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2015-07-04 13:02

FASTEST AT SILVERSTONE: Lewis Hamilton beat Nico Rosberg at Silverstone to set the fastest time during final practice. Image: AP / Frank Augstein

SILVERSTONE, England - Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton found the speed he wanted and wrapped-up 2015 British GP practice with the fastest lap in another Mercedes 1-2 at the top of the time sheets on Saturday (July 4).

Hamilton's best time around Silverstone of 1min32.917 was 0.552sec quicker than team mate Nico Rosberg and 0.775sec faster than Ferrari's under-pressure Finn Kimi Raikkonen.

Rosberg lost some time to a late gearbox oil leak, however.

QUALIFYING BATTLE LOOMS

Hamilton, who had said on Friday (July 3) he needed to find some more performance after setting only the fourth-best time, came right as he prepared for qualifying and a potential eighth pole position from nine races.

Winner of four of the eight races so far in 2015, he leads Rosberg by 10 points going into a home race that he won in 2014.


As it happened: 2015 British GP - Third practice


Ferrari again looked the strongest rival to Mercedes, with four-times F1 champion Sebastian Vettel fourth-fastest ahead of young Toro Rosso rookies Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz.

Williams pair Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas were seventh and eighth-fastest with Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat ninth and Lotus's Pastor Maldonado 10th.

Honda-powered McLaren had another tough session with Spaniard Fernando Alonso 18th and largely sidelined by a hydraulics problem. Jenson Button was 16th.

2015 British Grand Prix at Silverstone qualifying result
Third practice

1 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1min32.917
2 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1min33.469
3 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1min33.692
4 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 1min33.918
5 Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso 1min34.147
6 Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso 1min34.282
7 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 1min34.501
8 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 1min34.538
9 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) RedBull 1min34.545
10 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus 1min34.708
11 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Force India 1min34.886
12 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 1min34.896
13 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 1min35.121
14 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 1min35.246
15 Felipe Nasr (Brazil) Sauber 1min35.587
16 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1min35.695
17 Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber 1min35.919
18 Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 1min36.101
19 Will Stevens (Britain) Marussia 1min37.989
20 Roberto Merhi (Spain) Marussia 1min38.285

Second practice
First practice

As it happened: 2015 British GP - Third practice


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