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Bottas leads Mercedes 1-2 in final British GP Practice
Valtteri Bottas quickest in practice until Hamilton beats him in qualifying
Valtteri Bottas quickest in practice until Hamilton beats him in qualifying

One knew it would not be long before the sandbagging Mercedes team would start to show their hand.  We say start because we will not see the true pace of the superior unbeatable Mercedes cars until qualifying for the British GP.

In cooler conditions Saturday morning at Silverstone Valtteri Bottas turned a lap of 1m25.873s to lead his teammate Lewis Hamilton by 0.138s.

Max Verstappen was third for Red Bull 0.3 sec off the pace.

Today saw Racing Point fall back slightly in the cooler temperatures that seem to favor their rivals. Nonetheless, Lance Stroll (4th this morning) looks there or thereabouts and could give Verstappen a run for his money later on in qualifying.

Carlos Sainz Jr. rounded out the top-5 for McLaren with Charles Leclerc 6th for Ferrari.

Sebastian Vettel in the 2nd Ferrari was only 14th, 1.3 sec off the pace.  There were rumors Ferrari was sabotaging his car on Friday (to ensure Leclerc was faster) and Saturday that appeared to continue. There was something "loose" in his cockpit yesterday that led to a change of pedals in FP2, and he had engine problems all day. The German was been back on the radio complaining again that something isn't quite right Saturday morning. He was in the pits as the team investigated.

Practice 3 Results

177Valtteri BottasMercedes1:25.873+0.000s18
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:26.011+0.138s21
333Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda1:26.173+0.300s15
418Lance StrollRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:26.576+0.703s13
555Carlos Sainz Jr.McLaren Renault1:26.664+0.791s22
616Charles LeclercFerrari1:26.771+0.898s19
74Lando NorrisMcLaren Renault1:26.798+0.925s22
83Daniel RicciardoRenault1:26.841+0.968s14
927Nico HulkenbergRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:26.872+0.999s14
1010Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri Honda1:27.046+1.173s19
1126Daniil KvyatAlphaTauri Honda1:27.076+1.203s17
1231Esteban OconRenault1:27.158+1.285s15
1323Alexander AlbonRed Bull Racing Honda1:27.178+1.305s9
145Sebastian VettelFerrari1:27.251+1.378s20
158Romain GrosjeanHaas Ferrari1:27.537+1.664s17
1663George RussellWilliams Mercedes1:27.738+1.865s16
1799Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:27.825+1.952s15
1820Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:27.860+1.987s15
197Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:27.976+2.103s19
206Nicholas LatifiWilliams Mercedes1:28.112+2.239s15
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