The third free practice session at Silverstone got underway on a damp track, with rain having already affected the earlier qualifying session for GP3. Ferrari was fifth on the time sheet courtesy of Sebastian Vettel with a time of 1.32.049, while in the other SF16-H, Kimi Raikkonen did a 1.32.833, which earned him ninth place.
Having switched from Intermediate tyres to Mediums, the Ferrari men had to wait a while before using the Softs, because of a red flag after Ericsson crashed his Sauber into the barriers at the exit of Stowe corner. Once the barrier was repaired, Sebastian and Kimi went back out for a qualifying simulation, just as light rain had begun to fall again on some parts of the circuit.
Sebastian then aborted his second run. Topping the time sheet was the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton (1.30.904) and Nico Rosberg (1.30.967.)