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Nico Rosberg set the fastest time of final practice for the Japanese Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton crashed at Suzuka.
Hamilton was starting his flying lap on option tyres when he ran wide at the high speed Turn 1, locking up and bouncing through the gravel to damage the front left corner of the car in the tyre barrier. It's a setback for Hamilton ahead of what could be a crucial qualifying session, with heavy rain forecast on Sunday which could disrupt the race.
Rosberg continued the impressive Mercedes form by setting the fastest time, almost a second clear of Hamilton who was only able to register a lap on hard tyres. Hamilton was still second fastest though – demonstrating the Mercedes' advantage – ahead of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, with the Williams driver making progress after a difficult Friday.
Valtteri Bottas was fifth fastest ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, Kevin Magnussen, Jean-Eric Vergne and newly-announced Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat.
Kvyat was informed of his promotion ahead of FP3 after Red Bull confirmed Sebastian Vettel would be leaving the team. Vettel himself endured a difficult session, completing just six laps before a power unit issue ended his running prematurely.
Vettel's next destination – Ferrari – also had a tough hour as Kimi Raikkonen was only able to manage five laps before his session was ended as the team opted to change his power unit “as a precaution”.
There were a number of off-track incidents, with both Saubers having issues approaching the chicane – Esteban Gutierrez running through the gravel on the inside of the track having lost control at 130R – and the two Lotus drivers following Hamilton wide at Turn 1 but managing to rejoin without damage.