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Nico Rosberg has topped third and final free practice for the Canadian Grand Prix after squeezing in his best lap between two ill-timed red flag periods, while Lewis Hamilton found himself bottom of the leaderboard after failing to complete a super-soft run.

A crash for Felipe Nasr and a mechanical stoppage for Jenson Button would ultimately limit super-soft runs to just a handful of minutes in the closing stages, with Hamilton the biggest loser after running off at turn one on what would become his sole attempt.

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The session was first stopped with just over 20 minutes remaining after Nasr suffered a bizarre crash on the back straight, the Brazilian losing control of his Sauber as he warmed his tyres up having seemingly been caught out by having the DRS open. Despite the vicious impact - and a narrow miss with the marshals access point -, Nasr was able to extricate himself from the car, though Sauber faces a task to repair it in time for qualifying.

With the session getting underway again with 10 minutes remaining, the drivers poured out onto track with the intention of putting in their super-soft runs in the closing minutes.

However, though Hamilton managed to get himself track position, he would straight line the first corner on his hot lap and bail to pit-lane just as a second red flag was deployed to clear the stricken McLaren of Button, which had come to a halt at turn seven.

With the session failing to restart before the chequered flag was dropped, those who failed to get in a good lap during that short green flag window - particularly Hamilton - would subsequently find themselves down the order.

Rosberg, on the other hand, was one of the lucky few to make the most of his super-soft tyres, setting a 1min 15.660secs lap, half a second faster than Kimi Raikkonen, while Romain Grosjean was more than a second adrift in third place as Lotus continued its strong weekend.

Valtteri Bottas was fourth for Williams, ahead of Force India's Sergio Perez and Daniil Kvyat, who made it six different teams inside the top six for Red Bull.

Elsewhere, Sebastian Vettel was eighth fastest, behind Felipe Massa, with Carlos Sainz and Pastor Maldonado rounding out the top ten.

Meanwhile, Button's stoppage looks set to have greater implications for the McLaren team, with the team predicting another Honda engine change. Coming after team-mate Fernando Alonso also received an engine change overnight, Button is now likely to miss qualifying.