Rosberg completes practice sweep ahead of German GP qualifying

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Nico Rosberg completed a clean sweep of practice sessions for the German Grand Prix by topping FP3 ahead Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton at Hockenheim.

Rosberg headed up a Mercedes one-two in FP1 and FP2 on Friday, and although the gap to Hamilton was reduced to just 0.057 seconds on Saturday morning, it was enough to give the German a hat-trick of practices at his home grand prix.

Rosberg and Hamilton exchanged fastest times through the middle of the session, with Rosberg dropping a lap of 1:15.738 to take P1 away.

Mercedes opted not to send Rosberg out late in FP3 for a qualifying simulation, while Hamilton completed two exploratory laps before coming in again.

As a result, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was able to close to within one-tenth of Rosberg thanks to his quick run on the super-soft tire, finishing third ahead of the Ferrari duo of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel returned to the pits at the end of the session with a broken front wing after running wide and hitting the curb at Turn 10, leaving Ferrari with a small repair job to complete ahead of qualifying.

Max Verstappen finished FP3 sixth for Red Bull, followed by Williams’ Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa in P7 and P8 respectively. Fernando Alonso was ninth for McLaren, while Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the top 10 for Force India.

Romain Grosjean’s session came to an early end after Haas had to change the gearbox on his car, leaving the Frenchman at the foot of the timesheets behind the Manor pair of Rio Haryanto and Pascal Wehrlein.

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