Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Lewis Hamilton edges Kimi Raikkonen in FP3 as Brendon Hartley crashes heavily

Hamilton fastest in crash-shortened third practice			Images by Steve Etherington  LAT Hamilton fastest in crash-shortened third practice Images by Steve Etherington LAT
Kristopher Love | 09 July, 2018, 16:41

Vettel, who leads Hamilton by one point going into the 10th of 21 races, had been fastest in the second practice on the Silverstone track on Friday, while Hamilton topped the first. The front wheel of his Toro Rosso auto skewed vertically and Hartley lost control of the vehicle.

Neither Valtteri Bottas nor Sebastian Vettel were able to match their respective team-mates, placing third and fourth, the Finn six-tenths down on his Mercedes counterpart, and Vettel 1.1s behind his title rival.

The hour long session was red flagged just 15 minutes in when a suspension failure caused Brendon Hartley to fly into the wall at the end of the Wellington Straight.

When the session restarted with 30 minutes on the clock, only five drivers had set a lap time.

Hamilton, a five-time victor at Silverstone, posted a best lap of 1:26.722 seconds around the 5.891-kilometre course but Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari was just 0.093 seconds behind.

While Hartley - merely a passenger as the vehicle crossed the gravel - was passed fit to continue, the damage to the auto made it doubtful that he would be able to take part in qualifying.

The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were fifth and sixth.

Hartley did praise the safety of modern Formula One cars after the crash, as fortunately, he walked away from the incident completely unharmed.

Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin finished 16th and 17th, just ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne.