Nico Rosberg topped the timing sheet in FP3 ahead of Sunday’s Canadian GP, while his Mercedes team mate was at the very bottom, due to lack of running in the first half hour, and a duo of red flags in the latter stages.
After the torrential downpour of Friday afternoon, a much more vibrant and sunny environment welcomed Saturday in Montreal, for Free Practice three. With most of the rubber washed away by the rain and cooler temperatures, the track was slower than Friday, reflected in the early lap times.
In truth the session was a rather mundane one at first, with Rosberg and the Ferraris swapping honours at the top of the time sheet.
That all changed though, with around 25 minutes to go, as Felipe Nasr collided with the wall along the back straight.
The Brazilian has barely put a foot out of place this year so far, but while trying to warm up his allegedly very cold tyres by weaving, he lost control of the car, and obliterated the front-right corner of the car.
Later investigations revealed that the impact was around 7G, and was an incident compounded by not only cold tyres, but also Nasr hitting the radio button and the DRS flap as well. The track was littered with debris, so the Red Flag was brought out to clean up the mess.
With twelve minutes to go, the session resumed, but not for long. McLaren-Honda managed to get their first points of the season in Monaco, but his car ground to a halt in Sector 1 with a suspected power unit issue, and the red was brought out once more, prematurely ending the session.
This disruption meant very little running for Lewis Hamilton, and therefore he sat in 20th place on the timing screen.
1) Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1.15:660 (17 Laps)
2) Kimi Räikkönen, Ferrari, 1.16:233 20 Laps)
3) Romain Grosjean, Lotus, 1.16:772 (14 Laps)
4) Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1.16:914 (17 Laps)
5) Sergio Pérez, Force India, 1.16:993 (16 Laps)
6) Daniil Kvyat Red Bull, 1.17:021 (19 Laps)
7) Felipe Massa, Williams, 1.17:122 (18 Laps)
8) Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 1.17:197 (18 Laps)
9) Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso, 1’17.396 (25 Laps)
10) Pastor Maldonado, Lotus 1.17:573 (12 Laps)
11) Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, 1.17:578 (21 Laps)
12) Nico Hülkenberg, Force India, 1.17:876 (14 Laps)
13) Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1.17:892 (18 Laps)
14) Felipe Nasr, Sauber, 1.18:446, (12 Laps)
15) Jenson Button, McLaren, 1.18:473 (18 Laps)
16) Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso, 1.18:492 (18 Laps)
17) Will Stevens, Marussia, 1.19:822 (16 Laps)
18) Fernando Alonso, McLaren, 1.19:874 (3 Laps)
19) Roberto Merhi, Marussia, 1.20:231 (16 Laps)
20) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes 1.21:492 (9 Laps)