Canadian GP: Nico Rosberg's Mercedes fastest between red flags

Nico Rosberg topped the times in final practice for the Canadian Grand Prix, as two red flags limited running for the second successive session

Canadian GP: Nico Rosberg's Mercedes fastest between red flags

Teams had been hoping to gather crucial long-run data on the super-soft tyre after rain washed out more than half of second practice on Friday.

So drivers headed out onto the Montreal circuit early, with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen setting the opening pace.

But the action was halted for 10 minutes when Felipe Nasr crashed heavily on the long straight as he appeared to weave aggressively in a bid to generate tyre temperature.

The Brazilian climbed out of the Sauber unscathed, but was taken to the circuit medical centre as a precaution.

There was significant damage to the front end of the car, leaving Nasr's mechanics with a race against time to get the car ready for qualifying.

The session restarted with a little over 10 minutes remaining, with drivers bolting on the super-soft tyres to do a qualifying simulation.

But it was disrupted again when McLaren's Jenson Button stopped at Turn 7 to being out the second red flag of the session.

Rosberg was able to get a super-soft run in to go fastest, but his team-mate Lewis Hamilton was not so successful after making a mistake on his first lap.

The session was not restarted after Button's problem, which meant Rosberg's time of 1m15.660s was the quickest time of the morning while Hamilton propped up the timesheets having not managed a single clean flying lap between mistakes and stoppages.

With so many drivers unable to complete a super-soft tyre run, teams will have limited data going into qualifying.

Raikkonen was second quickest overall for Ferrari, ahead of Lotus's Romain Grosjean and the Williams of Valtteri Bottas.

Force India's Sergio Perez managed a super-soft run to end up fifth, with Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat sixth and Williams's Felipe Massa seventh.

Vettel, Carlos Sainz Jr and Pastor Maldonado completed the top 10.

Fernando Alonso managed just three laps after missing most of the session while McLaren fitted the fourth and final Honda engine of his allocation.

PRACTICE THREE TIMES:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m15.660s - 17
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m16.233s 0.573s 20
3 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m16.772s 1.112s 14
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m16.914s 1.254s 17
5 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m16.993s 1.333s 16
6 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m17.021s 1.361s 19
7 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m17.122s 1.462s 18
8 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m17.197s 1.537s 18
9 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Renault 1m17.396s 1.736s 25
10 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m17.573s 1.913s 12
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m17.578s 1.918s 21
12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m17.876s 2.216s 14
13 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m17.892s 2.232s 18
14 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m18.446s 2.786s 12
15 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m18.473s 2.813s 18
16 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m18.492s 2.832s 18
17 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m19.822s 4.162s 16
18 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m19.874s 4.214s 3
19 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m20.231s 4.571s 16
20 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m21.492s 5.832s 9


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