2014 British Formula 1 Grand Prix - Third free practice

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Hello and welcome to live text coverage of final practice for the British Grand Prix!
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Heavy rain overnight and through the morning has soaked the circuit
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And with more rain due, both FP3 and qualifying look set to be extremely wet
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On Friday, Lewis Hamilton set the pace ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg
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Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was best of the rest, seven tenths adrift of Hamilton
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As a reminder, Pirelli has brought its Medium and Hard tyres to Silverstone
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As mentioned, though, these compounds are unlikely to be used in this session
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In terms of DRS, there are two zones in place
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The first area comes between Turns 5 and 6, with the second following on the Hangar Straight
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Remember, you can get in touch with our live reporting team throughout the session
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While we can be found on Twitter via the @GPUpdate handle
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Air and track temperatures are sitting at 16°C and 21°C ahead of the session
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Meanwhile, humidity is registering at 90 per cent
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The green light comes on at the end of the pit lane and the session begins!
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Sutil is the first driver out in his Sauber
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Plenty more drivers heading out for early install laps
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It looks as though most drivers are on the Intermediate tyres
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The track has gradually dried up this morning, helped by GP3 qualifying
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"There are some dry patches," reports Button
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Drivers will be wary of over-working their tyres in these conditions
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Button heads straight onto a timed lap
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He's treading very carefully out there
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Button opts against completing the lap and returns to the pits
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Hamilton is the only driver yet to head out
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Moments after we mention the Briton, he departs his garage
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Plenty of work going on in the Williams garage, with the front wing detached from Massa's car
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Hamilton and Alonso return to the pits, leaving Rosberg alone on track
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Only a short visit for Hamilton, as he heads back out
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Plenty of cheers from the grandstands as he travels around the circuit
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Hamilton runs through the pit lane once more, stopping at the end to complete a practice start
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A huge slide for Ericsson as he tackles Stowe corner
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It's extremely slippery out there, with further rain falling
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Ericsson posts the first time of the session, lapping in 1:57.091
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Fellow Caterham driver Kobayashi slots into second position
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The Caterhams have been joined on track by the Toro Rosso drivers
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Vergne lowers the early benchmark to 1:55.236
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Kvyat reports that his car balance is "on the nose" and that it is "very hard to drive"
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Vergne improves by four thousandths of a second next time around
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Replays show Vergne running wildly wide through the final corner
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The Frenchman has found more time, clocking a 1:54.602
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Kvyat is half a tenth back in second position
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Magnussen moves clear with a 1:54.092
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Just eight times on the board as we approach the halfway mark of the session
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It is very much Intermediate weather now
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Ricciardo goes quickest on 1:52.631
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Button is up to third, just behind team-mate Magnussen
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Grosjean has a spin exiting the final corner
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The Lotus driver got over the exit kerb, causing his car to snap to the right
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He was lucky to avoid contact with the pit wall...
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Grosjean quickly brushes aside his wild moment to go second
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Vettel usurps team-mate Ricciardo by a tenth
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Maldonado improves to P3, ahead of Lotus team-mate Grosjean
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The rain is getting heavier once more
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This could put an end to any lap time improvements
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DRS has been disabled due to the conditions
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Sutil goes off track at Stowe, but continues without major drama
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Bianchi has hit the barriers
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The Marussia driver ran straight on at Stowe
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He is unharmed and out of the car, but his mechanics will have work to do before qualifying
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Replays show the previous moment for Sutil, which could easily have resulted in the same impact
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With Bianchi's car cleared, the track is green once more
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Just five cars on track as we enter the final 10 minutes
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There is a piece of bodywork sitting on the circuit shortly before the first corner
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It looks as though it is just off the racing line
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Replays reveal that the part flew off Sutil's car
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Not many improvements coming in the closing stages
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Sutil breaks the trend, moving up to fifth position
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The chequered flag comes out
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Vettel stays fastest, narrowly ahead of Red Bull team-mate Ricciardo
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Lotus drivers Maldonado and Grosjean follow in third and fourth
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Stay tuned to the website for a full report plus the latest news and photos
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We will be back for qualifying at 1pm local time (GMT +1)