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Rosberg fastest in final practice for Australian GP

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Mercedes Formula One driver Rosberg of Germany drives during the third practice session of the Australian F1 Grand Prix in MelbourneNico Rosberg set fastest lap time in the third and final practice session ahead of qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix.

The Mercedes speedy set a quickest time of 1:29.375, at ease finishing over 1.3 seconds fasters than nearest placed Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso rounded out the top three.

Lewis Hamilton failed to post best lap-time with soft compound, two times he ran wide at Turn 9 on his soft tyre lap, so did not improve lap-time.

Both Marussia and Lotus ruined their shutdown to work on the car during the night, whilst Caterham’s Marcus Ericsson required completing some running or he may not have been permitted to start the race on Sunday.

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso was third fastest, with Lewis Hamilton, who topped the second free practice on Friday, fourth in his Mercedes.

Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari new recruit, was held up in the garage with a radio problem for much of the session, but emerged to post the seventh fastest lap for Ferrari.

It was a difficult session for reigning quadruple champion Sebastian Vettel, who over-steered, skidded over the grass and complained of acceleration problems as he pushed for a faster time on the soft tires late in the session.
“Horrible. The car doesn’t accelerate,” the Red Bull driver barked over the team radio.

After being unable to post a lap time in either of Friday’s sessions due to reliability problems, Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado finally managed to get on the timesheets after being told to be wary of a brake problem.

Results:-  Practice Three F1 2014 Australian GP

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