Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Hartley to miss British GP qualifying after FP3 crash

Hamilton fastest in crash-shortened third practice			Images by Steve Etherington  LAT Hamilton fastest in crash-shortened third practice Images by Steve Etherington LAT
Cary Erickson | 09 July, 2018, 16:40

Meanwhile, New Zealander Brendon Hartley faces a race against time to have his Toro Rosso ready for qualifying after a suspension failure led to a big crash at turn 6.

The front left wheel of his vehicle lifted and skewed vertically as the suspension collapsed and he was left without control of the machine as it spun backwards heavily into the barriers.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton edged Kimi Raikkonen by less than one tenth of a second to set the fastest time in the session.

Toro Rosso now faces a race against time to fix Hartley's vehicle in time for qualifying, with just a two-hour gap between the end of the final practice session and the start of Q1.

Vettel completed only eight laps during the session and did not take part in the final minutes due to a "nuisance on his neck", as confirmed by Ferrari.

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The primary talking point of the session came just 14 minutes in when Hartley went off heavily into the barriers at Brooklands.

"He's a bit shocked, but OK", said Hartley's team mate Pierre Gasly, whose auto was thoroughly checked afterwards for signs of any similar suspension problem.

Hartley won't be alone in the pitlane when the light go off as he'll be lining up right behind Williams drivers Sergey Sirotkin and Lance Stroll whose cars were also revised after qualifying.

Gasly's early time, prior to Hartley's failure, left him 19th on the leaderboard.

Bottas finished up third fastest in the second Mercedes, more than half a second down on Raikkonen, while FP2 pacesetter Vettel was only fourth. Leclerc managed to remain seventh quickest, behind Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, but Ericsson dropped back to 10th behind Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean.