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F1 German Grand Prix: Rosberg dominant in final practice

Nico Rosberg was comfortably fastest during final practice for the German Grand Prix as he beat the chasing pack by 0.6s
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Nico Rosberg was comfortably fastest during final practice for the German Grand Prix as he beat the chasing pack by 0.6s.

Even Lewis Hamilton had no answer to his team-mate during the supersoft tyre runs, with Rosberg's time of 1:17.779 leaving him well clear of the second Mercedes. Hamilton posted a 1:18.380 on his first flying lap on supersofts but couldn't improve on a second attempt and ended the session ust 0.004s clear of Fernando Alonso.

The field was more closely matched behind Rosberg, with Hamilton in second down to Vettel in ninth cover by half a second, but the championship leader's time suggests Mercedes has lost none of its advantage despite joining the rest of the field in taking its interconnected suspension system off its car this weekend. However, Mercedes did complete the most laps of all the teams during the session as it focused on set-up having struggled slightly on Friday.

Felipe Massa was fourth and Valtteri Bottas fifth as both Williams cars showed strong pace, but there appears little chance of a repeat of its performance in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix with Rosberg so far clear.

Sixth was Kevin Magnussen for McLaren – continuing the team's encouraging one-lap pace this weekend – ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Hulkenberg.

Ferrari didn't enjoy the smoothest session as Raikkonen was hampered by fuel system issues. Having rectified the problem and got Raikkonen back out on track, the team then cut his session short in order to be able to change parts around the fuel pump in order to avoid a repeat during qualifying this afternoon.

Alonso also had a spin at Turn 8 having locked up under braking as the cars continued to be tricky to drive in the absence of the FRIC suspension systems, with numerous other drivers locking up and running wide at Turn 2.

Adrian Sutil completed six laps before being halted by what Sauber described as a “problem with the hybrid system”. Caterham had another tough session as Marcus Ericsson was forced to end his running early following a hydraulics issue, while Max Chilton was the only driver slower than Ericsson as an electronics problem limited him to just seven laps in total.

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