Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen set the best time of the weekend to end up fastest in the third and final practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix. The Ferrari duo of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz delivered another promising performance to finish in P3 and P4 respectively.
The first minutes of the session went by without a single car rolling out on to the Barcelona track. When the track action got under way, drivers were divided in terms of the tyre compounds on their first run.
Mercedes quickly laid down the benchmark on the red-walled soft compound with Lewis Hamilton edging his team mate Valtteri Bottas. Max Verstappen was unable to keep up with the initial pace of the Mercedes cars, but he finally managed to register a promising lap time following his struggles in yesterday’s afternoon’s session.
Ferrari’s two drivers, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz were the first to head out on to the 4.675km Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on the second set of fresh tyres. Continuing to impress with their pace, both of them set quick lap time with the Monegasque ending up third and the home hero fourth fastest at the end of the session.
Bottas was unable to improve his previous best lap time, and his team mate found it also difficult to go quicker than his own benchmark. However, Hamilton went for a second hot lap after a cool-down tour around the Barcelona circuit and improved the benchmark to 1m18.070.
Joining the qualifying simulations’ party a bit out of synch, Verstappen nailed his first flying lap on his second set of fresh red-walled tyres, registering the fastest lap of the weekend with a 1m17.835. In contrast to the Dutchman’s pace, his team mate Sergio Perez was unable to pick up the pace and ended up tenth fastest.
The biggest loser was the Alpine Team which only finished eleventh and thirteenth fastest with Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon. McLaren and Alfa Romeo delivered the biggest lift in form with Lando Norris, Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Räikkönen all finishing in the top nine.
Using the closing stages of the session, Ferrari was the only team to perform multipe practice starts. Thereafter, Leclerc and Sainz used the last minutes to carry out race run simulation.
|1||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing Honda||1:17.835||-||11|
|6||4||Lando Norris||Mclaren Mercedes||1:18.494||+0.659s||14|
|7||10||Pierre Gasly||Alphatauri Honda||1:18.535||+0.700s||17|
|8||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Mclaren Mercedes||1:18.582||+0.747s||21|
|9||7||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari||1:18.597||+0.762s||18|
|10||11||Sergio Perez||Red Bull Racing Honda||1:18.606||+0.771s||16|
|11||14||Fernando Alonso||Alpine Renault||1:18.662||+0.827s||18|
|12||22||Yuki Tsunoda||Alphatauri Honda||1:18.673||+0.838s||21|
|13||31||Esteban Ocon||Alpine Renault||1:18.700||+0.865s||15|
|14||18||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin Mercedes||1:18.877||+1.042s||18|
|15||63||George Russell||Williams Mercedes||1:19.005||+1.170s||17|
|16||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari||1:19.214||+1.379s||19|
|17||5||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin Mercedes||1:19.363||+1.528s||18|
|18||6||Nicholas Latifi||Williams Mercedes||1:19.392||+1.557s||16|
|19||47||Mick Schumacher||Haas Ferrari||1:19.999||+2.164s||17|
|20||9||Nikita Mazepin||Haas Ferrari||1:20.237||+2.402s||15|