Hamilton stays on top in third session

By on Saturday, November 1, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton continued his domination of the United States Grand Prix weekend as he set the fastest time in the third practice session at the Circuit of the Americas.

Hamilton’s time of 1:37.107 was eight-tenths of a second faster than Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, who suffered from a glazed brake earlier in the session. Hamilton also had a few minor issues as he spun under braking for Turn 12 towards the end of his run on Prime tyres.

Williams endured a promising hour as Felipe Massa was third fastest, albeit a second behind Hamilton, with Valtteri Bottas close behind in fourth.

Fernando Alonso suffered a couple of lurid moments on his first hot lap but recovered to post the fifth best time, ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Force India runner Nico Hülkenberg.

Adrian Sutil enjoyed one of his most competitive outings of the year as he went eighth for Sauber, while Kimi Räikkönen and Jenson Button rounded out the top 10.

Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel was 18th quickest after opting against a low-fuel run as he will start Sunday’s race from the pit lane due to a Power Unit change.

PositionNumberDriverTeamTimeGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:37.10713
26Nico RosbergMercedes1:37.9900.88315
319Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1:38.2141.10719
477Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1:38.4371.33020
514Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:38.7271.62013
63Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault1:38.9271.82016
727Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:38.9601.85320
899Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1:39.0001.89322
97Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:39.1432.03617
1022Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:39.2412.13422
1120Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1:39.3352.22819
1213Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault1:39.4482.34118
138Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:39.5612.45421
1411Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1:39.5822.47521
1526Daniil KvyatSTR-Renault1:39.6882.58119
1621Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1:40.2083.10122
1725Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Renault1:41.4434.33612
181Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:43.7656.65825

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