Hamilton leads final Baku practice session

By on Saturday, June 18, 2016
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton continued his form by clocking the quickest time during the final practice session for the European Grand Prix.

Hamilton moved to the top of the standings with a late lap of 1:44.352 on the Super Soft tyres, beating Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by 0.258s.

Force India continued its strong pace with Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Pérez third and sixth, though the Mexican crashed out during the closing stages.

Pérez slewed wide exiting Turn 15 and clouted the wall, causing damage to the right rear of his VJM09 and leaving Force India with a repair job prior to qualifying.

The Force India drivers were split by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Max Verstappen was seventh for Toro Rosso, as Jenson Button, Daniil Kvyat and Kimi Räikkönen completed the top 10, the Finn briefly hindered by an engine problem.

Fernando Alonso was 11th, ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr., Romain Grosjean and Felipe Massa, who escaped a light brush with the wall at Turn 15.

Esteban Gutiérrez was 15th while Pascal Wehrlein split Renault duo Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer, with Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr and Manor’s Rio Haryanto completing the runners.

Williams’ Valtteri Bottas was unable to record a lap time after a loose drain cover in the pit lane damaged the sidepod of his FW38.

Bottas was returning to the pit lane after an installation lap when he struck the loose cover and Williams was unable to repair the damage to his car prior to the end of the session.

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