Rosberg fastest in disjointed final Canadian GP practice

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Nico Rosberg finished fastest in the third and final practice for the Canadian Grand Prix as two red flags left many of the teams without a complete programme of running ahead of qualifying later today.

The Mercedes driver recorded the fastest lap time of the race weekend so far with a 1:15.660 towards the end of FP3, giving him an advantage of half a second over Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen in second place.

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton propped up the timesheets down in 20th place after failing to complete a representative quick lap, with both of his fast runs being interrupted by a red flag period.

Mercedes opted to wait for conditions to warm up before sending its drivers out, with Hamilton bailing on his fast run after locking up at the hairpin and going off track.

The session was then interrupted when Felipe Nasr smashed into the wall on the Casino Straight after weaving in a bid to keep his tires warm. The Brazilian was taken to the medical centre after the incident whilst the marshals cleared up the debris on track.

With 11 minutes remaining, the session restarted and most of the teams opted to head out on the super-soft tire to put in a final quick run ahead of qualifying. Rosberg and Raikkonen exchanged fastest laps, but the red flag was soon out again after Jenson Button’s McLaren stopped on track.

The red flag remained until the end of the session, leaving Rosberg in top spot ahead of Raikkonen and Lotus driver Romain Grosjean. Valtteri Bottas finished fourth for Williams, whilst Sergio Perez’s good form in Montreal as he finished fifth.

Daniil Kvyat came sixth for Red Bull, and was followed by Felipe Massa and Sebastian Vettel. Carlos Sainz Jr and Pastor Maldonado rounded out the top ten.

With none of the teams getting in a full programme of practice running, there is still plenty to play for in qualifying later today live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 1pm ET.