2017 Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix - Third free practice

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But it's very, very close...
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Bottas finishes on top, ahead of Hamilton and the Ferraris
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Chequered flag
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So Verstappen remains ninth, with his previous Soft-shod effort
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Verstappen spins coming out of Juncao - he shakes his head as he recovers the car and continues on his way
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Ricciardo goes fifth, just ahead of Alonso
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Vettel again asks his engineer to inform him about traffic as he holds up a Force India in the final sector
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"It's unbelievable, mate, so much understeer," complains Verstappen
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Replays show him going off at Descida do Lago - he backs off and prepares for another run
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Verstappen, apart from the sidelined Stroll, is the only driver yet to post a time on the Super Soft tyre
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Perez goes sixth, just ahead of team-mate Ocon - Alonso still leads the 'best of the rest' battle
13:50
A weather update, provided by the FIA, explains that the chance of rain today is now "significantly less than expected"
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Top 10 update: BOT, HAM, RAI, VET, ALO, VER, RIC, OCO, VAN, MAS
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So the top four drivers are covered by only 0.058s...
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Hamilton also improves, but is 0.003s slower than Bottas
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Bottas backs off, goes again and improves to 1:09.281
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Alonso shoots up to fifth - behind the Ferrari and Mercedes drivers
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Just 0.014s between Vettel and Hamilton...
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Hamilton goes second, splitting the Ferrari drivers
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Verstappen (Softs) is also on track now - he goes sixth, just ahead of team-mate Ricciardo (Super Softs)
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Vettel edges ahead of Raikkonen - 1:09.339
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That's still a couple of tenths away from Hamilton's benchmark on Friday
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Raikkonen responds, clocking a 1:09.399 to reclaim top spot
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Bottas, now on Super Softs, goes quickest with a 1:09.569
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Massa reports some "little drops" of rain - nothing significant yet
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Ricciardo hits the track and moves into the top 10
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Replays show a massive lock-up for Hamilton into the Senna 'S' - he takes to the sizeable run-off area and rejoins at the exit
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He also holds a big slide through the first part of the Senna 'S'
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Replays show a moment for Hamilton exiting Descida do Lago
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Ricciardo said yesterday that he and Red Bull need to be "smart" with their running through Abu Dhabi, after a series of issues
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Red Bull drivers Ricciardo and Verstappen are waiting patiently in the garage, seemingly to save engine mileage
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It's a relatively short lap here, so traffic is more of a challenge
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Vettel asks his engineer to "tell me sooner" about traffic, after feeling that he got in the way of a rival on that lap
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"The car in front just tried to run me off the road," says Hartley, after getting close to one of the Haas drivers at Juncao
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Hamilton, on a harder tyre, gets within a couple of tenths
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Vettel cuts the gap to Raikkonen - now 0.040s back
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Current top 10: RAI, VET, HAM, BOT, ALO, OCO, SAI, HUL, VAN, WEH
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Remember, Friday's benchmark, and new track record, was the 1:09.202 posted by Hamilton on Super Softs
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Raikkonen improves to 1:09.646 on his latest lap, with Vettel slotting into second, three-tenths back
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Hamilton goes second, 0.086s down on Raikkonen
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Sainz Jr. now reports "something weird" with his car
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Mercedes has sent its drivers out on Softs - Bottas backs off and goes for another lap after encountering Sainz Jr.
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Raikkonen (Super Softs) is the first driver into the 1m09s bracket
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Marshals clear the car away and we're green again
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That did not sound good...
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Replays show some smoke coming from the rear of Stroll's car as he exited Descida do Lago, before a massive grinding noise
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Stroll removes the steering wheel and jumps out of his car
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He is slowly rolling back down the track, on the outside
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We now have a Virtual Safety Car out there
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He reports a gearbox issue over the radio
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Stroll has stopped at Curva do Laranjinha
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He improves to a 1:12.089 next time around
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Hartley (Super Softs) moves to the front with a 1:12.743
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Alonso (Mediums) is the early leader with a 1:12.829
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Marko has been doing the rounds - he's shared laughs with Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost and Red Bull boss Christian Horner
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Toro Rosso's statement has gone down pretty badly, it seems...
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Replays show a very heated discussion between Renault's Cyril Abiteboul and Red Bull's Helmut Marko in the paddock
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Plenty of drivers are quick to head out on track, amid the rain threat
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Under very dark clouds, we should add...
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Green light - FP3 begins!
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In terms of DRS, there are two zones in place - the first comes along the Reta Oposta (between Turns 3 and 4), with the second on the main straight
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But we could see the Intermediates in FP3, with the track still damp from overnight rain - more is expected before qualifying
12:52
As a reminder, Pirelli has brought its Super Soft, Soft and Medium tyres here
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A rather punchy statement, that...
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Another standout story is Toro Rosso responding to Renault's suggestion that its car is culpable for the recent spate of engine issues: https://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/360832/toro-rosso-hits-out-at-renault-over-failures/
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Thankfully, everybody is safe and uninjured, albeit shaken
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But there was a scary incident for some Mercedes team members at the end of the day, with a minibus robbed at gunpoint: https://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/360836/mercedes-minibus-robbed-at-gunpoint/
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Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes set the pace on Friday, topping both sessions, comfortably clear of Red Bull and Ferrari
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After a bright, warm first day, the clouds have formed above Interlagos...
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Hello and welcome to live coverage of final practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix!