Rosberg edges Verstappen, Hamilton eighth in final practice

2016 Singapore Grand Prix third practice

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Nico Rosberg led final practice for the Singapore Grand Prix but Red Bull gave warning of their potential as Max Verstappen lapped within a tenth of a second of him.

Verstappen set the quickest time in the middle sector on his way to second in the classification. Team mate Daniel Ricciardo was almost half a second slower after catching the Manor of Esteban Ocon at the end of his flying lap.

Lewis Hamilton’s disrupted weekend continued as he went off during both his flying laps after locking a brake at turn seven. He ended up eighth.

Between him and his pace-setting team mates were both Ferraris, Kimi Raikkonen again the faster of the two. Sebastian Vettel reported a lack of rear grip during his runs.

Nico Hulkenberg put his Force India up in sixth, the last driver to get within a second of Rosberg. Both Toro Rossos also featured in the top ten, Daniil Kvyat ahead of Carlos Sainz Jnr, and Valtteri Bottas was the quickest Williams driver in tenth.

The session was red-flagged early on after Pascal Wehrlein hit a barrier, damaging his rear wing. During the interruption a lizard was spotted crossing the circuit, undisturbed by the passage of Verstappen’s RB12.

Combined practice times

Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
16Nico RosbergMercedes1’44.35215
233Max VerstappenRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’44.4110.05915
37Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’44.8600.50815
43Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’44.9030.55112
55Sebastian VettelFerrari1’45.1040.75213
627Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1’45.3160.96413
726Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Ferrari1’45.5031.15119
844Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’45.8061.4549
955Carlos Sainz JnrToro Rosso-Ferrari1’45.8791.52717
1077Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1’45.9471.59516
1111Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1’46.1121.76015
1214Fernando AlonsoMcLaren-Honda1’46.1641.81213
1321Esteban GutierrezHaas-Ferrari1’46.3161.96416
1419Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1’46.5292.17717
1520Kevin MagnussenRenault1’47.1162.76411
1622Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Honda1’47.2772.92516
1712Felipe NasrSauber-Ferrari1’47.2932.94118
188Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’47.4113.05920
199Marcus EricssonSauber-Ferrari1’47.9563.60420
2030Jolyon PalmerRenault1’48.6894.33713
2194Pascal WehrleinManor-Mercedes1’49.2014.84910
2231Esteban OconManor-Mercedes1’49.5655.21314

Third practice visual gaps

Nico Rosberg – 1’44.352

+0.059 Max Verstappen – 1’44.411

+0.508 Kimi Raikkonen – 1’44.860

+0.551 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’44.903

+0.752 Sebastian Vettel – 1’45.104

+0.964 Nico Hulkenberg – 1’45.316

+1.151 Daniil Kvyat – 1’45.503

+1.454 Lewis Hamilton – 1’45.806

+1.527 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’45.879

+1.595 Valtteri Bottas – 1’45.947

+1.760 Sergio Perez – 1’46.112

+1.812 Fernando Alonso – 1’46.164

+1.964 Esteban Gutierrez – 1’46.316

+2.177 Felipe Massa – 1’46.529

+2.764 Kevin Magnussen – 1’47.116

+2.925 Jenson Button – 1’47.277

+2.941 Felipe Nasr – 1’47.293

+3.059 Romain Grosjean – 1’47.411

+3.604 Marcus Ericsson – 1’47.956

+4.337 Jolyon Palmer – 1’48.689

+4.849 Pascal Wehrlein – 1’49.201

+5.213 Esteban Ocon – 1’49.565

Complete session times

PosDriverCarFP1FP2FP3Fri/Sat diffTotal laps
1Nico RosbergMercedes1’46.5131’44.1521’44.352+0.271
2Max VerstappenRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’45.8231’44.5321’44.411-0.12169
3Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’46.8901’44.4271’44.860+0.43369
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’45.8721’44.5571’44.903+0.34665
5Sebastian VettelFerrari1’46.2871’45.1611’45.104-0.05768
6Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1’48.3591’45.1821’45.316+0.13476
7Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’46.4261’45.2751’45.806+0.53143
8Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Ferrari1’47.6831’46.0291’45.503-0.52683
9Carlos Sainz JnrToro Rosso-Ferrari1’46.9361’45.5071’45.879+0.37278
10Fernando AlonsoMcLaren-Honda1’48.2021’45.7791’46.164+0.38564
11Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1’48.4531’46.9601’45.947-1.01372
12Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1’48.2141’46.0631’46.112+0.04969
13Esteban GutierrezHaas-Ferrari1’48.1091’46.7271’46.316-0.41175
14Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1’48.0441’46.8561’46.529-0.32774
15Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Honda1’49.6151’46.5741’47.277+0.70366
16Kevin MagnussenRenault1’50.2631’47.1611’47.116-0.04570
17Jolyon PalmerRenault1’49.7941’47.1661’48.689+1.52374
18Felipe NasrSauber-Ferrari1’49.5951’47.5311’47.293-0.23863
19Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’48.3911’47.411-0.9834
20Marcus EricssonSauber-Ferrari1’51.4791’48.4871’47.956-0.53168
21Pascal WehrleinManor-Mercedes1’51.1121’48.5051’49.201+0.69666
22Esteban OconManor-Mercedes1’52.3791’48.8231’49.565+0.74276

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12 comments on “Rosberg edges Verstappen, Hamilton eighth in final practice”

  1. I think Rosberg will get pole if Hamilton can not get it together.
    Kimi looking really good here.

    1. It’s Baku all over again for Hamilton.

    2. What is going on with Hamilton? =8-!
      1.5 seconds slower than Rosberg is a massive difference!

  2. a lizard was spotted crossing the circuit, undisturbed by the passage of Verstappen’s RB12.

    That’s what we think; you should’ve heard the lizard on his board radio ;-)

    1. Lizard to pitwall: “No wonder they call him ‘Mad Max’!”

  3. Long lap, big gaps, but some cars seem to be going pretty well, looking at this session alone, there’s a Merc on top, RB is 2nd and Ferrari 3rd but I think there’s a wider picture. I think the lap times are going to get a lot quicker than this, as usual in Singapore the qualifying is run on cooler conditions and there’s always some fuel and PU modes to account for. I think qualifying is going to be frenetic. I really can’t see who’s going to deliver. Ham has had a troubled weekend but he’s shown to be comfortable on that car before so you never know.
    Where’s McLaren? I keep saying the same, the race team is under massive pressure, Honda is also under pressure but Honda not only have improved they’ve kept some humility. McLaren on the other side are constantly trying to prove their chassis’ worth. McLaren have to stop blaming Honda, and look at where the performance is, the tyres the chassis the aero, those are variables, the penalty they carry from the lack of power is a constant, you just got to move forwards from that.

  4. Good thing that even if it was on a flying lap, the lizard kept its line and did not try to block.

    1. Arnoud van Houwelingen
      17th September 2016, 13:23

      if he tried to block he would have been lizard soup!

    2. It was nothing to worry about. Max had that lizard in the bag!

      I’ll get my coat…

  5. So, how did the lizards long stint looked like relative to the Mercedes?

    1. Not too good, clearly lacking horsepower, although a good chassis.

    2. I think it was pretty much on par with the McLarens.

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