FP3: Leclerc and Ferrari increase advantage

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Azerbaijan, Baku Street Circuitaz

Charles Leclerc and Ferrari have increased their advantage after an already dominant display on Friday. This time around, both Ferraris were more than a second clear of Max Verstappen who was third fastest.

In a remarkably incident free session it was particularly Mercedes who were underwhelming. As both Bottas and Hamilton were around 1.5s slower than the Ferraris, their deficit to the scarlet leaders increased from just 0.7s on Friday.

In fact, both Mercedes were only just fast enough to stay ahead of a close midfield pack, led by Daniil Kvyat in 6th. Magnussen, Albon, Perez and Raikkonen completed the top 10.

This meant no Renault-powered cars in the top 10 as neither McLaren nor the Renault F1 Team managed to get any car up there.

At the very back there's Williams again, though it was Pierre Gasly who ended up slowest of all. The French Red Bull driver was focused on race preparation as he is set not to take part in qualifying, resulting from a penalty that will see him start Sunday's race from the pitlane due to missing the weight bridge during one of Friday's practice sessions.

Results

Pos.No.DriverCarTimeGapLaps
116Charles LeclercFerrari1:41.604-14
25Sebastian VettelFerrari1:41.802+0.198s14
333Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda1:42.852+1.248s16
477Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:43.064+1.460s19
544Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:43.176+1.572s17
626Daniil KvyatScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:43.223+1.619s18
720Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:43.294+1.690s19
823Alexander AlbonScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:43.300+1.696s19
911Sergio PerezRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:43.430+1.826s15
107Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:43.537+1.933s19
113Daniel RicciardoRenault1:43.561+1.957s20
1299Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:43.637+2.033s20
134Lando NorrisMcLaren Renault1:43.924+2.320s20
1455Carlos SainzMcLaren Renault1:43.978+2.374s19
1518Lance StrollRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:44.039+2.435s16
1627Nico HulkenbergRenault1:44.043+2.439s19
178Romain GrosjeanHaas Ferrari1:44.374+2.770s16
1888Robert KubicaWilliams Mercedes1:46.000+4.396s19
1963George RussellWilliams Mercedes1:46.290+4.686s20
2010Pierre GaslyRed Bull Racing Honda1:47.836+6.232s22