Lewis Hamilton sets the pace at the Italian Grand Prix in FP3.
Hamilton sets flying laps to break clear of the field in final free practice. Nico Rosberg had created a buffer of his own with the fastest lap of the weekend so far, but Lewis rocketed four-tenths clear.
When the final free practice session was in its infant stages, Romain Grosjean set the pace and put his Haas atop the leaderboard. But Romain’s hour would only last 12 minutes as he lost control through the Ascari chicane, bedding into the gravel trap and activating a Virtual Safety Car for it to be recovered.
Once clear, the front runners returned to Monza with Red Bull now setting the pace through Ricciardo. Daniel’s time on the supersofts enough to demote Verstappen on the softs, as Max garnered the attention of Rosberg.
Going into the weekend, Ferrari’s frustrations were still boiling over from Belgium – where Verstappen’s aggressive driving caused multiple on-track incidents with Raikkonen.
Now in FP3, Verstappen opted for a slow line through the second chicane as Rosberg approached. Leading to Nico to complain over the radio; “What on Earth was that?”
The Mercedes duo had already moved ahead of the ‘Bulls on the timesheet, with Hamilton edging Rosberg thanks to a 1:22.856. But the time lost behind Verstappen cost Rosberg second place, with Vettel slotting into second.
Supersoft tyres later into the session, however, handed the top two slots back to Mercedes – with Rosberg going top after the best lap of the weekend so far. Hamilton’s reply, though, shot the Birton into P1 by four-tenths of a second and over a second up on Vettel.
The Ferrari’s reply to Hamilton’s pace showed qualifying should be a two-horse fight for pole. With Vettel only just able to break within a second of Hamilton’s pace.
Red Bull ended the hour a further seven-tenths back in seventh and eighth, with Williams snatching fifth and sixth.
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