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German Grand Prix
Nürburgring • Free Practice 3

Free Practice 3

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A special lap from Vettel ensures the German records the fastest lap of FP3, having topped FP2 as well. He is the only man to go under 1:30. Rosberg in second with Webber third.


Vettel scorches round in 1:29.517 to become the first man to go under 1:30. Very impressive as he takes first place from Rosberg.


Vettel is turning up the pace and after two sectors is 0.479 under Rosberg’s time. ..


Here is Lewis Hamilton and after two sectors he is 0.328 behind the pace. The Mercedes driver then suffers from oversteer to go nine tenths slower than Rosberg.


Vettel sneaks out at the end to try and take first place in front of his home supporters.


Webber is on a fast lap but the Australian finishes messily to go round in 1:30.211. Only good enough for second.


Hulkenberg takes fifth place for Sauber as the soft tyres come to bear. Button is now on track for McLaren.


Di Resta runs a bit wide to slow him up on a flying lap and then he runs into traffic. A 1:31.849 isn’t great shakes.


And now Rosberg takes first place away from Alonso as he also benefits from the soft compound to record a 1:30.193.


The soft compounds are making a big difference here in Germany but in practice yesterday they proved to decline in pace rather quickly.


Alonso, on the soft compound, races through in a 1:30.621 to take first spot from Vettel.


Alonso goes quickest in the first sector, and the second…


Gutierrez locks up his front left in the Sauber, and he isn’t the first driver to suffer that kind of problem today.


The two Red Bulls lead at present, with Rosberg next for Mercedes. Gorsjean’s Lotus is fourth with Hamilton fifth and Alonso in sixth. Raikkonen and Massa make up a four-team top eight.


Vettel is two tenths down on his fastest time after the first sector at the Nurburgring.


We are riding with Webber but he is a couple of tenths short of his best time and doesn’t trouble team-mate Vettel.


Mercedes are still working on Hamilton and Rosberg’s cars with both vehicles up on jacks and tireless. Some work to do in the Mercedes garage.


Teams now trying to get their cars in the best possible shape for qualifying, which starts at 1pm. There could well be a wide range of strategies on show.


Not much change in the top 10 in the past few minutes with the two Red Bulls looking unassailable at the top.


Maldonado negotiates his way past some traffic on a busy stretch of the track so he isn’t going to be pulling up any trees on this lap.


Raikkonen remains 0.707 off the pace down in seventh place. Team-mate Grosjean is in fourth though so Lotus will be pleased with what they have seen so far.


How can Perez do? A lap of 1:33.021 doesn’t move him up the standings in his McLaren.


Paul Di Resta is on track for Force India but he is struggling to put together a decent time at the moment.


Just 0.004 separates the two Red Bulls and now Vettel emerges from the pits after keeping a keen eye on all the telemetry data.


Red Bull work on Vettel’s car in the pits. He still leads the standings with his 1:31.294 from Webber. Rosberg third and Grosjean fourth.


Scratch that, Alonso gets to within 0.934 to move into sixth. He is a three-time winner of the German GP.


Felipe Massa goes seventh but he is still 1.140 off the pace. Ferrari still struggling with Alonso down in ninth.


The Red Bulls sitting pretty at the top of the standings and with low track temperatures unlikely to play into the hands of Ferrari, it looks as though they will be battling it out with Mercedes.


Fernando Alonso well off the pace as a 1:32.585 puts him in eighth place. Nothing to worry about at this stage though of course.


Mercedes are changing things at the right rear on Hamilton’s car as they try to get him back out as soon as possible. It seems like they have a little technical issue.


It’s important to note that no one is on the soft compounds just yet and that is when we will see the quicker times set.


Mark Webber goes second behind Vettel with a 1:31.298. Both of the Red Bulls in fine form.


One of the normal cars carrying out a function has crashed into a barrier in one of the back parts of the track. We will let you know if any more news comes of that.


Now Maldonado is creeping round into turn seven and goes into the gravel trap after locking up. He was going far too slowly. Bizarre.


Maldonado – who had the KERS problem earlier – runs wide coming into turn 11. Messy from the Colombian.


Hamilton comes into the pits for a readjustment.


Qualifying is vital in Germany as well: only once in eight races has the winner come from outside the front row of the grid.


Remarkable to think that Vettel has never won his home GP. He was quickest in FP2 though and looks in good shape here as well.


Vettel is out and races through with a new fastest lap of 1:31.365. Good pace from the German on his home track.


Button is back in the pits for a new set of tyres and 17 drivers have set a time. No sign of the Red Bulls still though.


Adrian Sutil goes into eighth in the Force India and is six tenths off the lead. Rosberg leads from Hamilton as the Mercedes look in fine form. Then it’s the two McLarens of Button and Perez.


Sparks fly from the base of Grosjean’s Lotus – not a new problem for the team.


No sign of the Red Bulls just yet as they keep their powder dry. Big things expected of Vettel as always.


Max Chilton runs wide in the Marussia and has to negotiate his way past Grosjean in the Lotus, who acknowledges his mistake.


Here comes Lewis Hamilton, twice winner of the German GP and the fastest man in FP1.


Button has registered the second fastest lap so far, nearly eight tenths off the pace set by Rosberg.


And Rosberg delivers with a 1:31.911, nearly eight tenths quicker than Perez.


Nico Rosberg with a 1:39.618 for Mercedes but he will obviously be putting in some much faster times than that.


Another quick lap from Perez who is enjoying himself in the McLaren. 1:33.684 this time from the Mexican.


Sergio Perez sets the first flying lap for McLaren when going round in 1:34.382.


No quick times to report just yet.


Jenson Button joins the fray for McLaren in a busy start to the last practice session, though Lewis Hamilton is still in the pits for Mercedes.


Pastor Maldonado is out on track despite those KERS problems so Williams will be relieved to have him in action in their 600th Grand Prix.


Here we go. Cars pour onto the track from the pit lane at the Nurburgring.


Pastor Maldonado's car has suffered a KERS failure in the garage two-and-a-half hours before the start of Saturday morning practice. The Williams Formula 1 team has confirmed that fire marshals attended the scene and contained the situation, which did not cause any injuries. It is as yet unclear what damage the KERS problem has done to the car, with Williams currently investigating the incident.


We can expect an overcast day with bursts of sunshine and temperatures of around 16c. There's a zero per cent chance of rain but humidity is hitting the 80s.


Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the third and final session of free practice for the German Grand Prix. Pit lane opens at 9.00 GMT, 10.00 BST.