Ferrari tied with Mercedes as rain hits Silverstone in FP3

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F1 Grand Prix, GP United Kingdom, Silverstone Circuitgb

Lewis Hamilton emerged fastest out of the third and final free practice session, only narrowly edging out Sebastian Vettel and yesterday's fastest man, Valtteri Bottas. As rain arrived around 40 minutes into the session, all top times were set before that moment, and only little running was done in the final 15 minutes.

While Raikkonen was a logical fourth to underline the proximity of Ferrari to Mercedes, Nico Hulkenberg surprised to go fifth fastest in his Renault, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, who for the first time this weekend managed to be fastest than Max Verstappen.

the latter was 8th, slower then Romain Grosjean but ahead of Felipe Massa and both McLaren Honda's.

The session heated up with Hamilton finally setting the benchmark on the super softs, topping Bottas by 0.074 second. It was just moments later when Vettel jumped in between them, likely thanking part of his progress to a new Ferrari power unit which the Scuderia has brought to Silverstone.

When the rain arrived 20 minutes ahead of the end of the session, it was a late chance to finally try the Pirelli intermediates out on track. Not many were eager, with Vandoorne the only one to quickly go out and get a feel for the wet conditions. When later on he was joined by several others, Daniel Ricciardo and Marcus Ericsson spun at Club.

Results

Pos.No.DriverCarTimeGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:28.063-18
25Sebastian VettelFerrari1:28.095+0.032s14
377Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:28.137+0.074s20
47Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:28.732+0.669s15
527Nico HulkenbergRenault1:29.480+1.417s14
63Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing TAG Heuer1:29.612+1.549s15
78Romain GrosjeanHaas Ferrari1:29.819+1.756s14
833Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing TAG Heuer1:29.904+1.841s13
919Felipe MassaWilliams Mercedes1:29.959+1.896s19
102Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren Honda1:30.088+2.025s19
1114Fernando AlonsoMcLaren Honda1:30.138+2.075s17
1231Esteban OconForce India Mercedes1:30.172+2.109s19
1320Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:30.270+2.207s15
1430Jolyon PalmerRenault1:30.302+2.239s16
1511Sergio PerezForce India Mercedes1:30.416+2.353s16
1626Daniil KvyatToro Rosso1:30.504+2.441s20
1755Carlos SainzToro Rosso1:30.515+2.452s19
1894Pascal WehrleinSauber Ferrari1:30.621+2.558s24
199Marcus EricssonSauber Ferrari1:30.630+2.567s24
2018Lance StrollWilliams Mercedes1:31.358+3.295s18