Hamilton closes out British GP practice fastest

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Lewis Hamilton closed out practice for the British Grand Prix as the fastest driver after topping the timesheets on Saturday morning at Silverstone.

The Briton posted a fastest lap of 1:32.917 in the final stages of FP3 to give himself an advantage of six-tenths of a second over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in second place.

Rosberg was sidelined for most of the second half of the session by another gearbox problem, having already missed some running during first practice on Friday due to a similar issue.

However, he was able to head back out on track in the final three minutes of the session, posting a lap time good enough for second place, albeit half a second down on Hamilton at the front.

It was Ferrari who once again emerged as Mercedes’ closest challenger in FP3 as Raikkonen and teammate Sebastian Vettel finished third and fourth respectively.

Toro Rosso’s impressive practice pace continued as Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr slotted into fifth and sixth place, suggesting that the Red Bull B-team could be poised to upset its big brother outfit at Silverstone this weekend.

Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas finished seventh and eighth respectively for Williams, whilst Daniil Kvyat and Pastor Maldonado rounded out the top ten.

After losing out to Rosberg on Friday, Hamilton appears to have finally found his rhythm at Silverstone ahead of qualifying, and appears to now be the favorite for pole position.

Qualifying for the British Grand Prix is live on CNBC from 8am ET on Saturday.