Japanese GP: Rosberg and Hamilton use Mercedes power to top Practice 3

Nico Rosberg

As predicted once the track dried and they could make use of their huge HP advantage, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton were 1-2 for Mercedes in final Japanese Grand Prix practice at Suzuka.

Rosberg turned a lap of 1m33.995s on the medium tires to finish 0.297 seconds clear of Hamilton with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo two tenths further back in third.

Putting the power in their Mercedes engines to good use, the Williams of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas were fourth and fifth respectively, ahead of both Ferraris.

The leading Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen was only sixth quickest, one second off the pace, with team-mate and Singapore Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel two tenths further back in 8th behind Max Verstappen in the Toro Rosso.

Will Stevens won the battle of the back of the grid Manors, 0.116s quicker than teammate Alexander Rossi who had never raced at Suzuka before.

Results

Pos Driver Car Time Behind Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes/Mercedes 1m33.995s 0.000s 19
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes/Mercedes 1m34.292s 0.297s 20
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m34.497s 0.502s 22
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m34.797s 0.802s 27
5 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m34.934s 0.939s 25
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari/Ferrari 1m35.082s 1.087s 16
7 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m35.160s 1.165s 26
8 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari/Ferrari 1m35.222s 1.227s 16
9 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m35.602s 1.607s 20
10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m35.963s 1.968s 29
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m36.110s 2.115s 19
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m36.174s 2.179s 15
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.199s 2.204s 19
14 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m36.294s 2.299s 23
15 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m36.307s 2.312s 21
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m36.360s 2.365s 18
17 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m36.430s 2.435s 21
18 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.919s 2.924s 24
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m39.653s 5.658s 24
20 Alexander Rossi Marussia/Ferrari 1m39.819s 5.824s 22

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