Valtteri Bottas will head into qualifying for this afternoon’s Tuscan Formula 1 Grand Prix confident of being able to claim pole position after sweeping all three practice sessions at the Mugello Circuit.
As he had done in both unofficial sessions on Friday, the Mercedes-AMG was fastest overall. This time, however, he was run much closer, with Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen and his own teammate Lewis Hamilton both in the mix. The top three was covered by less than one-tenth of a second at the end of the one-hour session.
Behind the top-three, Lance Stroll took his Racing Point Mercedes fourth-fastest. The Canadian was quicker than outgoing teammate Sergio Pérez, thanks in part to him being given all-new barge boards this weekend by dint of his better position in the Drivers’ Championship standings. Pérez was sixth-fastest, two-tenths of a second slower, with Italian Grand Prix winner Pierre Gasly – despite a trip through the run-off – claiming fifth place in his AlphaTauri Honda to split the pair.
Charles Leclerc was the last driver to get within one second of Bottas’ time and will be feeling confident he can get the Ferrari team into Q3 at its 1000th Grand Prix. That may not be the case for his outgoing teammate Sebastian Vettel, who was mired in P18 and a full six-tenths of a second slower.
Gasly’s teammate Daniil Kvyat was ninth-fastest in the sister AT01 while a late flying lap got his former teammate Alexander Albon into eighth in his Red Bull Racing Honda.
After missing out on valuable FP2 running with an electrical issue, Romain Grosjean placed his Haas Ferrari tenth-fastest. Teammate Kevin Magnussen was P15.
Neither McLaren nor Renault featured prominently on the timesheets. Esteban Ocon was the quickest of the Renault-powered quartet in eleventh-fastest, one spot ahead of Carlos Sainz’s McLaren. Their respective teammates Daniel Ricciardo (P17) and Lando Norris (P19) both comparatively struggled for pace and balance on lower-fuel runs.
The two Alfa Romeos were 13th- and 14th-fastest, with Antonio Giovinazzi narrowly outpacing teammate Kimi Räikkönen for the first time this weekend.
They finished ahead of Nicholas Latifi’s Williams, which did the Grove team’s sole running in the session after his teammate George Russell suffered a brake-by-wire failure on his out-lap and had to limp back to the pits.
|FORMULA 1 PIRELLI GRAN PREMIO DELLA TOSCANA FERRARI 1000 2020 – FREE PRACTICE SESSION 3|
|Driver||Team / Entry||Time||Gap||Laps|
|1.||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes-AMG F1 Team W11||1:16.530||17|
|2.||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing RB16||1:16.547||+ 0.017||10|
|3.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes-AMG F1 Team W11||1:16.613||+ 0.083||14|
|4.||Lance Stroll||Racing Point F1 Team RP20||1:17.112||+ 0.582||10|
|5.||Pierre Gasly||Scuderia AlfaTauri AT01||1:17.226||+ 0.696||14|
|6.||Sergio Pérez||Racing Point F1 Team RP20||1:17.341||+ 0.811||14|
|7.||Charles Leclerc||Scuderia Ferrari SF1000||1:17.488||+ 0.958||15|
|8.||Alexander Albon||Red Bull Racing RB16||1:17.538||+ 1.008||11|
|9.||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia AlfaTauri AT01||1:17.627||+ 1.097||17|
|10.||Romain Grosjean||Haas F1 Team VF-20||1:17.635||+ 1.105||19|
|11.||Esteban Ocon||Renault F1 Team R.S.20||1:17.746||+ 1.216||13|
|12.||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren F1 Team MCL35||1:17.768||+ 1.238||19|
|13.||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo Racing C39||1:17.812||+ 1.282||15|
|14.||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo Racing C39||1:17.843||+ 1.313||17|
|15.||Kevin Magnussen||Haas F1 Team VF-20||1:18.039||+ 1.509||17|
|16.||Nicholas Latifi||Williams Racing FW43||1:18.072||+ 1.542||16|
|17.||Daniel Ricciardo||Renault F1 Team R.S.20||1:18.142||+ 1.612||12|
|18.||Sebastian Vettel||Scuderia Ferrari SF1000||1:18.186||+ 1.656||15|
|19.||Lando Norris||McLaren F1 Team MCL35||1:18.826||+ 2.296||19|
|20.||George Russell||Williams Racing FW43||no time||1|
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