The track keeps improving but it’s still very slippery. The grip is really poor. Same problems than yesterday: poor grip, the drivers struggled with the tyres and brake temperatures. What happened in FP3? This is the summary:
Weather report: cloudy, T. air: 18-20°C ; T. track: 27-33°C ; humidity rate: 58-67% and wind speed: 6m.s (north-west)
Nico Rosberg has kept the power in 1’21’’083 (soft tyres). Lewis Hamilton has been +0’’014s slower than his team-mate. Daniel Ricciardo, third (+0’’118s), has outstripped a former Bull, Sebastian Vettel. Red Bull is still in negociation with Honda for 2016. Yasuhisa Arai seems to be open for a partnership even if it displeases McLaren. Daniil Kvyat has been classified fifth. Sergio Perez has reached the sixth row. SFI will be renamed Aston Martin in 2016 and according to the rumour, Johnnie Walker could leave McLaren to become one of their sponsors. Valtteri Bottas has signed the seventh time. Carlos Sainz Jr has been inserted between both Williams drivers. Nico Hülkenberg has appeared in the top 10. Max Verstappen has occupied the eleventh position. Pastor Maldonado, eleventh, has been in the same second as the leader (+0’’959s). Romain Grosjean has been thirteenth (+1”101s). Fernando Alonso, fifteenth, has been surrounded by both Sauber boys (advantage for Marcus Ericsson). Kimi Räikkönen, seventeenth, had to stop his car at the turn 10 at 10:14am (his engine had a lambda sensor failure but the fire might have caused some damages on the PU and the exhaust). Will Stevens has been at the eighteenth place. Alexander Rossi has been nineteenth. Jenson Button has been the good last one.
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