2014 German Formula 1 Grand Prix - Third free practice

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Hello and welcome to live text coverage of the third practice session for the German Grand Prix!
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It's another scorcher at Hockenheim, with temperatures rising by minute
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Air and track currently read 28°C and 42°C respectively
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Lewis Hamilton was the man in charge in similar conditions on Friday
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He edged out Mercedes team-mate and home favourite Nico Rosberg
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Daniel Ricciardo and Red Bull were the best of the rest
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As a reminder, Pirelli is supplying its Super Soft and Soft tyres this weekend
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Amid the sweltering heat, most drivers complained of rapid degradation
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There are also two DRS zones in place at the circuit
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Controlled by separate detection points, the first comes between Turns 1 and 2, with the second coming along the curving Parabolika, between Turns 4 and 6
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The green light comes on at the end of the pit lane and FP3 begins!
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Maldonado is the first to the end of the pits, but stops to complete a practice start
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Sutil takes his Sauber straight out on to the track
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Plenty more cars heading out for early laps
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Just Raikkonen, the McLarens and Force Indias yet to leave the pits
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Both McLaren drivers will be running with the new rear wing that Magnussen successfully trialled during Friday practice
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Moments after mentioning his name, Raikkonen heads out
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'Final few adjustments and weight checks' for the Force Indias before they head out
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Just installation laps from the drivers so far – no times on the board
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Rosberg is the first to head on to a proper run
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The German posts the first time of the session, lapping in 1:21.343
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Magnussen moves 1.3 seconds clear in the McLaren
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Hamilton also joins the timesheets, slotting into third position
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Replays show Rosberg running wide at the exit of Turn 2
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Rosberg edges back ahead of Magnussen with a 1:20.025
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Button goes third, just behind his team-mate
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As expected at this phase, we're still a long way off Friday's times
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Magnussen breaks into the 1m19s as his run develops
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Replays show Ericsson's car kicking up sparks under braking for Turn 2
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Perez and Hulkenberg have moved up to third and fourth
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Button is fifth in the second McLaren, ahead of the two Lotus machines
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Bottas moves to the front on 1:19.259
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Massa goes second, 0.392s adrift of Bottas
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Bottas lowers the benchmark to 1:19.052
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Only the Soft tyres have made an appearance so far this morning
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Raikkonen is up to third for Ferrari
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Vettel, after a tough opening day, currently sits fifth
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Alonso and Ricciardo are the only drivers yet to post times
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Raikkonen is told to pit after the team detects a problem with the fuel system
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Alonso gets his first time on the board, jumping to seventh
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Ricciardo posts his opening lap shortly after, enough for third
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That included a slight moment at the first corner
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Alonso spins at Turn 8 but continues without major drama
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The Finn's technical issue has seemingly been fixed
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Replays show Button locking up and running wide at Turn 2
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Raikkonen, on Super Softs, goes quickest with a 1:18.842
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That's two tenths faster than Bottas, who is yet to trial the softer rubber
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Hamilton backs out of a lap after running on at Turn 8
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He recently improved to sixth, just behind team-mate Rosberg
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Raikkonen's car is up on jacks, with plenty of work being carried out
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Hamilton's Mercedes is currently leading the way through the speed trap, from Massa's Williams and the two Force Indias
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Replays show Vergne locking up heavily at Turn 2
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That will give the Frenchman a couple of sizeable flat spots...
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Vettel still appears to be struggling with the balance of his car; replays show him running wide at the first corner and bouncing over the exit kerbs
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Raikkonen's session is over – his fuel system problem was not fully resolved
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Chilton is another to have hit trouble, with Marussia working to fix an electronics issue
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All drivers are back in the pits in preparation for the final Super Soft runs
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The air temperature has hit 30°C, with the track climing to 47°C
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Alonso, leading the late Option tyre runs, goes fastest on 1:18.384
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Rosberg clocks a 1:17.779 to surge six tenths clear
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Magnussen goes fourth, slower than Raikkonen's earlier effort
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Massa jumps to third for Williams
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Bottas slots in behind his team-mate
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Hamilton's lap puts him second, six tenths down on Rosberg
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Ricciardo can only go seventh, almost a second adrift of Rosberg's time
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Vettel puts the second Red Bull ninth
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The chequered flag comes out at Hockenheim
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Rosberg ends the session fastest, six tenths ahead of team-mate Hamilton
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Alonso is third for Ferrari, ahead of the two Williams drivers
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We will be back for qualifying at 2pm local time (GMT +2)