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Free Practice 3 results - German Grand Prix 2016 - Red Bull best of the rest in final practice as Rosberg hits the top again

Red Bull best of the rest in final practice as Rosberg hits the top again
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Three sessions in a row for Rosberg, as the German led the way in final practice at his home race. Hamilton closed the gap to within five hundredths of a second, however, and Daniel Ricciardo wasn’t much further behind in third place. In fact the top eight drivers were split by less than a second, as the competition starts to heat up.

Mercedes were briefly investigated for a moment where Hamilton was released from his pit box into the path of Romain Grosjean, but the Haas driver was having problems of his own. Once again, he was struggling with mechanical problems – he spun out on track and then had a gearbox problem which meant he only had time for four laps. Despite plenty of warnings, drivers were still struggling to stay inside the track limits at turn one.

1Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:15.73816
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:15.79519
3Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing1:15.83713
4Kimi RäikkönenScuderia Ferrari1:15.90216
5Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1:16.10420
6Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing1:16.18223
7Valtteri BottasWilliams Martini Racing1:16.40028
8Felipe MassaWilliams Martini Racing1:16.63026
9Fernando AlonsoMcLaren Honda1:16.91611
10Nico HülkenbergSahara Force India F1 Team1:16.97216
11Carlos Sainz JrScuderia Toro Rosso1:17.02820
12Sergio PérezSahara Force India F1 Team1:17.06610
13Esteban GutiérrezHaas F1 Team1:17.16017
14Daniil KvyatScuderia Toro Rosso1:17.22719
15Kevin MagnussenRenault Sport F1 Team1:17.3519
16Jolyon PalmerRenault Sport F1 Team1:17.47323
17Marcus EricssonSauber F1 Team1:17.68519
18Felipe NasrSauber F1 Team1:18.05724
19Jenson ButtonMcLaren Honda1:18.0936
20Pascal WehrleinManor Racing MRT1:18.27024
21Rio HaryantoManor Racing MRT1:18.27218
22Romain GrosjeanHaas F1 Team1:25.1604