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F1 British Grand Prix: Vettel tops wet FP3 at Silverstone

Sebastian Vettel was fastest during a wet final practice session for the British Grand Prix as neither Mercedes driver set a time
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Sebastian Vettel was fastest during a wet final practice session for the British Grand Prix as neither Mercedes driver set a time.

Both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg remained in the pits for the majority of the session - completing just nine laps between them - as Mercedes opted to save tyres with qualifying likely to take place in wet conditions.

Vettel set a best time of 1:52.522 to edge out team-mate Daniel Ricciardo by just over 0.1s. Renault-powered cars filled the first four places with Pastor Maldonado third ahead of his Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean.

Adrian Sutil was fifth for Sauber ahead of Daniil Kvyat who was the most productive driver completing 15 laps as light rain throughout ensured conditions remained tough.

The two McLarens of Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button were seventh and eighth respectively ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen, with Raikkonen's team-mate Fernando Alonso also opting against setting a time.

The lack of running was understandable in the tricky conditions, with intermediate tyres the favoured choice but Vettel hitting some standing water at Maggotts and running off on to the grass, while Grosjean spun out of the final corner but kept the car out of the wall on the inside of the track.

Jules Bianchi was less fortunate when he ran off, understeering wide at Stowe and wiping the front wing off his Marussia. Sutil had done similar a few moments earlier but managed to keep the car out of the wall and rejoin without damage.

While most drivers went out to at least get a feel for the conditions ahead of qualifying, Max Chilton completed just one lap as he was hampered by a gearbox issue down at Marussia.



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richard

July 05, 2014 3:12 PM

bob. i would not call it luck. i would call it good driving. fastest in fp 3 and then second fastest in q3. and did you see his lap in q3? he was trying! the car was all over the place yet he still managed a phenomenal time. to me that is just SKILL



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