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Hamilton tops FP3 as Ferrari appear strong

Hamilton tops FP3 as Ferrari appear strong


Lewis Hamilton looks in comfortable control heading into qualifying, after topping the final free practice with 0.3s to spare from his teammate.

Despite Ferrari appearing deficient to Red Bull in recent races, Tifosi will take solace in the Italian team’s form in the session.

Whilst both Mercedes appeared untouchable – Lewis Hamilton’s 1:22.008 was almost a second faster than Sebastian Vettel in third – Ferrari were their nearest competitors.

Speaking after FP2, Daniel Ricciardo had claimed the Austrian outfit was slower than Ferrari, and was proved correct when he could not get within three-tenths of Kimi Raikkonen in fourth.

Proceedings earlier in the session saw Haas grab headlines, as Esteban Gutierrez set the first flying lap, before Romain Grosjean spun out just after ten minutes.

Clipping the first apex into the Ascari chicane, Grosjean then went into a spin before coming to rest in the sand trap.

Despite a vain attempt to reverse, the Frenchman’s session was ended with a virtual safety car being implemented as the stranded Haas was cleared.

Jolyon Palmer also saw some off-track action as he ran wide into the Parabolica bend, though unlike Grosjean he managed to rejoin.

Nico Rosberg looked second best to Hamilton during the session, as Mercedes ran a program of soft, then super-soft tyres.

His time of 1:22.401 on the 19 minute mark was swiftly trumped by the Briton, as the German has struggled to come within 0.3s of his teammate.

Williams would be a late bloomer in the session, waiting until the final ten minutes before Valteri Bottas and Felipe Massa entered the times at fifth and sixth respectively.

Further back in the field, Mclaren’s Q3 aspirations have been dealt a blow as both drivers were over two seconds off the pace.

However, all eyes will be on Ferrari in this afternoon’s qualifying, with pressure mounting to secure at least one race win in what has been considered a disappointing season.