TOPSHOT - Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton drives during the third practice session at Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 7, 2018 ahead of the British Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton topped the Saturday practice session at Silverstone for the British GP. Behind him in the timing sheet were Kimi Raikkonen, teammate Valtteri Bottas, and Sebastian Vettel.

Lewis Hamilton Fastest As Hartley Has Scary Crash

The 60-minute long free practice session started under cloudy, but improving weather. The air temperature was 24 degrees C and the track temperature was 45 degrees C. The Pirelli tyre choice at this race is the ice-blue striped Hard tyre, white striped Medium tyre, and yellow striped Soft tyre.

Since yesterday a “sausage” part of a runoff has been added to turn 13 on the course, to stop drivers from going completely off the track at that turn. Despite this being new to the drivers today, it seemingly did not affect their performance too much.

Scary Crash For Brendon Hartley

Halfway through the session driving came to a stoppage when Brendon Hartley had a hard crash into the barriers. On the radio, he declared it was a suspension failure, with a front tyre on the car snapping, taking him completely off track. Luckily Hartley was able to walk away from the accident, despite the collision being nearly head-on. The session was red-flagged.

Manageable Issues For Other Teams

Earlier on in the session Verstappen had apparent issues with his car, saying that he “went to upshift but it downshifted instead.” He did not seem to have any notable issues after this radio message.

Lewis Hamilton put in a 1:26.722s lap time to get fastest lap of the session. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen came in second just 0.093 seconds behind Hamilton. Topping off the podium results was Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who was 0.642 behind Hamilton. Due to Hartley’s crash he was the only driver in the session that never put in a flying lap later in the session.

FP3 Results:

Pos No Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:26.722 15
2 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:26.815 +0.093s 14
3 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:27.364 +0.642s 17
4 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:27.851 +1.129s 8
5 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:28.012 +1.290s 22
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:28.018 +1.296s 15
7 16 Charles Leclerc Sauber Ferrari 1:28.146 +1.424s 18
8 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:28.418 +1.696s 16
9 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:28.554 +1.832s 18
10 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1:28.814 +2.092s 17
11 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:28.917 +2.195s 14
12 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1:29.066 +2.344s 15
13 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Renault 1:29.070 +2.348s 17
14 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:29.094 +2.372s 12
15 55 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:29.133 +2.411s 15
16 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:29.829 +3.107s 13
17 35 Sergey Sirotkin Williams Mercedes 1:29.984 +3.262s 17
18 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Renault 1:30.004 +3.282s 17
19 10 Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:30.050 +3.328s 4
20 28 Brendon Hartley Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 3

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