2017 Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix - Third free practice
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But it's very, very close...
Bottas finishes on top, ahead of Hamilton and the Ferraris
So Verstappen remains ninth, with his previous Soft-shod effort
Verstappen spins coming out of Juncao - he shakes his head as he recovers the car and continues on his way
Ricciardo goes fifth, just ahead of Alonso
Vettel again asks his engineer to inform him about traffic as he holds up a Force India in the final sector
"It's unbelievable, mate, so much understeer," complains Verstappen
Replays show him going off at Descida do Lago - he backs off and prepares for another run
Verstappen, apart from the sidelined Stroll, is the only driver yet to post a time on the Super Soft tyre
Perez goes sixth, just ahead of team-mate Ocon - Alonso still leads the 'best of the rest' battle
A weather update, provided by the FIA, explains that the chance of rain today is now "significantly less than expected"
Top 10 update: BOT, HAM, RAI, VET, ALO, VER, RIC, OCO, VAN, MAS
So the top four drivers are covered by only 0.058s...
Hamilton also improves, but is 0.003s slower than Bottas
Bottas backs off, goes again and improves to 1:09.281
Alonso shoots up to fifth - behind the Ferrari and Mercedes drivers
Just 0.014s between Vettel and Hamilton...
Hamilton goes second, splitting the Ferrari drivers
Verstappen (Softs) is also on track now - he goes sixth, just ahead of team-mate Ricciardo (Super Softs)
Vettel edges ahead of Raikkonen - 1:09.339
That's still a couple of tenths away from Hamilton's benchmark on Friday
Raikkonen responds, clocking a 1:09.399 to reclaim top spot
Bottas, now on Super Softs, goes quickest with a 1:09.569
Massa reports some "little drops" of rain - nothing significant yet
Ricciardo hits the track and moves into the top 10
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
He also holds a big slide through the first part of the Senna 'S'
Replays show a moment for Hamilton exiting Descida do Lago
Ricciardo said yesterday that he and Red Bull need to be "smart" with their running through Abu Dhabi, after a series of issues
Red Bull drivers Ricciardo and Verstappen are waiting patiently in the garage, seemingly to save engine mileage
It's a relatively short lap here, so traffic is more of a challenge
Vettel asks his engineer to "tell me sooner" about traffic, after feeling that he got in the way of a rival on that lap
"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
Hamilton, on a harder tyre, gets within a couple of tenths
Vettel cuts the gap to Raikkonen - now 0.040s back
Current top 10: RAI, VET, HAM, BOT, ALO, OCO, SAI, HUL, VAN, WEH
Remember, Friday's benchmark, and new track record, was the 1:09.202 posted by Hamilton on Super Softs
Raikkonen improves to 1:09.646 on his latest lap, with Vettel slotting into second, three-tenths back
Hamilton goes second, 0.086s down on Raikkonen
Sainz Jr. now reports "something weird" with his car
Mercedes has sent its drivers out on Softs - Bottas backs off and goes for another lap after encountering Sainz Jr.
Raikkonen (Super Softs) is the first driver into the 1m09s bracket
Marshals clear the car away and we're green again
That did not sound good...
Replays show some smoke coming from the rear of Stroll's car as he exited Descida do Lago, before a massive grinding noise
Stroll removes the steering wheel and jumps out of his car
He is slowly rolling back down the track, on the outside
We now have a Virtual Safety Car out there
He reports a gearbox issue over the radio
Stroll has stopped at Curva do Laranjinha
He improves to a 1:12.089 next time around
Hartley (Super Softs) moves to the front with a 1:12.743
Alonso (Mediums) is the early leader with a 1:12.829
Marko has been doing the rounds - he's shared laughs with Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost and Red Bull boss Christian Horner
Toro Rosso's statement has gone down pretty badly, it seems...
Replays show a very heated discussion between Renault's Cyril Abiteboul and Red Bull's Helmut Marko in the paddock
Plenty of drivers are quick to head out on track, amid the rain threat
Under very dark clouds, we should add...
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
But we could see the Intermediates in FP3, with the track still damp from overnight rain - more is expected before qualifying
As a reminder, Pirelli has brought its Super Soft, Soft and Medium tyres here
A rather punchy statement, that...
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/
Thankfully, everybody is safe and uninjured, albeit shaken
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/
Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes set the pace on Friday, topping both sessions, comfortably clear of Red Bull and Ferrari
Hello and welcome to live coverage of final practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix!