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Austin GP: Hamilton dominates in Texas

2014-11-01 18:47

SETTING THE PACE: Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton sets the pace during all three practice sessions ahead of the 2014 US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Image: AP/ David J. Phillip

TEXAS, Austin - Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton rounded off a hat-trick of fastest laps in 2014 US Grand Prix practice on Saturday (Nov 1) with Mercedes team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg 0.883 of a second slower after suffering a brake problem.

The Mercedes pair were again one-two on the timesheets after Hamilton went fastest in both of Friday's sessions, with Felipe Massa third fastest for Williams on a clear and crisp Texas morning.

However, it was not a perfect session for the dominant team, with Hamilton spinning and Rosberg held up in the garage due to a glazed brake disc before then making some small errors that cost him a quick time.

RIVALS TRAIL BEHIND

Mercedes, who have already wrapped up the Constructors' championship, were still the runaway favourites with Hamilton 1.107 seconds quicker than Massa.

Mercedes-powered cars filled the top four positions, with Valtteri Bottas fourth fastest for Williams.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was fifth, 1.620 seconds adrift of Hamilton's pace.

Hamilton leads Rosberg by 17 points in the standings with three races, and double points on offer for the finale in Abu Dhabi, remaining.

Red Bull's quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel, who will start from the pits lane on Sunday (Nov 2) after exceeding his engine allocation, clocked the slowest time of all as he focused on race setup rather than qualifying.

2014 United States Grand Prix:
Third practice

1 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes 1:37.107
2 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes 1:37.990
3 Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams 1:38.214
4 Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams 1:38.437
5 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari 1:38.727
6 Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull 1:38.927
7 Nico Hlkenberg (GER) Force India 1:38.960
8 Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber 1:39.000
9 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari 1:39.143
10 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren 1:39.241
11 Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren 1:39.335
12 Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus 1:39.448
13 Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus 1:39.561
14 Sergio Perez (MEX) Force India 1:39.582
15 Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Toro Rosso 1:39.688
16 Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Sauber 1:40.208
17 Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Toro Rosso 1:41.443
18 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull 1:43.765

Second practice
First practice

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