Leclerc leads Ferrari 1-2 in final Russian GP practice

Can Charles Leclerc win a 4th straight pole?
Can Charles Leclerc win a 4th straight pole?

Charles Leclerc led home a one-two for Ferrari with a time of 1m32.733s, topping the session by 0.316s from his teammate Sebastian Vettel.

Sandbagging Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas completed the top four, with Red Bull going for an alternate strategy in that final hour of running.

There doesn't seem to be much in it between the Mercedes drivers and Vettel – but no one has an answer to the pace of Leclerc so far.

His man challenger yesterday, Max Verstappen, struggled by comparison – the Dutchman had a solid run on the medium compound tire but couldn't set a representative lap time on the softs, first bouncing over the curbs and later spinning into the barriers.

Romain Grosjean split the Red Bulls as he took sixth for Haas ahead of Alex Albon, who like teammate Verstappen will drop five grid spots thanks to power unit changes. Fresh from the announcement of their move back to Mercedes power from 2021, McLaren saw Lando Norris taken ninth behind Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg. Kevin Magnussen completed the top 10 in the second Haas.

No Daniil Kvyat in qualifying which will have the Russian fans headed to the exits early today – the Russian was due to start from the back anyway due to grid penalties…he pulled over once again with engine issues, and the team have confirmed they are changing his Power Unit and thus, he will miss qualifying and start dead last.

Practice 3 Results

1 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari 1m32.733s
2 Sebastian Vettel GER Scuderia Ferrari +0.316s
3 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport +0.396s
4 Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport +0.621s
5 Max Verstappen NED Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda +1.494s
6 Romain Grosjean FRA Haas F1 Team +1.579s
7 Alexander Albon THA Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda +1.638s
8 Nico Hulkenberg GER Renault F1 Team +1.688s
9 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team +1.794s
10 Kevin Magnussen DEN Haas F1 Team +1.813s
11 Pierre Gasly FRA Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda +1.831s
12 Daniel Ricciardo AUS Renault F1 Team +1.853s
13 Carlos Sainz ESP McLaren F1 Team +1.874s
14 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Alfa Romeo Racing +2.033s
15 Sergio Perez MEX SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team +2.127s
16 Lance Stroll CAN SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team +2.165s
17 Kimi Raikkonen FIN Alfa Romeo Racing +2.991s
18 George Russell GBR ROKiT Williams Racing +3.278s
19 Daniil Kvyat RUS Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda +3.348s
20 Robert Kubica POL ROKiT Williams Racing +4.209s

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