Rosberg pips Hamilton in final practice

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Nico Rosberg set the quickest lap of Interlagos so far this weekend as he pipped team mate Lewis Hamilton in the final practice session.

The last hour of running before today’s qualifying session began on a damp track following earlier rain, but drivers were soon able to use slick tyres.

Using the soft compound Rosberg produced a lap of 1’11.740 which was within half a second of his pole position time from last year. Hamilton ended up less than a tenth of a second shy of his team mate. According to Hamilton’s engineer he had carried slightly more speed than Rosberg into Pinheirinho which accounted for some of the gap.

Sebastian Vettel was the last of the front runners to set a time and the only non-Mercedes driver to lap the track in less than 72 seconds. He led a closely-knit trio with him, Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen separated by less than two-tenths.

Renault had an encouraging session as Jolyon Palmer split the Williams pair for the eighth-quickest time. Palmer suffered heavy vibrations earlier in the session after locking up at turn one.

Following his stoppage yesterday Fernando Alonso put his McLaren inside the top ten. However team mate Jenson Button had a strange incident when his team lost data from his car, leading him to make an early pit stop.

Romain Grosjean had a spin at Descida do Lago on his way to the 15th-quickest time. Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson was out of luck as an engine problem forced him back in after a single lap.

Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
16Nico RosbergMercedes1’11.74019
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’11.8330.09321
35Sebastian VettelFerrari1’11.9590.21914
47Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’12.0270.28716
533Max VerstappenRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’12.0770.33719
63Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’12.2870.54721
777Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1’12.6140.87427
830Jolyon PalmerRenault1’12.9681.22819
919Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1’12.9901.25026
1014Fernando AlonsoMcLaren-Honda1’13.0021.26212
1127Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1’13.2031.46314
1211Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1’13.2311.49119
1320Kevin MagnussenRenault1’13.2551.51515
1455Carlos Sainz JnrToro Rosso-Ferrari1’13.2931.55320
158Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’13.3441.60415
1621Esteban GutierrezHaas-Ferrari1’13.5961.85616
1726Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Ferrari1’13.6091.86913
1822Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Honda1’13.7502.0109
1994Pascal WehrleinManor-Mercedes1’13.9722.23220
2012Felipe NasrSauber-Ferrari1’13.9922.25214
2131Esteban OconManor-Mercedes1’14.2222.48221

Third practice visual gaps

Nico Rosberg – 1’11.740

+0.093 Lewis Hamilton – 1’11.833

+0.219 Sebastian Vettel – 1’11.959

+0.287 Kimi Raikkonen – 1’12.027

+0.337 Max Verstappen – 1’12.077

+0.547 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’12.287

+0.874 Valtteri Bottas – 1’12.614

+1.228 Jolyon Palmer – 1’12.968

+1.250 Felipe Massa – 1’12.990

+1.262 Fernando Alonso – 1’13.002

+1.463 Nico Hulkenberg – 1’13.203

+1.491 Sergio Perez – 1’13.231

+1.515 Kevin Magnussen – 1’13.255

+1.553 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’13.293

+1.604 Romain Grosjean – 1’13.344

+1.856 Esteban Gutierrez – 1’13.596

+1.869 Daniil Kvyat – 1’13.609

+2.010 Jenson Button – 1’13.750

+2.232 Pascal Wehrlein – 1’13.972

+2.252 Felipe Nasr – 1’13.992

+2.482 Esteban Ocon – 1’14.222

Combined practice times

PosDriverCarFP1FP2FP3Fri/Sat diffTotal laps
1Nico RosbergMercedes1’12.1251’12.3011’11.740-0.38585
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’11.8951’12.2711’11.833-0.06294
3Sebastian VettelFerrari1’13.5671’13.0021’11.959-1.04383
4Max VerstappenRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’11.9911’12.9281’12.077+0.08693
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’13.5691’13.0471’12.027-1.0266
6Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’12.3711’12.8281’12.287-0.08491
7Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1’13.1291’12.7611’12.614-0.147110
8Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1’13.3181’12.7891’12.990+0.201102
9Jolyon PalmerRenault1’14.9081’14.4361’12.968-1.46894
10Fernando AlonsoMcLaren-Honda1’14.2961’13.5721’13.002-0.5756
11Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1’13.2931’13.2991’13.203-0.0989
12Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1’13.2891’13.9181’13.231-0.05888
13Kevin MagnussenRenault1’14.1091’13.255-0.85462
14Carlos Sainz JnrToro Rosso-Ferrari1’13.7111’13.8011’13.293-0.41889
15Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’14.5071’14.0741’13.344-0.7375
16Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Honda1’14.2521’13.4401’13.750+0.3155
17Esteban GutierrezHaas-Ferrari1’14.5581’13.596-0.96258
18Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Ferrari1’14.0901’13.6891’13.609-0.0874
19Pascal WehrleinManor-Mercedes1’14.9481’14.9581’13.972-0.97674
20Felipe NasrSauber-Ferrari1’14.6311’14.3091’13.992-0.31775
21Esteban OconManor-Mercedes1’14.8271’14.3171’14.222-0.09597
22Marcus EricssonSauber-Ferrari1’14.6541’14.69545
23Charles LeclercHaas-Ferrari1’15.39127
24Sergey SirotkinRenault1’15.80010

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    16 comments on “Rosberg pips Hamilton in final practice”

    1. Lewis run later and had tow on the start – finish straight on his run, Rosberg is looking good.

      1. C’mon, it was only a pip.

    2. I heard on Sky F1 saying that Toto Wolf called Max father saying that Max shouldn’t get involved in the championship. Too me this shows that Mercedes will do anything to make Rosberg WDC by all means, this so silly. This to me confirms that the team handicapped Hamilton (rialibility issues) to benefit Rosberg. #rosbergfakewdc

      1. Wanna tin foil hats shops recommendation?

        1. @dex022 Have you not seen FP3 ?

      2. Not sure how this would benefit ROS and not HAM.
        But the Wolff action itself is very ridiculous of course. All drivers are there to race.. not to watch two men fighting for WDC,

      3. Exactly. This is also why they asked Rosberg to move over in Monaco 2016 to help Hamilton.

        Short memory, @patienceandtime?

        1. @xenomorph91 Because Rosberg was holding up a good team result because he simply was slow, the fact that Hamilton won of that decision proves it.

      4. What a read is that Toto called Jos because he doesn’t want Max to risk a crash with the championship contenders, to avoid the championship being decided by an accident, wich I can kind of support, if he is refering to the kind of maneuver we saw against Rosberg on lap one in Mexico. Soo, to me, it sounds like he is preventing a crash, not stopping the drivers to fight for position.

      5. The burst of laughter from Toto after Hamilton took pole tells another story @patienceandtime

    3. Yep reading it everywhere! If it’s true, I’m hoping Max will beat them both in the rain or at least making it for one of the two impossible to fight for the championship. ….Seems Merc got a bit snobbish!

      1. …wanted to reply to @patienceandtime

    4. If Max can beat both in the rain, he’ll probably bin it in an uncalled pitstop or run into the back of a backmarker or some other amateur stuff like he’s done in the past.

      1. The only crash verstappen was involved was with Grosjean Monaco and Grosjean could still drive ( not Verstappen he lost a wheel there ) So explain what you mean here.
        Uncalled pitstops hardly give you a advantage ;)

    5. Let’s face it. At Monaco, under the rain, Lewis was faster than Nico. for the simple reason that in the wet Hamilton is better than Rosberg. He would eventually have passed Nico but the delay in doing so would have let Ricciardo establish an unsurmountable gap. This would not have been beneficial to the team and in the end there was not much Nico would have gained in staying ahead of Hamilton.

      Of course, some armchair drivers here would have made mincemeat of Rosberg in no time flat. But of course, for them Lewis is just not up to par. Wonder how he got to drive for Merc?

      To many people, none wearing tin hats, this year, Merc has favored Rosberg. It is no secret that Lauda dislikes Hamilton. His disparaging comments are all over the place. And in this case Rosberg winning a championship in a Merc speaks marvels of the marque. Lewis was a champion when he joined Mercedes. Rosberg up to now, the oldest driver in the scuderia is still not yet a Champion. The concept that the car is so good it makes you the winner is good advertising meme.

      Eventually, the only way for Hamilton is out at the end of 2017. He will probably be replaced by a German. i.e.
      Pascal Wherlein the DTM champ.

      If the marque is still as competitive as today, Nico will rack a few more championships unless, of course, Pascal outdrives him which probably will hurt him more than his old nemesis. Anyway, germans driving german cars.
      Deutschland doing its own Brexit.

      Where will Hamilton go? He might and he might not stay in F1 as he will pursue other endeavours in other areas of his competence, music, recording, labels, fashion… Who knows.

      And some here badmouthing him will just have to look from below as he soars to new heights.

    6. Ocon drops 3 grid places for blocking Palmer in Q1. That puts Ocon dead last starting tomorrow, and promotes the Saubers ahead by one spot.

      Apparently, the Manor pitwall failed to warn Ocon about Palmer’s approaching car.

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