Sebastian Vettel has finished quickest in final practice for the British Grand Prix as wet weather limited running on Saturday morning at Silverstone.
After two dry practice sessions on Friday, the teams undertook their first wet weather running since Monaco today with rain falling since 8pm last night. The track did begin to dry out at one point, but conditions soon worsened again, meaning that drivers had to use the intermediate and wet tires throughout the session.
Vettel was able to finish fastest with a lap of 1:52.522 – almost 20 seconds off the dry weather time – ahead of Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo. Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean put in a good display for Lotus in third and fourth place, finishing ahead of Adrian Sutil and Daniil Kvyat.
The wet track did catch out a number of drivers, with the most notable being Jules Bianchi. The Frenchman ran straight on at the end of the Hangar Straight, with his Marussia coming to rest in the wall. He walked away unharmed, and the damage to the front of the car did not look too severe.
Grosjean had a very risky moment on the start/finish straight, spinning his Lotus and narrowly missing the wall. Nico Hulkenberg, Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez also had moments.
The all-dominant Mercedes drivers opted not to post a time during the session. Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg completed just nine laps in total, and they will keep their cards close to their chest until qualifying this afternoon.
With little to go by during FP3, it is hard to make any assumptions about qualifying should it rain. The only way to find out who really is number one in the wet will be to join us at 8am ET on CNBC, Live Extra and online by clicking here.
ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).
“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.
“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”
For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.
“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.
“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”
Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.
“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.