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British GP FP3: Hamilton returns to top

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British GP FP3: Hamilton returns to top
Lewis Hamilton shows consistent performance ahead of qualifying for the British Grand Prix by topping in the third and final practice session.

Defending world champion could only post the fourth quickest time in second practice, but the Mercedes driver had smoothly setting the pace on third practice session ahead of Friday pace setter and team-mate Nico Rosberg.

The championship leader Hamilton clocked 1 minute 32.917 seconds on the 5.891-kilometres Silverstone course where he won in 2008 and 2014.

Rosberg encountered a gearbox oil leak but managed the second best time late in the 60-minute session, half a second behind Hamilton but ahead of the Ferrari duo of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.

Kimi Raikkonen ended the session in third place, and his team-mate Sebastian Vettel was in fourth spot, while Toro Rosso duo Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz were in fifth and sixth respectively.

Williams pairing Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas were seventh and eighth fastest with Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat ninth and Lotus’s Pastor Maldonado 10th.

Jenson Button has already ruled out finishing in the points in what could be the final British Grand Prix of his career, and he was only 16th fastest on Saturday morning, 2.7 sec down on Hamilton.

His team-mate Fernando Alonso completed only six laps – the fewest of any driver – after his team identified a hydraulic leak within his Honda power unit. He ended the session in 18th with only the Manor duo behind him.

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