Baku FP3: Practice clean sweep for Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton made it a clean sweep of top of the time sheet finishes in all three practice sessions for the European Grand Prix, as yet again he went fastest of all in FP3 by a quarter second over his teammate Nico Rosberg as the Mercedes duo once again dominated.
The reigning world champion’s best lap time of 1:44.352, around the fast and tricky Baku Street Circuit, was a quarter of a second up on Rosberg in second and well over a second better than third best Nico Hulkenberg in the Force India.
Hamilton’s best lap came late in a session, up to that point Rosberg seemed to have the edge, and the Briton is clearly on the front foot ahead of qualifying later in the day.
The Mercedes cars were again a class above their rivals, with Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg third fastest but over a second off Hamilton’s time. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was fourth, ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in fifth.
The session ended under a red flag due to debris on track after Force India’s Sergio Perez slammed the same trackside barrier that caught out Ricciardo a day earlier.
Williams’ Valtteri Bottas did not complete a lap after driving over a pitlane drain cover which flicked up and punctured a hole in the car’s sidepod.
Report in progress…
European Grand Prix, Baku Street Circuit – Free Practice 3, Best Lap Times
|3||27||Nico Hulkenberg||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||1:45.540||+1.188s||18|
|4||3||Daniel Ricciardo||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||1:45.620||+1.268s||13|
|6||11||Sergio Perez||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||1:45.735||+1.383s||17|
|7||33||Max Verstappen||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||1:45.901||+1.549s||14|
|8||22||Jenson Button||MCLAREN HONDA||1:45.954||+1.602s||17|
|9||26||Daniil Kvyat||TORO ROSSO FERRARI||1:45.981||+1.629s||19|
|11||14||Fernando Alonso||MCLAREN HONDA||1:46.131||+1.779s||16|
|12||55||Carlos Sainz||TORO ROSSO FERRARI||1:46.190||+1.838s||17|
|13||8||Romain Grosjean||HAAS FERRARI||1:46.361||+2.009s||21|
|14||19||Felipe Massa||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||1:46.510||+2.158s||20|
|15||21||Esteban Gutierrez||HAAS FERRARI||1:46.670||+2.318s||21|
|17||94||Pascal Wehrlein||MRT MERCEDES||1:47.100||+2.748s||19|
|19||9||Marcus Ericsson||SAUBER FERRARI||1:47.328||+2.976s||14|
|20||12||Felipe Nasr||SAUBER FERRARI||1:47.379||+3.027s||18|
|21||88||Rio Haryanto||MRT MERCEDES||1:47.556||+3.204s||18|
|22||77||Valtteri Bottas||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||1|