Lewis Hamilton has returned to the top of the timesheets, while his team-mate Nico Rosberg found himself at the other end of the grid.

Making up for an interrupted second practice session yesterday, Hamilton put in the most laps of the field with 23, a whole 20 laps more than Rosberg.

However it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the Briton, as he made complaints about the balance of his front brakes. Usually one to favour Brembo brakes, Hamilton is currently using Carbon Industrie for better reliability.

A problem with the gearbox saw Rosberg sit out the majority of the session, hindering his preparations for qualifying. Reliability is becoming a serious issue for the Mercedes outfit.


Fernando Alonso remained competitive for Ferrari, setting the second fastest time of the session four-tenths behind Hamilton’s best time. His team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was seventh, a further four-tenths back.

Williams flexed their muscles and returned to the front of the grid with Valtteri Bottas half a second off the pace in third position. His team-mate Felipe Massa was just a fraction slower, setting the faster first sector time on his flying lap.

Red Bull didn’t have the best of sessions, but racked up the mileage ahead of qualifying with a combined lap total of 33. Sebastian Vettel was sixth fastest, three places ahead of Daniel Ricciardo who has improved from the two practice sessions yesterday.

A gearbox failure left Sergio Pérez stranded on track at Curva Grande. Exiting the first corner chicane his Force India jumped into neutral as he upshifted and became stuck. Team-mate Nico Hülkenberg was a second off the leaders pace in 10th.

Daniil Kvyat outpaced his team-mate Jean-Éric Vergne by a full second and ended the session in an impressive eighth position, however an engine change will see him drop 10 places from where he qualifies.

2014 Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 3 Results:

Driver Team / Entry Time Gap Laps
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05 1:25.519 23
2. Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari F14T 1:25.931 + 0.412 13
3. Valtteri Bottas Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36 1:26.090 + 0.571 19
4. Felipe Massa Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36 1:26.114 + 0.595 18
5. Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes MP4-29 1:26.242 + 0.723 21
6. Sebastian Vettel Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10 1:26.290 + 0.771 17
7. Kimi Räikkönen Scuderia Ferrari F14T 1:26.327 + 0.808 15
8. Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9 1:26.437 + 0.918 21
9. Daniel Ricciardo Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10 1:26.482 + 0.963 16
10. Nico Hülkenberg Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07 1:26.608 + 1.089 17
11. Kevin Magnussen McLaren Mercedes MP4-29 1:26.829 + 1.310 20
12. Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33 1:27.207 + 1.688 18
13. Sergio Pérez Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07 1:27.312 + 1.793 10
14. Jean-Éric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9 1:27.479 + 1.960 22
15. Adrian Sutil Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33 1:27.498 + 1.979 12
16. Jules Bianchi Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03 1:28.025 + 2.506 19
17. Pastor Maldonado Lotus F1 Team Renault E22 1:28.137 + 2.618 20
18. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05 1:28.265 + 2.746 21
19. Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 Team Renault E22 1:28.459 + 2.940 14
20. Max Chilton Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03 1:28.579 + 3.060 19
21. Marcus Ericsson Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05 1:29.251 + 3.732 22
22. Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05 no time 3

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