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Hamilton fastest ahead of qualifying, huge crash for Hartley – FP3 Report

Mercedes narrowly ahead of Ferrari in final practice

British Grand Prix – Lewis Hamilton took top spot in free practice three by just 0.093 of a second ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, but the session was marred by a big crash for Brendon Hartley.

Mercedes’ Hamilton set the fastest time of the weekend with a 1:26.722 ahead of the qualifying hour for the British Grand Prix.

His time was set within the final ten minutes of the session, but the two Ferraris refrained from setting final flying laps.

The second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas finished the session in third place, ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

The two Red Bulls were a distant fifth and sixth, with Max Verstappen narrowly edging ahead of Daniel Ricciardo.

In a surprise upturn in performance from Sauber, both Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson finished inside the top ten, in seventh and tenth respectively.

They were separated by the two Haas drivers of Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean.

The session was stopped within the first twenty minutes due to a huge crash for Brendon Hartley.

The New Zealander’s Toro Rosso suffered a dramatic left-front suspension failure on the approach to Brooklands corner, sending the car into a spin.

The car was sent partially-airborne and crashed nose-first into the tyre barrier at high energy.

Fortunately Hartley walked away unscathed, but the Toro Rosso team face a race against time to repair the car in time for qualifying.

To view the full results from the final practice session, click here.

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