Hamilton completes home practice hat-trick at Silverstone


Lewis Hamilton completed a clean sweep of practice sessions ahead of qualifying for the British Grand Prix after edging out Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in FP3 on Saturday morning.

Light rain in the lead up to the start of FP3 prompted drivers to head out on the intermediate and wet tires initially, but the track soon dried up to permit slick running.

Force India drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez were the first to make the switch, but it was Rosberg who set the pace on the soft tire, going three-tenths of a second faster than teammate Lewis Hamilton had on Friday.

However, Hamilton managed to dig deep, finding more time in the final sector to go seven-hundredths of a second quicker and wrestle away P1.

The session was red flagged with 20 minutes remaining after Marcus Ericsson crashed in the final sector. After running wide at the exit of Stowe, Ericsson spun across the track and into the tire wall at high speed, leaving his Sauber car with severe damage and even causing his steering wheel to break away.

Thankfully, Ericsson walked away unharmed, but the marshals were left to conduct a sizeable clean-up at the crash site. The session eventually got back underway with five minutes remaining, prompting a flurry of activity on-track as drivers completed their final qualifying simulations.

Hamilton and Rosberg both found more time with their final laps in FP3, but the status quo remained the same. Rosberg crossed the line first, going two-tenths faster than Hamilton, only for the home favorite to hit back and find another 0.063 seconds to take P1.

Daniel Ricciardo finished third for Red Bull, half a second behind Hamilton, while teammate Max Verstappen followed in fourth place.

Ferrari endured a tough session as Sebastian Vettel finished fifth-fastest, 1.1 seconds off Hamilton, and reported that his gearbox had failed, leaving the team with a quick turnaround to get the German ready for qualifying. Teammate Kimi Raikkonen finished down in ninth place.

Valtteri Bottas finished sixth for Williams ahead of Fernando Alonso and Nico Hulkenberg, while Carlos Sainz Jr. rounded out the top 10 behind Raikkonen.

Qualifying for the British Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app from 8am ET on Saturday.