Toro Rosso losing "crazy" time on the straights - Gasly

Hartley unharmed as massive shunt halts FP3			Image courtesy of Toro Rosso

Hartley unharmed as massive shunt halts FP3 Image courtesy of Toro Rosso

During practice for the British Grand Prix, the pilot Toro Rosso Brendon Hartley was not able to finish his series.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has secured pole.

He was 0.093 seconds faster than Ferrari's Raikkonen and 0.642 better than Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.

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.

The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top six, but only after an unexpected challenge from the Sauber of star rookie Charles Leclerc.

After this point, the Directorate has suspended the session, and the track arrived ambulance.

The New Zealander's Toro Rosso auto suffered a front suspension and steering failure at the end of Wellington Straight 14 minutes into the one hour session.

Hartley's wheel was pushed upwards and his STR13 skated across the gravel and caught some air before he slammed into the barriers on the outside of the corner.

Miraculously, the 28-year-old emerged from his destroyed vehicle, and walked away without significant injury.

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

Toro Rosso now faces a race against time to fix Hartley's auto in time for qualifying, with just a two-hour gap between the end of the final practice session and the start of Q1. Hartley has been cleared for qualifying, if the mechanics can get his auto ready.

Marcus Ericsson capped an encouraging session for Sauber by rounding out the top 10, in front of Force India duo Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez, with Fernando Alonso the lead McLaren driver in 13th spot.

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