FP3: Verstappen heads dominant Red Bull one-two in final practice

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F1 Grand Prix, GP United Kingdom, Silverstone Circuitgb

Max Verstappen topped the third and final practice for the British Grand Prix, beating his team mate Sergio Perez by over four tenths of a second. Ferrari's Charles Leclerc took third, but he was almost half a second behind his championship rival.

It was cloudy when the third practice kicked off, but the rain did not disrupt the final 60-minute session. It meant that the engineers and drivers could make up for the time they lost in the opening session due to the weather conditions.

The first part of the session saw the Mercedes and Ferrari drivers battle it out for the first place with Charles Leclerc heading the leaderboard early on. As usually in the final practice, reigning world champion Max Verstappen joined the action later on, but he quickly managed to fly to the top with his first hot lap.

Interestingly, Lewis Hamilton could improve on his fourth timed lap on his first set of soft tyres, demonstrating both the improvement of his Mercedes W13 and the durability of Pirelli's red-walled tyres on the cold Silverstone track.

When top drivers started to hurry out for their second run on a second fresh set of soft tyres, Max Verstappen posted a 1m27.901s to head into qualifying at as the man to beat. Although his team mate Sergio Perez appeared to struggle for the perfect aerodynamic balance early on, he managed to end up second fastest, albeit 0.410s adrift.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc ended up 0.447s down on his main title rival, ahead of the two Mercedes of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton in fourth and fifth. Carlos Sainz seemed to be a contender yesterday, but he lost the touch to the leading group, ending up only sixth fastest, 0.788s off the pace.

McLaren's Lando Norris and Alfa Romeo's Valtteri Bottas established themselves as the best of the rest. There was nothing to choose behind the Briton and the Finn with the 9th quickest Mick Schumacher being only three tenths of a second faster than the 16th fastest Lance Stroll.

Behind the extremly close midfield, the big surprise was AlphaTauri's Japanese driver Yuki Tsunoda and McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo, who ended up over two seconds adrift of Verstappen.

Williams racer Nicholas Latifi and Haas driver Kevin Magnussen rounded out the leaderboard in P19 and P20 respectively.


11Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Rbpt1:27.90118
211Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Rbpt1:28.311+0.410s21
316Charles LeclercFerrari1:28.348+0.447s21
463George RussellMercedes1:28.426+0.525s21
544Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:28.488+0.587s24
655Carlos SainzFerrari1:28.689+0.788s21
74Lando NorrisMclaren Mercedes1:29.102+1.201s20
877Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:29.185+1.284s20
947Mick SchumacherHaas Ferrari1:29.510+1.609s21
1014Fernando AlonsoAlpine Renault1:29.520+1.619s20
1131Esteban OconAlpine Renault1:29.552+1.651s24
125Sebastian VettelAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:29.593+1.692s25
1324Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:29.752+1.851s17
1423Alexander AlbonWilliams Mercedes1:29.780+1.879s22
1510Pierre GaslyAlphatauri Rbpt1:29.885+1.984s23
1618Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:29.892+1.991s26
1722Yuki TsunodaAlphatauri Rbpt1:30.039+2.138s22
183Daniel RicciardoMclaren Mercedes1:30.293+2.392s21
196Nicholas LatifiWilliams Mercedes1:30.489+2.588s16
2020Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:30.523+2.622s19