Lewis Hamilton’s fastest Max Verstappen as Red Bull hit back in third practice – fr

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Lewis Hamilton’s fastest Max Verstappen as Red Bull hit back in third practice – fr




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Jenson Button returns to FP3 and analyzes Max Verstappen’s lead.

Jenson Button returns to FP3 and analyzes Max Verstappen’s lead.

Max Verstappen has proven that Red Bull is right in trying to end Mercedes’ long domination of the Spanish GP qualifying by narrowly edging Lewis Hamilton in a hugely competitive final practice session in Barcelona.

As suspected, Verstappen’s ninth place on Friday was the ultimate red herring after the Dutchman edged Hamilton two-tenths of a second on Saturday morning with a fastest lap of 1: 17.835.

Verstappen has now passed all three practice sessions three this season, although his conversion rate for pole position in qualifying is currently one in three. Mercedes has won all of the Barcelona poles since 2013.

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“It’s great to see,” said Jenson Button of Sky F1 during the Red Bull-Mercedes duel. “Yesterday we were wondering where Red Bull was, and today Max has just had a nice lap. But there is still time in the last sector for him. But the same goes for Lewis, neither of them made it through the last sector. “

“The two are very, very close in lap time, so a great fight today. “

The top two got half a second in third place, with Valtteri Bottas only fifth after failing to reunite his lap on soft tires and slip behind the quick and improved Ferraris. Charles Leclerc finished third with his teammate Carlos Sainz fourth.

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Lando Norris managed to avoid being trapped in the gravel at the same turn where Robert Kubica’s practice ended

Lando Norris managed to avoid being trapped in the gravel at the same turn where Robert Kubica’s practice ended

As less than a second covered the top 13 cars over the 2.9-mile lap, the midfield group was only 0.4 seconds apart with a host of teams ready to fight for them. positions of Q3.

Lando Norris finished sixth despite a trip to the Turn 10 gravel trap as McLaren advanced from where he was on Friday, with AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly seventh ahead of Daniel Ricciardo’s other McLaren.

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Kimi Raikkonen’s training suffered a setback after being punctured in P3

Kimi Raikkonen’s training suffered a setback after being punctured in P3

Kimi Raikkonen was the surprise interpreter of the session in ninth position for Alfa Romeo, just eight tenths of a second off Verstappen’s pace and ahead of the other Red Bull of Sergio Perez, who was adrift of his teammate’s pace so far this weekend.

Qualifying starts at 2 p.m., with Sky Sports F1 starting at 1 p.m., at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Spanish GP timesheet

Driver Team Time
1) Max Verstappen Red Bull 1: 17,835
2) Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +0,235
3) Charles Leclerc Ferrari +0,473
4) Carlos Sainz Ferrari +0,575
5) Valtteri Bottas Mercedes +0,588
6) Lando Norris McLaren +0,659
7) Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri +0,700
8) Daniel Ricciardo McLaren +0,747
9) Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo +0,762
10) Sergio Perez Red Bull +0,771
11) Fernando Alonso Alpin +0.827
12) Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri +0,838
13) Esteban Ocon Alpin +0,865
14) spear walk Aston Martin +1,042
15) George Russell Williams +1,170
16) Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo +1,379
17) Sébastien Vettel Aston Martin +1,528
18) Nicolas Latifi Williams +1,557
19) Mick Schumacher Haas +2,164
20) Nikita Mazepin Haas +2.402

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