Lewis Hamilton has completed a clean sweep of the practice sessions for this weekend’s United States Grand Prix after edging out Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg once again in FP3 on Saturday morning.
The British driver posted a fastest lap time of 1:37.107 to finish 0.8 seconds ahead of Rosberg in second place as he looks to secure a fifth straight win in Austin this weekend and extend his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship.
The final practice session at the Circuit of The Americas on Saturday saw drivers split their running between long-run race simulations and low-fuel qualifying runs, and yet again, the Mercedes drivers were the class of the field.
In FP2 on Friday, just 0.003 seconds had separated the championship protagonists, but Hamilton enjoyed a slightly bigger advantage in FP3 after Rosberg struggled with a brake disc problem, forcing Mercedes to make a change on his car.
When the German driver eventually posted a fast lap time, he was some eight-tenths of a second down on his teammate, with Felipe Massa of Williams a further three-tenths adrift in third place.
Valtteri Bottas and Fernando Alonso both enjoyed brief spell at the top of the timesheets in FP3, only to eventually finish up in fourth and fifth place respectively. Daniel Ricciardo bounced back from a difficult Friday to finish sixth ahead of Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Adrian Sutil, with the latter’s result certainly coming as a surprise. Kimi Raikkonen and Jenson Button rounded out the top ten.
Qualifying begins at 2p ET today, and you can watch the entire session live on NBC with a re-air of FP3 starting at 1p.