British GP

Hamilton fastest, Rosberg 2nd, big crash for Ericsson

Hamilton fastest, Rosberg 2nd, big crash for Ericsson

Hamilton fastest, Rosberg 2nd, big crash for Ericsson

Lewis Hamilton set fastest lap-time ahead of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the crash-marred third and final practice for the British Grand Prix on Saturday.

Hamilton, who was also fastest in both practices on Friday, wound up 0.063 seconds better than Rosberg, who missed the entire second Friday session, with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo third, half a second adrift in his Red Bull car.

Final practice session stopped for 18 minutes when Swedish driver Marcus Ericsson crashed heavily in his Sauber. He was uninjured and walked away.

Max Verstappen was fourth in the second Red Bull, followed by Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, and Valtteri Bottas of Williams.

Ericsson was lost traction and sending it onto a heavy collision course with the inside tyre barrier.

Worryingly, the steering wheel fell off the Sauber when it bounced off the barriers. That’s now a serious – and perhaps insurmountable – repair job for the Sauber mechanics ahead of qualifying.

“For a team that has been cash strapped, that is an expensive accident as well,” notes David Croft. The bodywork and floor are heavily damaged, with the rear suspension ripped off.

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