If final practice is any indicator then the battle for qualifying honours at the British Grand Prix will be a tightly-contested affair. Saturday’s third and final session saw the third different team at the top of the timesheets, with Scuderia Ferrari duo Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel claiming a 1-2 at the Silverstone circuit.

Five-time British Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton finished third-fastest in his Mercedes-AMG, with the Englishman’s fastest lap of the one-hour session just 0.049 seconds slower than Leclerc’s best effort of 1:25.905 posted late on.

Red Bull Racing teammates Pierre Gasly and Max Verstappen finished fourth- and fifth-fastest – the former outpaced the Austrian Grand Prix winner for the third session on the trot – while Saturday pace-setter Valtteri Bottas was sixth-fastest in the second Mercedes.

The early part of the session saw limited running as a light rain shower hit the circuit, with a few drivers venturing out onto the track on Intermediate tyres after the shower had passed.

Once conditions were suitable for a switch to slick tyres, the lap times tumbled in earnest with Hamilton and Bottas trading fastest times before both were usurped by Leclerc with nine minutes on the clock before he was joined by Vettel at the top of the timing screens.

Late flying laps by Gasly and Verstappen saw them split the Mercedes’, demoting Bottas to sixth-fastest.

McLaren’s Lando Norris continued his fine form this weekend, with his final flying lap proving good enough to vault him into seventh-fastest. The British youngster was the only driver outside the ‘big three’ teams to post a lap within one second of Leclerc.

The factory Renaults showed improved pace, with Daniel Ricciardo – running a new chassis following his engine failure on Friday – and teammate Nico Hülkenberg nicely placed in eighth and ninth respectively. Scuderia Toro Rosso rookie Alexander Albon also maintained his encouraging pace this weekend, completing the top ten.

Driver Team / Entry Time Gap Laps
1. Charles Leclerc Scuderia Ferrari SF90 1:25.905 16
2. Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Ferrari SF90 1:25.931 + 0.026 15
3. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes-AMG Motorsport W10 1:25.954 + 0.049 20
4. Pierre Gasly Red Bull Racing RB15 1:26.118 + 0.213 14
5. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RB15 1:26.440 + 0.535 13
6. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes-AMG Motorsport W10 1:26.456 + 0.551 19
7. Lando Norris McLaren F1 Team MCL34 1:26.689 + 0.784 14
8. Nico Hülkenberg Renault F1 Team RS19 1:26.945 + 1.040 16
9. Daniel Ricciardo Renault F1 Team RS19 1:26.965 + 1.060 14
10. Alexander Albon Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda STR14 1:26.976 + 1.071 16
11. Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing C38 1:27.036 + 1.131 15
12. Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren F1 Team MCL34 1:27.106 + 1.201 14
13. Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda STR14 1:27.108 + 1.203 17
14. Romain Grosjean Haas F1 Team VF-19 1:27.110 + 1.205 15
15. Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team VF-19 1:27.275 + 1.370 15
16. Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing C38 1:27.424 + 1.519 14
17. Lance Stroll Racing Point F1 Team RP19 1:27.544 + 1.639 13
18. Sergio Pérez Racing Point F1 Team RP19 1:27.598 + 1.693 11
19. George Russell ROKiT Williams Racing FW42 1:29.065 + 3.160 21
20. Robert Kubica ROKiT Williams Racing FW42 1:29.450 + 3.545 18

Image via Scuderia Ferrari

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.