Superior Mercedes cars top final British GP practice

Rosberg fast in the wet and dry

Amid much improved weather conditions, the field quickly set about making up for lost track time as the green light illuminated at the end of the Silverstone pit lane, with the early focus on hard tire runs. Home favorite Hamilton was the man in charge at this point, consistently lowering his benchmark time.

But Nico Rosberg again beat Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in the final seconds of British Grand Prix practice three at Silverstone proving once again that Mercedes has the fastest car in F1 today. They are so superior they are fastest in the wet or dry.

Sebastian Vettel secured third with his last lap, just ahead of Red Bull teammate Mark Webber but ½ second behind the superior Mercedes’.

Romain Grosjean was fifth for Lotus, while Toro Rosso's impressive weekend continued as Daniel Ricciardo took sixth.

Pirelli believes that Sergio Perez's tire failure in final free practice was caused by a large cut in the sidewall.

Perez brought out the red flag after 13 minutes of running on Saturday morning when his left rear tire failed while running through Copse corner.

With debris from the tire littering the track, officials had no option but to stop running so the track could be cleared.


Pos Driver Team/Car Time Behind Laps
1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m31.487s +0.000s 18
2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m31.633s +0.146s 20
3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m32.037s +0.550s 20
4. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m32.078s +0.591s 17
5. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m32.391s +0.904s 18
6. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m32.440s +0.953s 19
7. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m32.454s +0.967s 18
8. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m32.459s +0.972s 22
9. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m32.536s +1.049s 17
10. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m32.571s +1.084s 17
11. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m32.580s +1.093s 15
12. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m32.926s +1.439s 18
13. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m33.133s +1.646s 17
14. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m33.225s +1.738s 16
15. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m33.273s +1.786s 16
16. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m33.309s +1.822s 25
17. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m33.370s +1.883s 19
18. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1m33.607s +2.120s 9
19. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1m34.971s +3.484s 18
20. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m34.990s +3.503s 17
21. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m36.694s +5.207s 16
22. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m37.443s +5.956s 18

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