USGP: Hamilton tops very wet final practice

Lewis Hamilton tries to stay dry
Lewis Hamilton tries to stay dry

Putting the Mercedes extra 100HP to good use on the straights, Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap in a very wet final practice for the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix.

With rivers running across the track all drivers were required to use full wet tires. Still just about all the drivers spun out, including Hamilton.

2nd fastest Sebastian Vettel spun first at Turn 19 and then Turn 9 and then complained about aquaplaning as conditions worsened in the final half of the session.

The Ferrari driver still finished ahead of Nico Hulkenberg, Valtteri Bottas and Carlos Sainz Jr.

Rain is expected to continue for qualifying this afternoon, but even if qualifying is unable to be completed as scheduled, it probably will run on Sunday ahead of the race. With zero walk-up crowd one thing is for certain, the race promoter will take a financial bloodbath this year.

Practice 3 Results

Pos Driver Car Time Behind Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes/Mercedes 1m59.517s 0.000s 9
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari/Ferrari 2m00.380s 0.863s 9
3 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 2m00.496s 0.979s 12
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 2m00.523s 1.006s 14
5 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 2m00.687s 1.170s 11
6 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 2m00.694s 1.177s 12
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari/Ferrari 2m00.785s 1.268s 9
8 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 2m01.008s 1.491s 12
9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes/Mercedes 2m01.474s 1.957s 7
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 2m02.199s 2.682s 13
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 2m02.660s 3.143s 12
12 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 2m02.825s 3.308s 10
13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 2m02.921s 3.404s 11
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 2m03.375s 3.858s 9
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 2m04.399s 4.882s 13
16 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 2m05.283s 5.766s 7
17 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 2m05.378s 5.861s 10
18 Alexander Rossi Marussia/Ferrari 2m05.607s 6.090s 10
19 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 2m06.792s 7.275s 10
20 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 2m09.994s 10.477s 7

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