Rosberg tops final Hockenheim practice

Rosberg tops final Hockenheim practice

19 July 2014 – Nico Rosberg comfortably topped Saturday's final practice session for the German Grand Prix, setting a 1:17.779 to lead Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by six tenths. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso finished third.

After a sweltering first day at Hockenheim, the heat showed no signs of letting up, with air and track temperatures reaching 30°C and 50°C.

Williams duo Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa led the initial Soft tyre runs as drivers worked through further race preparation, but the Silver Arrows regained the top two places when the switch to Super Softs arrived.

Rosberg ultimately enjoyed a cleaner run, pulling out 0.601 seconds on his main championship rival.

Alonso was only four thousandths adrift of Hamilton, with Massa getting the better of Bottas for fourth.

Kevin Magnussen, whose successful evaluation of a new front wing on Friday saw the upgrade carried over to both McLarens for the rest of the weekend, wound up sixth, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo's leading Red Bull.

Kimi Räikkönen finished eighth but again lost track time due to a fuel system issue. The Finn was the first driver to switch to the Super Soft rubber before being forced to pit, thus missing out on the best of the conditions.

The top 10 positions were rounded out by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Force India's Nico Hülkenberg.

Jenson Button finished 13th in the second McLaren, experiencing the new wing a day later than Magnussen.

Towards the rear of the field, Jules Bianchi put his Marussia ahead of Pastor Maldonado's Lotus and Adrian Sutil's Sauber, the latter suffering a hybrid system issue and only managing to complete six laps.

The Caterhams and the second Marussia of Max Chilton, hit with an electrical fault, brought up the rear.

Saturday's qualifying session at Hockenheim gets underway at 2pm local time (GMT +2)

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