F1-EL3: Hamilton ahead of Vettel in Italy

At the end of a session fought in dry conditions, Lewis Hamilton set the best time and is ahead of Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari.

Published on 05/09/2015 à 12:16

Pierre Tassel

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F1-EL3: Hamilton ahead of Vettel in Italy

The rain had invited itself to the party in Italy before this third and final free practice session on the track of Monza. Although the sky was clement upon passing the green light, the drivers nevertheless mounted the intermediate tires to start the day.

The times finally fell as the session progressed, while the drivers were able to put on slicks again. Like yesterday, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) dominated the proceedings, with a best time established in 1'24 "544, but saw the Ferrari de Sebastian Vettel to climb into second position, 264 thousandths behind his W06 Hybrid.

Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) finishes in the wake of the four-time world champion and precedes both Williams de Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa who are returning to qualifying as usual. Pastor Maldonado (Lotus) ranks sixth ahead of Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari), Sergio Pérez (Force India), Marcus Ericsson (Sauber) and Romain Grosjean (Lotus) which completes the top 10.

Single-seaters equipped with the Power Unit Renault, who will all receive penalty places on the starting grid, bring up the rear with notably Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) who stopped his RB11 at the second chicane of the Lombard route during this last session.

Qualifying will begin at 14 p.m. and will be followed live on our website.

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