FP3: Verstappen tops Red Bull 1-2

Max Verstappen topped the timesheets in final practice for the United States GP as Nico Rosberg pitted on his hot lap and Lewis Hamilton left it extremely late and caught traffic.

There were a few early incidents as the drivers finally got into the action for FP3. Nico Hulkenberg left the pits with his fuel flap open, Carlos Sainz suffered a "rear right" puncture and Pascal Wehrlein brought out the red flags.

The Manor driver, who was sorely lacking track time after sitting out FP1 for development driver Jordan King, went off at the penultimate corner on his fourth lap.

With his MR05 beached in the gravel, Wehrlein tried to get the marshals to push him out but, after a few minutes, finally climbed out of his car and called it quits.

Back underway after a 7-minute red flag situation, Ferrari grabbed the 1-2 with Sebastian Vettel ahead of Kimi Raikonen only for Nico Rosberg to take P1 and then Daniel Ricciardo.

On the supersoft tyres the Red Bull racer clocked a 1:37.032 while Lewis Hamilton, using the soft tyres and a new fuel system as Mercedes changed his overnight, slotted into second place, 0.451s down.

Heading out for a second run Sainz suffered another puncture, this time a rear left and once again crawled his back to the pits.

As the supersoft tyre runs began Max Verstappen was the first to improve as he went from P8 on the mediums to P1 with a 1:36.766 making it a Red Bull 1-2. Raikkonen moved up to third place while there was some confusion as to Mercedes' programme.

Rosberg pulled into the pits on his hot lap instead of completing it, he was 0.073s down in the middle sector, and Hamilton left it so late he literally crossed the line a second before the chequered flag.

The Brit, though, caught traffic in the form of a Sauber and pitted without doing a flying lap on the supersofts.

The session ended with Verstappen quickest ahead of Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Hamilton, Rosberg, Vettel, Hulkenberg and Valtteri Bottas.

Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso completed the top ten.


1.  M. Verstappen    Red Bull    01:36.766        16 laps
2.  D. Ricciardo    Red Bull    01:37.032        19 laps
3.  K. Raikkonen    Ferrari    01:37.284        15 laps
4.  L. Hamilton    Mercedes    01:37.483        12 laps
5.  N. Rosberg    Mercedes    01:37.784        10 laps
6.  S. Vettel    Ferrari    01:37.894        8 laps
7.  N. Hulkenberg    Force India    01:37.948        17 laps
8.  V. Bottas    Williams    01:38.188        16 laps
9.  J. Button    McLaren    01:38.212        14 laps
10.  F. Alonso    McLaren    01:38.452        13 laps
11.  S. Perez    Force India    01:38.512        16 laps
12.  J. Palmer    Renault    01:38.528        14 laps
13.  F. Massa    Williams    01:38.607        15 laps
14. D. Kvyat    Toro Rosso    01:38.691        16 laps
15.  C. Sainz Jr.    Toro Rosso    01:38.710        6 laps
16.  E. Gutiérrez    Haas    01:38.939        13 laps
17.  R. Grosjean    Haas    01:39.097        13 laps
18.  K. Magnussen    Renault    01:39.105        14 laps
19.  M. Ericsson    Sauber    01:39.239        14 laps
20.  F. Nasr    Sauber    01:39.509        14 laps
21.  E. Ocon    Manor    01:39.771        19 laps
22.  P. Wehrlein    Manor    01:41.427        7 laps

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