SUZUKA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 05: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP drives during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 5, 2014 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

 While the tyre selection for this weekend is Medium, Soft and Supersoft tyres the majority of the cars on track were using Supersoft tyres. The session started under very cloudy and humid conditions. The air temperature was 25 degrees C and the track temperature was 27 degrees C. By the end of the session the track had heated up to 30 degrees C.

Lewis Hamilton Gets Fastest Lap Again at Japanese GP

The Timesheet

Lewis Hamilton finished on top of the leader board for the third consecutive time this weekend, putting in a 1:29.599s lap. This was a significantly slower lap than his two Friday hot laps, as they both were in the 1:28-second range. The track conditions led to slower lap times. Hamilton drove for 13 laps. Behind him on the leaderboard was Sebastian Vettel. Vettel put in a lap +0.116s slower,  Kimi Raikkonen in third place was another +0.455s back.

FP3 Slip Ups

Early in the session many cars backed down when rain started to fall. This period of rain was very short with cars heading back out minutes later. Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen had a scare when he went drifting off track, only barely avoiding the barriers.

The session ended with a bang when Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg lost control out of turn 6, slamming into the barriers. This caused the final two minutes of the session to be red flagged. Renault might have to make a miracle happen if they want a good result out of Qualifying, which is set to happen only two hours after FP3.

Pos # Driver Team Lap Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:29.599 13
2 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:29.715 +0.116 14
3 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:30.054 +0.455 13
4 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:30.304 +0.705 13
5 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:30.422 +0.823 13
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:30.474 +0.875 10
7 31 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:31.088 +1.489 12
8 11 Sergio Perez Force India 1:31.483 +1.884 12
9 55 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:31.513 +1.914 14
10 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:31.521 +1.922 13
11 8 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:31.636 +2.037 14
12 16 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:31.760 +2.161 14
13 28 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:32.030 +2.431 13
14 18 Lance Stroll Williams 1:32.201 +2.602 14
15 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:32.224 +2.625 12
16 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:32.442 +2.843 10
17 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:32.608 +3.009 14
18 35 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:32.631 +3.032 14
19 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:33.034 +3.435 13
20 10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:33.105 +3.506 10

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