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Free Practice 3 results - United States Grand Prix 2016 // Red Bull break Mercedes’ dominance with 1-2 finish

Red Bull break Mercedes’ dominance with 1-2 finish
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After Ricciardo split the Mercedes duo in second practice, Red Bull took the next step in the final practice session. Max Verstappen posted the fastest time, with Ricciardo making it a 1-2 for the team. However, neither Hamilton nor Rosberg completed the more traditional qualifying simulation runs meaning they ended up fourth and fifth on the timesheets. Rosberg opted to stop his lap midway through, whilst Hamilton was held up having only just made the cut to complete his lap.

Meanwhile, Carlos Sainz suffered two separate punctures one on each side of the rear of his Toro Rosso, whilst Pascal Wehrlein caused a red flag when his Manor became beached in the gravel. Despite multiple warnings from the team to switch the engine off, Pascal seemed determined to get going again, but eventually he had to admit defeat.

PositionDriverTeamTimeLaps
1Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing1:36.76616
2Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing1:37.03219
3Kimi RäikkönenScuderia Ferrari1:37.28415
4Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:37.48312
5Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:37.78410
6Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1:37.8948
7Nico HülkenbergSahara Force India F1 Team1:37.94817
8Valtteri BottasWilliams Martini Racing1:38.18816
9Jenson ButtonMcLaren Honda1:38.21214
10Fernando AlonsoMcLaren Honda1:38.45213
11Sergio PérezSahara Force India F1 Team1:38.51216
12Jolyon PalmerRenault Sport F1 Team1:38.52814
13Felipe MassaWilliams Martini Racing1:38.60715
14Daniil KvyatScuderia Toro Rosso1:38.69116
15Carlos Sainz JrScuderia Toro Rosso1:38.7106
16Esteban GutiérrezHaas F1 Team1:38.93913
17Romain GrosjeanHaas F1 Team1:39.09713
18Kevin MagnussenRenault Sport F1 Team1:39.10514
19Marcus EricssonSauber F1 Team1:39.23914
20Felipe NasrSauber F1 Team1:39.50914
21Esteban OconManor Racing MRT1:39.77119
22Pascal WehrleinManor Racing MRT1:41.4277