Williams Martini Racing claimed a 1-2 result in the final practice session for the Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix, which was limited to barely 15 minutes of raining thanks to heavy rain showers over the Autodromo Nazionale Monza circuit.

One year on from announcing his retirement-that-wasn’t, Felipe Massa topped the timesheets ahead of teammate Lance Stroll in a session where just seven drivers posted a timed lap.

With Friday’s two practice sessions running as planned despite some light rain showers between the two sessions, Saturday’s track action was severely impacted by heavy morning rain that saw qualifying for the third-tier GP3 Series cancelled altogether.

The pit lane remained closed when the FP3 session officially got underway, with the newly resurfaced start/finish straight featuring huge patches of standing water.

The FIA sent its Safety Car out at 10 to 15-minute intervals to assess any improvements in track conditions, with Race Director Charlie Whiting eventually deciding that the session could start with just 16 minutes of the original one hour session to run.

The Red Bull Racing duo of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen were the first to brave the conditions on Pirelli’s Wet tyre compound, but both elected to return to the pits after an exploratory lap of the 5.7-kilometre circuit and took no further part in proceedings.

The same was the case for almost two-thirds of the field, who opted to avoid the risk of potential major damage to their cars with just a two-hour window until qualifying is scheduled to start.

The Toro Rossos of Carlos Sainz Jr and teammate Daniil Kvyat were the first to post timed runs and completed nine laps between them in the limited time available. Each driver found the conditions tricky, running off-track after locking up on approach to the Variante della Roggia chicane.

Sainz posted the benchmark time of 1:41.515 before being edged by Renault’s Nico Hülkenberg to the tune of just 0.02 seconds.

The German’s position at the top of the timesheets lasted just a few minutes before he was usurped by Massa and his rookie teammate Lance Stroll, who claimed first and second place respectively.

The lack of running and poor conditions meant no one was prepared to gamble on anything close to a qualifying-style run, and if conditions – as expected – remain damp then the afternoon’s knockout session could throw up a few interesting results.


FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN GRAN PREMIO D’ITALIA 2017 – FREE PRACTICE 3 RESULTS
Driver Team / Entry Time Tyre Laps
1. Felipe Massa br Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW40 1:40.660 Pirelli Wet 4
2. Lance Stroll ca Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW40 1:40.888 Pirelli Wet 4
3. Nico Hulkenberg de Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 1:41.491 Pirelli Wet 4
4. Carlos Sainz Jr es Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR12 1:41.515 Pirelli Wet 5
5. Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 1:44.369 Pirelli Wet 4
6. Marcus Ericsson se Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C36 1:44.701 Pirelli Wet 3
7. Daniil Kvyat ru Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR12 1:45.033 Pirelli Wet 4
8. Daniel Ricciardo au Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer RB13 no time Pirelli Wet 1
9. Max Verstappen nl Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer RB13 no time Pirelli Wet 1
10. Sebastian Vettel de Scuderia Ferrari SF70H no time Pirelli Wet 3
11. Kimi Räikkönen fi Scuderia Ferrari SF70H no time Pirelli Wet 4
12. Fernando Alonso es McLaren-Honda MCL32 no time Pirelli Wet 2
13. Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Honda MCL32 no time Pirelli Wet 4
14. Kevin Magnussen dk Haas F1 Team Ferrari VF-17 no time Pirelli Wet 1
15. Romain Grosjean fr Haas F1 Team Ferrari VF-17 no time Pirelli Wet 1
16. Esteban Ocon fr Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM10 no time Pirelli Wet 2
17. Pascal Wehrlein de Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C36 no time Pirelli Wet 2
18. Valtteri Bottas fi Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W08 no time Pirelli Wet 1
19. Sergio Pérez Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM10 no time Pirelli Wet 1
20. Lewis Hamilton uk Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W08 no time Pirelli Wet 1

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