Italian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton tops final F1 practice at Monza

Lewis Hamilton took control during the final Formula 1 practice session for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza on Saturday morning

Italian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton tops final F1 practice at Monza

Reigning champion Hamilton topped the timesheet in his Mercedes with a 1m22.008s, beating team-mate Nico Rosberg into second place by almost four tenths of a second.

Sebastian Vettel was Mercedes' nearest rival, but 0.938s adrift, while team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was 1.141s off the pace with Ferrari's upgraded engine for this weekend.

Come the end of FP3 Red Bull found itself fourth in the pecking order behind both Williams cars as Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa finished fifth and sixth quickest respectively, 1.492s and 1.639s down, with Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen in close attendance.

A quiet start to the session was disrupted when Romain Grosjean slid off into the gravel at Ascari, from which he was unable to escape.

It resulted in a four-minute deployment of the virtual safety car while the Haas was removed, with Grosjean's one-and-only timed run of 1m24.463s still good enough for 14th.

Ricciardo set the first notable timed lap of 1m23.709s on the super-softs that was swiftly usurped by Hamilton with a lap 0.853s quicker on soft tyres.

In between those two laps Rosberg found himself badly baulked by Verstappen in his Red Bull through the second chicane.

After Verstappen's earlier skirmish, the 18-year-old then complained over the radio himself about being "blocked" by Renault's Kevin Magnussen out of the exit of Ascari.

With 20 minutes remaining, and on a set of super-softs for the first time in the session, Rosberg posted the fastest time of 1m22.401s, but Hamilton again responded with a lap 0.393s faster.

The Force India pair of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg, who both complained about the balance of their cars on Friday, finished ninth and 11th - around two seconds down - sandwiching the second Haas of Esteban Gutierrez.

The McLarens of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso could do no better than 12th and 17th respectively, the latter 2.650s adrift.

FP3 TIMES

Pos Driver Car Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m22.008s 14
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 0.393s 17
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.938s 13
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1.141s 12
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1.492s 20
6 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1.639s 19
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1.701s 23
8 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1.732s 21
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1.909s 20
10 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 2.026s 15
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 2.033s 21
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 2.096s 11
13 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Ferrari 2.232s 17
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 2.455s 4
15 Jolyon Palmer Renault 2.525s 13
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 2.534s 20
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 2.650s 12
18 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 2.707s 19
19 Kevin Magnussen Renault 2.785s 12
20 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 2.837s 17
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 2.885s 19
22 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 2.930s 15

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