Nasr crashes with Hamilton off pace

Published: Saturday 6th June 2015 by The News Editor

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A big crash for Sauber’s Felipe Nasr was the main talking point of final practice for the Canadian Grand Prix – a session which saw Lewis Hamilton finish at the foot of the timesheet.

With a little over 20 minutes of the hour-long session remaining, Brazilian rookie Nasr appeared to lose control going into the final corner as he was looking to get heat into his tyres before a quick run.

The red flag came out as the stricken Sauber was recovered, with Nasr being taken to the medical centre for checks.

A second red flag brought the session to a premature end – this time with Jenson Button’s McLaren parked out on track at turn seven, with the 2009 world champion set to miss qualifying due to the need for an engine change.

Hamilton had not taken part until the final 10 minutes after his own accident during Friday practice and did not record a competitive time as Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg set the pace.

The German, going into the race in Montreal having won the last two grand prix, set a time of one minute 15.660 – beating Kimi Raikkonen in second place as the Ferrari driver was the only man to get within a second of Rosberg’s effort.

Romain Grosjean continued a good weekend for Lotus as he went third quickest, whilst Valtteri Bottas of Williams, Sergio Perez’s Force India and Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat all finished ahead of the second Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel, who was down in eighth.

Carlos Sainz and Pastor Maldonado rounded out the top 10 for Toro Rosso and Lotus, respectively – with Nasr’s team-mate Marcus Ericsson in 11th.

Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and the second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo split the Saubers – with Nasr setting the 14th fastest time despite his accident.

Button was 15th but more engine woes now mean he will not be taking part in qualifying and his team-mate Fernando Alonso was down in 18th having missed the majority of the session as he underwent his own engine change.

Max Verstappen’s Toro Rosso was 16th with Will Stevens taking 17th for Manor, who sandwiched Alonso as Roberto Mehri was 19th quickest.

Hamilton, who had topped both sessions on Friday, could only break cover towards the end of the hour having had his car rebuilt following his small shunt at turn 10 in the afternoon rain.

Published: Saturday 6th June 2015 by The News Editor

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