Mercedes returned to show his total authority by dominating the third free practice session in Baku with a large margin over their pursuers. Lewis Hamilton completed the triplet of P1 in the free when signing a 1:44.352, a time just a tenth slower than that obtained in the evening session on the Friday. Only his companion Nico Rosberg was able to go, less than three tenths.
once more, Force India moved like fish in the water in the circuit of the azeri and interspersed with the Ferrari and Red Bull. Nico Hülkenberg finished in a promising third position, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, while Sergio Perez was sixth, after Sebastian Vettel and whisking Max Verstappen.
In the last minute of the session, the mexican driver suffered a similar accident to that of Daniel Ricciardo in Free practice 1 yesterday. The pilot Force India he suffered oversteer in the exit of curve 15 and hit the barriers, causing considerable damage to the rear suspension right, and the only red flag. The other incident of the session occurred at the beginning of the same. Valtteri Bottas held up a small cap of sewer evil set located in the pit lane when passing above it. The Finnish driver suffered significant damage in the floor of his car and was unable to roll more in the whole batch.
The Spanish riders ended the day at the edge of the top 10. Fernando Alonso, with best sensations on the Friday, was eleventh, while Carlos Sainz could only be 12th. They were both beaten by their team-mates, so that McLaren and Toro Rosso have reason refuses to try to aspire to a Q3 even after Williams coming back in rating.
time Table Free 3 Grand Prix Europa
|1||Lewis Hamilton||44||Mercedes||01′ 44″352||0||17|
|2||Nico Rosberg||6||Mercedes||01′ 44″610||+0.258||22|
|3||Nico Hulkenberg||27||Force India||01′ 45″540||+1.188||18|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||3||Red Bull||01′ 45″620||+1.268||13|
|5||Sebastian Vettel||5||Ferrari||01′ 45″630||+1.278||20|
|6||Sergio Perez||11||Force India||01′ 45″735||+1.383||17|
|7||Max Verstappen||33||Red Bull||01′ 45″901||+1.549||14|
|8||Jenson Button||22||McLaren||01′ 45″954||+1.602||17|
|9||Daniil Kvyat||26||Toro Rosso||01′ 45″981||+1.629||19|
|10||Kimi Raikkonen||7||Ferrari||01′ 46″024||+1.672||16|
|11||Fernando Alonso||14||McLaren||01′ 46″131||+1.779||16|
|12||Carlos Sainz||55||Toro Rosso||01′ 46″190||+1.838||17|
|13||Romain Grosjean||8||Haas F1 Team||01′ 46″361||+2.009||21|
|14||Felipe Massa||19||Williams||01′ 46″510||+2.158||20|
|15||Esteban Gutiérrez||21||Haas F1 Team||01′ 46″670||+2.318||21|
|16||Kevin Magnussen||20||Renault||01′ 47″024||+2.672||16|
|17||Pascal Wehrlein||94||Manor F1||01′ 47″100||+2.748||19|
|18||Jolyon Palmer||30||Renault||01′ 47″158||+2.806||18|
|19||Marcus Ericsson||9||Sauber||01′ 47″328||+2.976||14|
|20||Felipe Nasr||12||Sauber||01′ 47″379||+3.027||18|
|21||Rio Haryanto||88||Manor F1||01′ 47″556||+3.204||18|
|22||Valtteri Bottas||77||Williams||No time||—||1|