Hamilton completes practice clean sweep at Monza

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Lewis Hamilton completed a clean sweep of practice sessions on Saturday morning at Monza by topping the timesheets in FP3 ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

After finishing quickest in FP1 and FP2 on Friday, Hamilton managed to lead the way once again in the final free practice session ahead of qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix on Saturday afternoon.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms overnight left the track damp for the beginning of the session, forcing the drivers to head out on the intermediate tire early on.

Conditions did improve towards the end of FP3, allowing the drivers to head out on the dry compound tires and give some signs of their one lap pace ahead of qualifying later today.

Due to the drying track and increasing levels of grip, the fastest times came at the very end of the session, and it was Mercedes who led the way once again.

Hamilton posted a fastest lap time of 1:24.544 late on to beat Vettel by two-tenths of a second. Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg finished narrowly behind in third place.

Williams enjoyed a solid final practice session on Saturday morning as Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Lotus also ran well thanks to the grunt of its Mercedes engines. Pastor Maldonado finished sixth overall thanks to a quick late lap, whilst teammate Romain Grosjean was P10. Kimi Raikkonen, Sergio Perez and Marcus Ericsson split the Lotus drivers, filling out seventh to ninth.

It proved to be another difficult session for Red Bull as Daniel Ricciardo was forced to stop on track with a suspected gearbox problem. The Australian propped up the timesheets in 20th place whilst teammate Daniil Kvyat was also sidelined by a problem late on.

McLaren fared better than it had done on Friday, but still failed to bother the top ten. Fernando Alonso was P13 ahead of teammate Jenson Button, who was left lamenting an issue on his car that caused it to pull to the left under braking.

Qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8am ET on Saturday.

WATCH LIVE: IndyCar Carb Day coverage on NBCSN

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It’s Carb Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. And that means hours of coverage for IndyCar fans, just days away from the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500.

Coverage on NBCSN will include the Indy Lights Firestone 100 at 1 p.m. ET, a live edition of NASCAR America from Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 3:30 p.m. ET with Krista Voda, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Steve Letarte, A.J. Allmendinger and Marty Snider, and new Indy-centric episodes of Proving Grounds and Off The Grid. Jake Query will call the Indy Lights Firestone 100 alongside analyst Anders Krohn and pit reporter Katie Hargitt.

Click here to watch online or on the NBC Sports app.

All this leads up to Sunday’s race (11 am ET on NBC), but don’t forget about Saturday’s Indy 500 parade coverage, which you can watch on NBC Sports Gold.