FP3 on Saturday morning in Barcelona proved no more unpredictable than any other session of Formula One in 2014, with Mercedes crushing their rivals to the tune of more than a second a lap on both hard and medium compound Pirelli tyres ahead of qualifying this afternoon.
Nico Rosberg took the honours this time, beating team-mate Lewis Hamilton by 0.8 seconds with a 1:25:887 after the Briton aborted his medium compound run at the end of the hour. Oversteer was a common theme throughout, with many drivers experiencing wild moments of opposite lock; all except Mercedes of course who seem to have pulled even further ahead in the time between China and Spain this weekend. Tyres were to blame for the lack of grip, cars such as the Force India and McLaren unable to generate enough downforce to keep the fragile rubber in the operating window they require.
Max Chilton ended his morning in the gravel trap again after locking up and running off the circuit in sector two, while Romain Grosjean’s issues with his troublesome Lotus continued unabated despite some improved pace from the Enstone team; who have been warned by engine suppliers Renault they may face sanctions if current unpaid bills are not addressed soon. Jean Eric Vergne faces an uphill struggle for the rest of the weekend, after being hit with a 10-place grid penalty for the unsafe pit release in FP2 that saw his Toro Rosso minus a right rear wheel on track.
Qualifying is at 13:00GMT.
CLASSIFICATION – FP3 – Spanish Grand Prix – 10th May 2014