Montreal FP3: Vettel leads Verstappen as Magnussen crashes

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Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was fastest in final practice for the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix on Saturday, with the session cut short after Renault’s Kevin Magnussen crashed into the wall.

Vettel lapped in a best time of one minute 13.919 seconds as cold weather and spots of rain returned to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to make conditions tricky again after Friday’s sunshine.

Magnussen lost control at turn seven and skidded along the wall before stopping with the car’s left-side badly damaged. The Danish driver told the team ‘I’m OK’ over the radio.

The session was red flagged with 13 minutes of the hour remaining, with race officials then deciding it would not be restarted.

Four times world champion Vettel, yet to win a race this season, was 0.239 seconds faster than the Red Bull of 18-year-old Dutch driver Max Verstappen.

Championship leader Nico Rosberg was third quickest for Mercedes with his triple champion team mate Lewis Hamilton, who had dominated both Friday sessions, 0.415 seconds slower than Vettel in fifth.

The duo were separated by Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari, which has an upgraded turbocharger at this race as the Italian team try to bridge the gap to Mercedes.

Canadian Grand Prix, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve – Free Practice 3, Best Lap Times

NO DRIVER CAR TIME GAP LAPS
1 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 1:13.919 21
2 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1:14.158 +0.239s 19
3 6 Nico Rosberg MERCEDES 1:14.316 +0.397s 22
4 7 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI 1:14.332 +0.413s 21
5 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:14.334 +0.415s 19
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1:14.487 +0.568s 22
7 55 Carlos Sainz TORO ROSSO FERRARI 1:14.655 +0.736s 21
8 14 Fernando Alonso MCLAREN HONDA 1:14.801 +0.882s 19
9 11 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1:14.886 +0.967s 21
10 19 Felipe Massa WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:14.890 +0.971s 18
11 27 Nico Hulkenberg FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1:14.918 +0.999s 20
12 77 Valtteri Bottas WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:14.985 +1.066s 20
13 22 Jenson Button MCLAREN HONDA 1:15.023 +1.104s 17
14 26 Daniil Kvyat TORO ROSSO FERRARI 1:15.199 +1.280s 20
15 21 Esteban Gutierrez HAAS FERRARI 1:15.444 +1.525s 16
16 30 Jolyon Palmer RENAULT 1:15.656 +1.737s 19
17 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 1:15.704 +1.785s 14
18 9 Marcus Ericsson SAUBER FERRARI 1:16.078 +2.159s 24
19 20 Kevin Magnussen RENAULT 1:16.085 +2.166s 17
20 12 Felipe Nasr SAUBER FERRARI 1:16.326 +2.407s 24
21 94 Pascal Wehrlein MRT MERCEDES 1:16.622 +2.703s 18
22 88 Rio Haryanto MRT MERCEDES 1:16.901 +2.982s 15