight to heat up the tyres.

After a 10 minute suspension, with Nasr taken to the medical centre for checks and the wreckage removed, the action resumed but was again halted when Jenson Button’s McLaren stopped on track and had to be recovered.

“I had a massive loss of power. We’ve got a bigger problem here,” Button said over the radio, with his participation in qualifying in doubt.

Button’s Spanish team mate Fernando Alonso managed only three laps after sitting out most of the morning as mechanics installed a new Honda power unit.

Canadian Grand Prix, Free Practice 3 – Saturday, 6 June 2015
Pos. No. Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:15.660 17
2 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:16.233 +0.573s 20
3 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:16.772 +1.112s 14
4 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:16.914 +1.254s 17
5 11 Sergio Perez Force India 1:16.993 +1.333s 16
6 26 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1:17.021 +1.361s 19
7 19 Felipe Massa Williams 1:17.122 +1.462s 18
8 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:17.197 +1.537s 18
9 55 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:17.396 +1.736s 25
10 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:17.573 +1.913s 12
11 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:17.578 +1.918s 21
12 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:17.876 +2.216s 14
13 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:17.892 +2.232s 18
14 12 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:18.446 +2.786s 12
15 22 Jenson Button McLaren 1:18.473 +2.813s 18
16 33 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:18.492 +2.832s 18
17 28 Will Stevens Marussia 1:19.822 +4.162s 16
18 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:19.874 +4.214s 3
19 98 Roberto Merhi Marussia 1:20.231 +4.571s 16
20 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:21.492 +5.832s 9