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Free Practice 3 results - Chinese Grand Prix 2016 // Vettel tops the times in a wet final hour of practice

Jolyon Palmer picks up a puncture in final practice
Credit: Renault Sport Formula One Team

Rain ahead of the final running meant it was a quiet start to the session, and some drivers opted for only installation laps rather than going full out to set fast lap times. Sebastian Vettel was the top of the timesheets, with Williams and Force India behind, but it wasn't smooth sailing for all.

Jolyon Palmer picked up a puncture and found the conditions difficult. Marcus Ericsson couldn't complete more than an installation lap right at the end of the session as his Sauber had a technical issue. Seven other drivers didn't set lap times, with McLaren, Red Bull and Mercedes all opting to remain in the garage.

PositionDriverTeamTimeLaps
1Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1:57.3513
2Valtteri BottasWilliams Martini Racing1:58.0617
3Sergio PérezSahara Force India F1 Team1:58.6894
4Carlos Sainz JrScuderia Toro Rosso1:58.8009
6Jolyon PalmerRenault Sport F1 Team1:59.6777
7Kevin MagnussenRenault Sport F1 Team1:59.7619
8Pascal WehrleinManor Racing MRT1:59.9648
9Max VerstappenScuderia Toro Rosso2:00.1506
10Nico HülkenbergSahara Force India F1 Team2:00.1584
11Felipe NasrSauber F1 Team2:00.1978
12Kimi RäikkönenScuderia Ferrari2:00.8125
13Felipe MassaWilliams Martini Racing2:02.4384
14Rio HaryantoManor Racing MRT2:02.7325
15Jenson ButtonMcLaren HondaNo time3
16Fernando AlonsoMcLaren HondaNo time3
17Romain GrosjeanHaas F1 TeamNo time4
18Daniil KvyatRed Bull RacingNo time4
19Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 TeamNo time2
20Daniel RicciardoRed Bull RacingNo time3
21Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 TeamNo time2
22Marcus EricssonSauber F1 TeamNo time1