Russian GP | Hamilton edges Rosberg in FP3

With the fastest time over the line, Lewis Hamilton tops the FP3 timesheet at the Russian Grand Prix.

As the supersofts allowed for multiple flying laps, Lewis Hamilton took the flag with the fastest time. Slim margins however separated the Silver Arrows, with sector three not handing Hamilton the advantage. 

From the early stages of the final practice session at the Russian Grand Prix, the lead at the top swapped hands multiple times. With Ricciardo edging away from Perez and Sainz.

But following a brief spell of the virtual safety car as Perez sat next to the wall, Hamilton came out flying to move fastest overall. Lewis’ lap saw the Briton set the best first and second sectors of the session thus far, while Daniil Kvyat held the best final sector time despite being 2-tenths off his team-mate, and 8-tenths off Hamilton.

Two purple sector times however failed to keep the top time in Hamilton’s grasp as Rosberg moved 5-tenths clear despite running very wide at the final corner. Nico also had found himself running deep at turn 13 a handful of laps before, following a slight lock up at the same place Perez had run deep. Unlike Sergio however, Nico reversed away from the wall where the Mexican had attempted to turn around slowly without the space to do so.

The lead of the session would swap hands again before the end of the session, with Rosberg improving before Hamilton took the edge. On multiple laps, Hamilton found himself finding time through the first two sectors before loosing out in the final zone. Rosberg meanwhile had lowered the benchmark to keep P1 in his side of the garage.

A last-minute lap from Hamilton however meant he topped the session at the flag. Lewis’ best time of the day saw just a 0.068 second gap separate the pair, with better first and second sectors than the current championship leader.

After missing out on FP2, Vettel spent most of the final practice session looking towards the race – where he will take a 5-place grid penalty for a gearbox change. Come the final 15 minutes though, Vettel came out pushing. With his first flyer moving him into fifth place, 8-tenths down on Nico however. Both Williams however sat ahead, although later laps from the Italian outfit moved both Seb and Kimi ahead.

Pos Driver Time
1 Lewis Hamilton 1:36.403
2 Nico Rosberg 1:36.471
3 Sebastian Vettel 1:37.007
4 Kimi Raikkonen 1:37.727
5 Felipe Massa 1:37.918
6 Valtteri Bottas 1:37.985
7 Max Verstappen 1:38.133
8 Jenson Button 1:38.260
9 Carlos Sainz Jr. 1:38.465
10 Sergio Perez 1:38.542
11 Daniel Ricciardo 1:38.622
12 Fernando Alonso 1:38.633
13 Daniil Kvyat 1:39.047
14 Nico Hulkenberg 1:39.162
15 Esteban Gutierrez 1:39.230
16 Kevin Magnussen 1:39.238
17 Romain Grosjean 1:39.239
18 Jolyon Palmer 1:39.589
19 Rio Haryanto 1:39.599
20 Pascal Wehrlein 1:39.663
21 Marcus Ericsson 1:39.740
22 Felipe Nasr 1:39.898