Rosberg takes the initiative in final practice

2014 Spanish Grand Prix third practice

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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16 comments on Rosberg takes the initiative in final practice

  1. Osvaldas31 (@osvaldas31) said on 10th May 2014, 11:15

    I was watching this FP3 and almost fell asleep. And I think I’ll repeat that during today’s qualifying and tomorrow’s race. It’s one of the most boring F1 season I’ve ever seen. I have been watching F1 since 1999 and Schumacher era wasn’t as boring. And it’s not all down to one team dominating. I’m reviving new formula discussion. These new cars are extremely fast down the straights, but watching them they look so slow. Of course, they are slower in corners. But it’s also down to engine. It lacks drama, they made an illusion that there’s nothing faster on earth than that screaming Ferrari ir Mclaren. V10s were an entertainment alone, even though one driver was dominating. And drivers justling those cars through corners is not as much fun as I expected.

    • Eddie (@wackyracer) said on 10th May 2014, 11:17

      Get over it buddy

      • Osvaldas31 (@osvaldas31) said on 10th May 2014, 11:41

        I’m trying, but it’s really hard.

        • Robbie (@robbie) said on 10th May 2014, 12:31

          Exactly what level of excitement were you expecting from a practice session? Anyway…to each their own. If it is not for you so be it. But do remember that it is early days in a brand new chapter so things should tighten up in the field, and some races are always better than others for all kinds of reasons. Yeah there’s always room for improvement, and you don’t need to revive the discussion…the F1 community is discussing many aspects of their entity constantly these days.

          Personally I’ve already been thrilled moreso than I have in a long time with that battle in Bahrain and as it was happening I was thinking of the Villeneuve/Arnoux battle from about 35 years ago, which just shows the potential of the saga of F1 in spite of it’s imperfections. Certain specific snapshots in time amongst the more mundane times, can stand out for decades.

    • Sid said on 10th May 2014, 11:29

      Forget about these political correct toys, watch Moto GP and the riders skill and bravery and listen to the Honda.

    • Sven (@crammond) said on 10th May 2014, 11:32

      That may also be due to the nature of this track. I expect the monaco-qualifying-onboards to be the most entertaining since years, but this week´s race and quali in Barcelona will probably be quite boring for something F1-related, I agree. Those long corners could only be interesting with rain, which is unlikely to happen.

    • Nick (@npf1) said on 10th May 2014, 11:43

      I’m sorry, but do you really want even less overtaking, because everyone is relying on their fuel strategy to go by others? To have packs of cars at every race going in the order Ferrari (2seconds) McLaren-Williams (3 seconds) Renault-BAR (2 seconds) Jaguar-Toyota-Sauber (5 seconds) Jordan-Minardi? Because that was so exciting, knowing pretty much where everyone was going to finish. Nowadays, teams like Force India, Sauber and even McLaren and Ferrari can be everywhere along the pack at any given moment in the season.

      Just because there is no battle for the lead, doesn’t mean the races are worse than 2005-2009. And if you’re that concerned about the engine, go watch V8 Supercars, or better yet, go on eBay and find an old V10 and watch that as ‘entertainment alone’.

      The reason why everyone thinks they’re slow is cornering speed and the lack of RPM. I still haven’t gotten used to the low RPMs either, but my ears aren’t my only functioning sense.

    • Ciaran (@ciaran) said on 10th May 2014, 12:43

      @osvaldas31 If you really weren’t interested, you wouldn’t be watching quali or the race in the first place. It just looks like you’re whining for whining’s sake.

    • Can you really tell the cars are a couple seconds slower? I was watching through the first few races of the ’89 season this week and I honestly couldn’t tell that they were much slower. The twitchiness they had under braking seemed to make up for the lack of speed which I couldn’t see anyway. Is this just more to whine about or can people really see a couple seconds on the track?

    • Osvaldas31 (@osvaldas31) said on 10th May 2014, 13:01

      I don’t want to look like whining, just wanted to share my opinion. Just very hard to get used to new formula. It was far easier in 2009, when last big regulation changes came. I’ve got used to car looks quite quickly every season, but still I don’t like current looks of thin cars and quirky thin rear wings.

  2. rexcalib said on 10th May 2014, 11:23

    Is Force India suddenly looking uncompetitive? Have they lost out already in the upgrade race,,, or just my thoughts.

  3. Wil-Liam (@wil-liam) said on 10th May 2014, 11:31

    Copy Hamilton’s set-up and go fastest….seems legit.PROFESSOR Nico

    • Robbie (@robbie) said on 10th May 2014, 12:11

      Yup…two drivers pushing each other…exactly how it should work…opposite being one driver is favoured and the one who is not never gets to see the favoured one’s data…and then what would there be left…no race for the Championship whatsoever. Good thing LH gets to copy NR’s setups too.

  4. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 10th May 2014, 11:34

    1.3 seconds… this is pretty astonishing stuff!

  5. Pennyroyal tea (@peartree) said on 10th May 2014, 12:59

    The track is only going to get less grippy and apparently it’s something that only Mercedes seem to cope with, also the track this year is rear limited especially on traction which is helping the Mercedes runners as they seem to get better traction, all things considered it’s Bahrain easy domination for Mercedes, certainly more than an engine.

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