Hamilton topped the time sheets for the third and final free practice session at the Canadian Grand Prix. Felipe Massa ended the session in second place, splitting the Mercedes duo after a faster time on his supersoft tyres.
Hamilton and Rosberg ended the session in the top three of the session with times set earlier on in the session whilst on the soft, prime compound of tyres compared to the rest of the field, who finished the session and who’s fastest laps came on the option, supersoft tyres.
Quarter of the way through the hour-long session Gutierrez span out at turn three. After a heavy impact on the rear-left of his car he was stuck against the wall and out of the session. Also bringing out the red flag. After the impact the rear-left suspension appeared to be damaged. It could still be worse for Mexican later today, as if he has suffered any issues with his gearbox and requires a change he will be forced into taking a 5-place grid penalty. Hampering his chances of getting a good starting position for the race tomorrow. But first he will have to get out of Q1, the session that has taken a Sauber out of qualifying t every race so far in 2014.
Other cars were pushing hard to get ready for qualifying and the race. Following on from Gutierrez’s session ending crash it was the turn of Magnussen to get the fans cheering for a car leaving the track. Pushing hard into turn 1 resulted in K-Mag failing to slow down in time and spinning around turn 2. He was able to stop the car before he got close to the barrier and was soon back on his way. Turn eight continued to catch some drivers out, with Marcus Ericsson and Sergio Perez spinning over the run off. This duo of spins came after the pair drifted slightly to far to the track’s edge under breaking and clipping the grass.
When the Mercedes duo started setting their fastest times on the soft tyres it was Nico who took the early blood, piping Hamilton into second by just 0.058s. Hamilton potentially would have been faster but a poor exit on the final corner forced the Brit to run wide and loose a small But Hamilton was back on his top perch after going quickest with a 1:15.610. Moving half a second clear of Rosberg. For the rest of the field it was a constant change for who was the best of the rest with drivers up and down the field playing leapfrog in regards to their fastest times but at the end of the session it was Felipe Massa, in second place, who was the best of the rest, just under half a second behind Lewis Hamilton.
So now as we look ahead to qualification for the Canadian Grand Prix later today it looks very likely we will see another Mercedes on pole. But will they be able to get the best of the supersoft tyres to secure the race win tomorrow? Pole position isn’t always vital at the Canadian Grand Prix so if the Mercedes pair begin to struggle with their tyres, this could be the best chance of the season so far for someone else to nip in a get the win.
|5||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:16.504||0.894||15|
|10||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:16.884||1.274||15|
|11||27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||1:16.944||1.334||17|
|14||11||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||1:17.188||1.578||19|