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Rosberg completes Free Practice hat-trick

Rosberg completes Free Practice hat-trick

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Heading into qualifying full of confidence, Nico Rosberg was again able to replicate his Friday form ahead of Saturday afternoon.

The German would be followed closely by team-mate Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo, and the two Ferrari’s headed by Kimi Raikkonen.

Hamilton would be embroiled in controversy early, after being released out of the Mercedes garage in front of Romain Grosjean.

The Frenchman was required to slam his breaks, and the stewards subsequently announced an ‘unsafe release’ investigation.

A third reprimand for the Briton would hamper his championship efforts, given he is also anticipated to take a double engine change at the next Belgian Grand Prix.

Grosjean would later face misfortune, as he spun on the 38 minute mark, then complaining of gearbox problems.

With the incident occurring on the exit of turn 3, the Frenchman bounced onto the grass before limping the car back to the garage in fourth gear.

Sergio Perez’s session was also hampered on the 27 minute mark, damaging his car on kerbs and requiring maintenance from the Force India mechanics.

Sebastian Vettel would face a similar problem after the completion of the session, running wide on turn 10 and damaging his front wing on his in-lap.

The right of the front wing would be seen detached as he headed back into the garage.

However it would be both Williams and Lewis Hamilton dominating proceedings early, as the Championship leader set a 1:15.795 on the 34 minute mark.

This was bested by home favourite Rosberg twelve minutes later, setting a time-topping 1:15.738.

Jenson Button would meanwhile complain of a loose rear throughout the session, ending the session in 19th with a surprisingly uncompetitive 1:18.093.