Friday pace setter Nico Rosberg crashes out and hits the barriers following rear suspension failure Mercedes struggling with tyre wear. Hamilton only produces third fastest time in his final attempts.
“It’s too early to tell but we need to understand that. It looks like there was suspension failure on the kerb, he was full throttle on the kerb. Mercedes F1 technical director Paddy Lowe told Sky F1
“We need to make sure we’re covered for the race.”
An update from Sky F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz on what happened to Nico Rosberg:
“The team have confirmed that it was a failure of that upper wishbone and they said to Lewis ‘stay off the kerbs, when you’re there.’ It’s not something you can continue on into qualifying with, so they are going to have to get an answer very quickly.”
Daniel Ricciardo did 22 laps without any trouble, way to fourth place ahead of his Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen. Williams’ F1 duo of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa followed in sixth and seventh respectively.
Nico Hulkenberg finished the session eighth for Force India, edging out the McLaren pair of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso in P9 and P10.