Rosberg edges out Hamilton in final Brazil practice

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Nico Rosberg upped his pace at the right time as he inched ahead of title rival Lewis Hamilton in the third and final practice session for the Brazilian Grand Prix on Saturday.

The gap between the top two continued to be less than a tenth of a second for the third straight outing at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, with Rosberg only 0.093 seconds ahead of Hamilton on this occasion.

Hamilton was quickest in both practice sessions on Friday.

The session started on a damp track interspersed with light showers but after initial runs on wet tyres, drivers switched to slicks as the surface dried quickly. With temperatures dropping, most of the tyre blistering and degradation concerns were eased.

Only a waved double yellow interrupted the proceedings after an umbrella found its way on the track in the first sector. Only the Williams cars were running at the time, so its retrieval was straightforward with a marshall venturing out to collect it.

Ferrari looked competitive with Sebastian Vettel in third, two-tenths off, and Kimi Raikkonen fourth, the teammates separated by just seven-hundredths. The duo edged out the Red Bull pair of Daniel Ricciardo.

Williams' Valtteri Bottas, Jolyon Palmer of Renault, local favourite Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso, who missed a chunk of the session due to a gearbox issue, rounded up the top ten.

It was an uneventful affair, punctuated only by Hamilton running wide on his first run on slick tyres and Romain Grosjean spinning his Haas at Turn 4 late in practice.

Qualifying is next with Rosberg aiming for a hat-trick of Brazilian GP pole positions.


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