Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014

Rosberg takes the initiative in final practice

2014 Spanish Grand Prix third practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014Nico Rosberg responded to his team mate’s Friday pace by heading the final practice session at the Circuit de Catalunya.

But the Mercedes driver’s best time of 1’25.887 was three-tenths of a second off Lewis Hamilton’s best time from yesterday. Hamilton aborted his quickest lap on the medium tyres after making a small mistake in the final sector.

The Mercedes pair were more than a second quicker than any other car on the track. Home favourite Fernando Alonso was third for Ferrari.

Felipe Massa didn’t emerge from his garage until the second half of the session. But when he did the potential of the Williams became apparent – he was just a few hundredths of a second slower than Alonso.

Lotus received some encouragement as Romain Grosjean, who endured several problems yesterday, posted the fifth-fastest time. He was just over a tenth of a second faster than Kevin Magnussen’s McLaren.

Red Bull dropped back from the ‘best-of-the-rest’ positions they occupied on Friday, Daniel Ricciardo only seventh fastest. Team mate Sebastian Vettel finally got some significant running done in his RB10 following the repair to his wiring loom, but ran wide during an early lap on the medium tyres.

For the second practice session in a row Max Chilton’s participation came to an early end in a gravel trap. He locked up at turn five and came to a stop. That brought out the yellow flags which delayed the start of the final flying laps on the softer tyres.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’25.887 16
2 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’26.756 0.869 9
3 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’27.188 1.301 15
4 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’27.223 1.336 10
5 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’27.682 1.795 18
6 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’27.806 1.919 16
7 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’27.808 1.921 12
8 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’28.006 2.119 11
9 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1’28.076 2.189 19
10 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’28.085 2.198 20
11 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’28.101 2.214 12
12 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’28.242 2.355 16
13 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’28.298 2.411 16
14 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’28.419 2.532 16
15 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’28.571 2.684 13
16 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’28.688 2.801 13
17 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1’28.715 2.828 16
18 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’28.865 2.978 18
19 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1’30.169 4.282 15
20 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1’30.670 4.783 12
21 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1’30.712 4.825 18
22 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1’31.559 5.672 19

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Fri/Sat diff Total laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’27.023 1’25.524 1’26.756 +1.232 59
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’28.168 1’25.973 1’25.887 -0.086 61
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’27.973 1’26.509 1’27.808 +1.299 71
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’28.128 1’27.121 1’27.188 +0.067 71
5 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’28.791 1’27.824 1’27.223 -0.601 54
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’28.337 1’27.296 1’28.419 +1.123 68
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’29.944 1’29.493 1’27.682 -1.811 65
8 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’28.423 1’27.788 1’27.806 +0.018 80
9 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’27.891 1’27.811 1’28.006 +0.195 66
10 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1’28.744 1’27.866 1’28.076 +0.21 95
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’28.792 1’28.049 1’28.298 +0.249 75
12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’28.828 1’28.074 1’28.688 +0.614 61
13 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’30.942 1’28.085 -2.857 24
14 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’28.698 1’28.101 -0.597 45
15 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’28.859 1’28.246 1’28.242 -0.004 70
16 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1’29.688 1’28.284 1’28.715 +0.431 65
17 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’28.779 1’29.129 1’28.571 -0.208 65
18 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’29.105 1’28.865 -0.24 42
19 Felipe Nasr Williams-Mercedes 1’29.272 15
20 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1’29.820 1’29.991 1’30.670 +0.85 60
21 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1’30.748 1’31.148 1’30.169 -0.579 62
22 Giedo van der Garde Sauber-Ferrari 1’30.440 22
23 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1’30.997 1’31.338 1’30.712 -0.285 78
24 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1’31.421 1’31.586 1’31.559 +0.138 80

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