Report – Scuderia Ferrari had mixed fortunes in the third free practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso was third fastest, while Kimi Raikkonen’s session came to a premature end with a technical problem.

Fernando completed a total of 12 laps, the best in a time of 1.34.439, set on the Medium tyres, the softer of the two Pirelli compounds in use here. Kimi however only managed five laps before stopping with a problem that meant the team changed the power unit as a precautionary measure prior to qualifying. His best time, set on Hard tyres, was a 1.35.995, good enough for 12th fastest come the end of the 60 minutes.

FP3 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m33.228s 14
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m34.210s 0.982s 10
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m34.439s 1.211s 12
4 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m34.564s 1.336s 12
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m35.061s 1.833s 16
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m35.086s 1.858s 13
7 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m35.251s 2.023s 16
8 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m35.494s 2.266s 8
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m35.538s 2.310s 17
10 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m35.549s 2.321s 16
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m35.732s 2.504s 15
12 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m35.995s 2.767s 5
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m36.365s 3.137s 8
14 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.407s 3.179s 22
15 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m36.460s 3.232s 6
16 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m36.558s 3.330s 19
17 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m36.617s 3.389s 12
18 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.626s 3.398s 20
19 Marcus Ericsson Caterham/Renault 1m37.367s 4.139s 12
20 Max Chilton Marussia/Ferrari 1m37.883s 4.655s 17
21 Jules Bianchi Marussia/Ferrari 1m38.102s 4.874s 15
22 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham/Renault 1m38.784s 5.556s 12

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