Lewis Hamilton has led a Mercedes one-two in the final practice session for the Italian Grand Prix, with his teammate Nico Rosberg finished comfortably ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in third.
The Mercedes’ jumped to the top of the leader board still running the soft compound tyre, while the Ferrari drivers in third and fourth position posted set their best lap times on the theoretically quicker super soft compound.
Williams leapfrogged Red Bull Racing in the pecking order, as Valtteri Bottas finished three-tenths of a second behind Kimi Räikkönen’s Ferrari in fifth, while Bottas’ teammate Felipe Massa was just over one-tenth off his teammate’s pace in sixth.
Red Bull Racing joined Mercedes running similar tyre strategies for the final practice session, with both teams opting to run the softs first before attempting qualifying-style laps on the super softs, and then returning to the soft compound at the end of the session.
Ricciardo and Max Verstappen ended the session in seventh and eighth position respectively to continue a Noah’s Ark formation on the timesheets. The Force Indias of while Sergio Pérez and Nico Hülkenberg would have continued the theme, only to be split by the Haas Ferrari of Esteban Gutiérrez.
Pérez spent most of his session running the medium tyre as did his teammate Hülkenberg, with the pair evaluating the compound’s performance to possibly use the mediums during tomorrow’s race on a likely one-stop strategy.
McLaren’s Jenson Button only completed 11 laps in the session but registered a lap time good enough for twelfth position ahead of Carlos Sainz in the Toro Rosso Ferrari. Button’s teammate Fernando Alonso was further down the order in seventeenth position.
Romain Grosjean ended his session after just four laps by spinning his Haas off at the Ascari chicane and beaching it in the gravel, bringing out a brief Virtual Safety Car.
Renault lifted itself off the bottom of the timesheets, beating both Sauber and Manor Racing on pace with Jolyon Palmer going fifteenth-fastest to narrowly edge out Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson.
Qualifying starts at 14:00 local time (GMT +2).
|FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO HEINEKEN D’ITALIA 2016 – FREE PRACTICE 3 SESSION RESULTS|
|Driver||Team / Entry||Result||Laps|
|1.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W07 Hybrid||1:22.008||14|
|2.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W07 Hybrid||+ 0.393||17|
|3.||Sebastian Vettel||Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H||+ 0.938||13|
|4.||Kimi Räikkönen||Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H||+ 1.141||12|
|5.||Valtteri Bottas||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW38||+ 1.492||20|
|6.||Felipe Massa||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW38||+ 1.639||19|
|7.||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer RB12||+ 1.701||23|
|8.||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer RB12||+ 1.732||21|
|9.||Sergio Pérez||Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM09||+ 1.909||20|
|10.||Esteban Gutiérrez||Haas F1 Ferrari VF-16||+ 2.026||15|
|11.||Nico Hülkenberg||Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM09||+ 2.033||21|
|12.||Jenson Button||McLaren-Honda MP4-31||+ 2.096||11|
|13.||Carlos Sainz Jr||Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR11||+ 2.232||17|
|14.||Romain Grosjean||Haas F1 Ferrari VF-16||+ 2.455||4|
|15.||Jolyon Palmer||Renault Sport F1 Team RS16||+ 2.525||13|
|16.||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C35||+ 2.534||20|
|17.||Fernando Alonso||McLaren-Honda MP4-31||+ 2.650||12|
|18.||Felipe Nasr||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C35||+ 2.707||19|
|19.||Kevin Magnussen||Renault Sport F1 Team RS16||+ 2.785||12|
|20.||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR11||+ 2.837||17|
|21.||Pascal Wehrlein||Manor Racing Mercedes MRT5||+ 2.885||19|
|22.||Esteban Ocon||Manor Racing Mercedes MRT5||+ 2.930||15|
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