Hamilton nips Raikkonen in final British GP practice

Hamilton quickest but what does Vettel have up his sleeve?
Hamilton quickest but what does Vettel have up his sleeve?

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton pipped Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen by just 0.093s to top the timesheets in final practice for the British GP Saturday morning at Silverstone. However, Ferrari's lead driver, Sebastian Vettel, did not make a qualifying simulation run and he's usually faster than Raikkonen so qualifying should be interesting in 2 hours time.

Valtteri Bottas was third quick for Mercedes 0.42s behind his teammate while Vettel was 4th 1.1s back but at race pace, not qualifying pace, and only ran 8 laps.

Max Verstappen was 1.29s back to finish in 5th in his Red Bull.

Hartley's front suspension fails
Hartley's front suspension fails

Brendon Hartley was involved in a scary crash after a huge left-front suspension failure on his Toro Rosso.

Hartley was speeding down Silverstone's Wellington Straight at around 200mph when his front-left suspension buckled as he hit the brake into Brooklands, removing the tyre, and he was merely a passenger as the car went into the gravel and into a big impact with the barrier.

The New Zealander was walking after the crash before his car was lifted off of the circuit by a crane.

The 28-year-old has received medicals checks and has been given the all clear since the accident.

The session was red flagged, before restarting once the debris was cleared.

While it was a session to forget for Toro Rosso, Sauber will be buoyant, and rightly so, as Charles Leclerc finished in an impressive seventh place ahead of the sister C37 of Marcus Ericsson in 10th.

Splitting the Swiss team were the Haas pair of Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean, who got some important miles under his belt after missing FP2 yesterday due to his opening-practice shunt.

Practice 3 Results

1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:26.722 +0.000s 15
2 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:26.815 +0.093s 14
3 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:27.364 +0.642s 17
4 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:27.851 +1.129s 8
5 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Renault 1:28.012 +1.290s 22
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing Renault 1:28.018 +1.296s 15
7 16 Charles Leclerc Sauber Ferrari 1:28.146 +1.424s 18
8 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:28.418 +1.696s 16
9 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:28.554 +1.832s 18
10 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1:28.814 +2.092s 17
11 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:28.917 +2.195s 14
12 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1:29.066 +2.344s 15
13 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Renault 1:29.070 +2.348s 17
14 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:29.094 +2.372s 12
15 55 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:29.133 +2.411s 15
16 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:29.829 +3.107s 13
17 35 Sergey Sirotkin Williams Mercedes 1:29.984 +3.262s 17
18 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Renault 1:30.004 +3.282s 17
19 10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso Honda 1:30.050 +3.328s 4
20 28 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso Honda No Time No Time 3