Rosberg fastest in interrupted final session

By on Saturday, June 6, 2015
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg set the quickest time during the final practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix, which was interrupted by two red flags periods.

Rosberg posted a time of 1:15.660 to end 0.573s clear of Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen, while World Champion Lewis Hamilton finished at the foot of the times.

Hamilton had gone wide on his first hot lap on Option tyres before McLaren’s Jenson Button stopped at Turn 6 with seven minutes remaining, bringing out the red flags for a second time and ending the session prematurely.

The first 10 minute stoppage was caused by Sauber’s Felipe Nasr, who crashed on the back straight while warming up his tyres.

Nasr, whose DRS was open, slewed across the circuit before striking the wall halfway along the straight, causing significant front end damage to his Sauber.

Romain Grosjean was third fastest for Lotus, ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Pérez.

Daniil Kvyat was the quickest non-Mercedes powered driver in sixth position, ahead of Felipe Massa and Sebastian Vettel.

Carlos Sainz Jr. and Pastor Maldonado rounded out the top 10, closely followed by Sauber's Marcus Ericsson.

Nico Hulkenberg was 12th while Daniel Ricciardo's difficult weekend continued as he twice ran wide at the first corner on his way to the 13th best time.

Nasr and Button were 14th and 15th despite their woes while 16th went to Max Verstappen, who is set to start at the back of the grid due to a 10 place engine change drop to add to his sanction from Monaco.

Will Stevens was 17th quickest while McLaren’s difficult session was compounded by an engine change earlier this morning for Fernando Alonso, which restricted the Spaniard to just three laps.

Roberto Merhi and the aforementioned Hamilton propped up the time sheets.

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