FP3 in Hockenheim: Mercedes on top but Williams seems to be the challenger

Nico Rosberg was comfortably fastest during final practice for the German Grand Prix as he beat the chasing pack by 0.6s.

Even Lewis Hamilton had no answer to his team-mate during the supersoft tyre runs, with Rosberg’s time of 1:17.779 leaving him well clear of the second Mercedes. Hamilton posted a 1:18.380 on his first flying lap on supersofts but couldn’t improve on a second attempt and ended the session ust 0.004s clear of Fernando Alonso.

The Williams duo of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas led the way following runs on prime tyres but they ended the session in fourth and fifth places respectively.

Kevin Magnussen set the pace during the opening stages and finished in sixth, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen.

Full results:

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:17.779 24
2 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:18.380 0.601 20
3 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:18.384 0.605 11
4 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:18.575 0.796 18
5 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:18.611 0.832 19
6 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:18.756 0.977 16
7 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:18.769 0.990 13
8 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:18.842 1.063 8
9 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:18.890 1.111 17
10 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:19.127 1.348 19
11 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 1:19.131 1.352 19
12 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 1:19.470 1.691 20
13 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.489 1.710 15
14 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:19.505 1.726 21
15 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:19.601 1.822 23
16 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:20.078 2.299 23
17 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:20.198 2.419 21
18 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:20.466 2.687 19
19 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:20.844 3.065 6
20 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:21.018 3.239 21
21 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:23.077 5.298 14
22 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:23.449 5.670 7