Rosberg comfortably ahead as practice ends

2014 German Grand Prix third practice

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Hockenheimring, 2014Nico Rosberg ended the final practice session for the German Grand Prix with a comfortable margin of six-tenths of a second over his team mate and closest rival.

Rosberg set a best time of 1’17.779 using super-soft tyres at the end of the session while Lewis Hamilton, who reported a vibration from the rubber on his final run, could only manage a 1’18.380.

That was just four-thousandths of a second faster than Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari. But once again there were problems at the other side of that garage.

Ferrari diagnosed a fuel system problem on Kimi Raikkonen’s car halfway through the session and quickly summoned him back into the pits. He was out moments later to do a quick run on the super-softs, then returned to the pits for the rest of the session.

A clutch of Mercedes-powered cars followed Alonso on the times sheets. The Williams pair were next, Valtteri Bottas trailling his team mate after a scruffy lap.

Kevin Magnussen was next for McLaren but team mate Jenson Button languished in 13th place, complaining about poor balance and ineffective brakes as the session came to an end.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’17.779
2 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’18.380 0.601
3 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’18.384 0.605
4 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’18.575 0.796
5 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’18.611 0.832
6 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’18.756 0.977
7 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’18.769 0.990
8 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’18.842 1.063
9 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’18.890 1.111
10 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’19.127 1.348
11 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’19.131 1.352
12 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’19.470 1.691
13 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’19.489 1.710
14 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’19.505 1.726
15 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’19.601 1.822
16 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’20.078 2.299
17 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1’20.199 2.420
18 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1’20.466 2.687
19 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1’20.844 3.065
20 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1’21.018 3.239
21 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1’23.077 5.298
22 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1’23.449 5.670

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Fri/Sat diff Total laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’19.131 1’18.365 1’17.779 -0.586 68
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’19.196 1’18.341 1’18.380 +0.039 63
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’19.423 1’19.329 1’18.384 -0.945 53
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’19.697 1’18.443 1’18.769 +0.326 62
5 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’20.542 1’19.024 1’18.575 -0.449 55
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’19.385 1’18.611 -0.774 34
7 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’20.105 1’18.960 1’18.756 -0.204 72
8 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’20.210 1’18.887 1’18.842 -0.045 59
9 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’20.097 1’19.248 1’18.890 -0.358 63
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’20.592 1’19.593 1’19.127 -0.466 54
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’20.337 1’19.452 1’19.131 -0.321 55
12 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’19.833 1’19.221 1’19.489 +0.268 64
13 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1’20.505 1’19.417 1’20.844 +1.427 59
14 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’20.586 1’19.760 1’19.470 -0.29 55
15 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’20.598 1’19.581 1’19.505 -0.076 52
16 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’20.504 1’19.601 -0.903 40
17 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’21.603 1’20.358 1’20.078 -0.28 55
18 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1’21.854 1’20.158 1’20.466 +0.308 65
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1’22.982 1’21.328 1’20.199 -1.129 55
20 Susie Wolff Williams-Mercedes 1’20.769 22
21 Giedo van der Garde Sauber-Ferrari 1’20.782 23
22 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1’22.572 1’23.728 1’21.018 -1.554 43
23 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1’23.256 1’21.870 1’23.077 +1.207 56
24 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1’23.299 1’21.898 1’23.449 +1.551 50

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