The forecasted rains hit the Hockenheim circuit in time for Saturday’s final practice session at the German Grand Prix.
In a one-hour session with little meaningful running and few drivers wanting to risk damaging their cars ahead of qualifying, Sauber teammates Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson gave the Swiss outfit a 1-2 lockout on the session’s time sheets.
Only nine drivers bothered to post a lap time in a very quiet FP3 session, which had a half-hour stint where no one attempted to head out onto the slippery Hockenheim circuit.
The Sauber team, at what amounts to their home Grand Prix, claimed a 1-2 result in the end, with Leclerc claiming top spot by over four-tenths of a second from teammate Ericsson.
Williams rookie Sergey Sirotkin finished third-fastest ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. The Toro Rosso duo of Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley were fifth and sixth respectively, ahead of Nico Hülkenberg, Kimi Räikkönen and Lance Stroll.
Hülkenberg spent much of the session as the sole driver to post a lap time, with the Renault driver sitting at the top of the time sheets until the final ten minutes of the session.
Track conditions were still tricky, however, as Gasly, Vettel and Stroll all had spins. Earlier on, Carlos Sainz Jr. provided some excitement by pirhouetting his Renault exiting Turn 10.
The German Grand Prix’s qualifying session – which is also forecast to be rain-affected – takes place at 15:00 local time (GMT +2).
|FORMULA 1 EMIRATES GROSSER PREIS VON DEUTSCHLAND 2018 – FREE PRACTICE SESSION 3 TIMES|
|Driver||Team / Entry||Time||Gap||Laps|
|1.||Charles Leclerc||Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C37||1:34.577||8|
|2.||Marcus Ericsson||Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C37||1:35.000||+ 0.423||9|
|3.||Sergey Sirotkin||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW41||1:35.334||+ 0.757||9|
|4.||Sebastian Vettel||Scuderia Ferrari SF71H||1:35.573||+ 0.996||5|
|5.||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda STR13||1:35.659||+ 1.082||6|
|6.||Brendon Hartley||Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda STR13||1:36.151||+ 1.574||6|
|7.||Nico Hülkenberg||Renault Sport F1 Team RS18||1:36.873||+ 2.296||4|
|8.||Kimi Räikkönen||Scuderia Ferrari SF71H||1:37.755||+ 3.178||4|
|9.||Lance Stroll||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW41||1:38.393||+ 3.816||7|
|10.||Romain Grosjean||Haas F1 Team Ferrari VF-18||no time||2|
|11.||Kevin Magnussen||Haas F1 Team Ferrari VF-18||no time||2|
|12.||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer RB14||no time||1|
|13.||Fernando Alonso||McLaren F1 Team Renault MCL33||no time||1|
|14.||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren F1 Team Renault MCL33||no time||2|
|15.||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer RB14||no time||1|
|16.||Carlos Sainz Jr||Renault Sport F1 Team RS18||no time||2|
|17.||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport F1W09||no time||2|
|18.||Esteban Ocon||Force India F1 Team Mercedes VJM11||no time||2|
|19.||Sergio Pérez||Force India F1 Team Mercedes VJM11||no time||1|
|20.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport F1W09||no time||2|
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