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Free Practice 3 results - Japanese Grand Prix 2016 - Rosberg leads third practice session in a row

Carlos Sainz only manages three laps in final practice
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It was Rosberg on top for the third practice session in a row, as he posted the fastest time in the final hour of practice before qualifying. Daniel Ricciardo was in second place, three tenths of a second down on the leader, as Lewis Hamilton dropped down the order after failing to get a qualifying style flying lap completed.

The track was damp as the session got underway after earlier rain, so it was intermediate tyres on the cars initially, with slicks following soon after. Haas continued to have problems, with both drivers running wide off track at various locations. Carlos Sainz also struggled, finishing last on the timesheets after just three laps.

1Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:32.09214
2Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing1:32.39410
3Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1:32.73113
4Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing1:32.7849
5Kimi RäikkönenScuderia Ferrari1:33.01112
6Felipe MassaWilliams Martini Racing1:33.27113
7Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:33.28412
8Jolyon PalmerRenault Sport F1 Team1:33.63913
9Kevin MagnussenRenault Sport F1 Team1:33.63910
10Nico HülkenbergSahara Force India F1 Team1:33.64611
11Fernando AlonsoMcLaren Honda1:33.71412
12Esteban GutiérrezHaas F1 Team1:33.78716
13Valtteri BottasWilliams Martini Racing1:33.8659
14Sergio PérezSahara Force India F1 Team1:33.92111
15Daniil KvyatScuderia Toro Rosso1:34.03712
16Romain GrosjeanHaas F1 Team1:34.27213
17Felipe NasrSauber F1 Team1:34.38812
18Marcus EricssonSauber F1 Team1:34.54413
19Jenson ButtonMcLaren Honda1:34.54811
20Esteban OconManor Racing MRT1:35.23013
21Pascal WehrleinManor Racing MRT1:37.25610
22Carlos Sainz JrScuderia Toro Rosso1:56.3233