After topping the 2nd practice session Friday, Ferrari's Charles Leclerc was again on top when the 3rd and final practice session ended for the Austrian GP Saturday morning.
The top-4 drivers were all within 1/4 sec. of Leclerc's fast lap of 1m03.987s.
Lewis Hamilton came closest just 0.143s behind and he has to be considered the favorite for pole in his #44 Mercedes.
His teammate Valtteri Bottas was third quick while the 2nd Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel was 0.263 sec behind his teammate in 4th.
Max Verstappen rounded out the top-5 for Red Bull Honda just under 1/2 sec. back.
Pierre Gasly was over one second behind in the 2nd Red Bull, winding up seventh overall behind McLaren's Lando Norris.
Consolidating McLaren's good form in FP3 was Carlos Sainz Jr., who took eighth, while Antonio Giovinazzi and Daniil Kvyat rounded out the top 10.
Leclerc showed a good turn of pace in FP2 but in a topsy turvy session, it was hard to tell if that was genuine. But based on today, it certainly is – and the driver from Monaco must be considered a pole contender.
Practice 3 Results
|1||Charles Leclerc||MON||Scuderia Ferrari||1m03.987s|
|2||Lewis Hamilton||GBR||Mercedes AMG Petronas||+0.143s|
|3||Valtteri Bottas||FIN||Mercedes AMG Petronas||+0.234s|
|4||Sebastian Vettel||GER||Scuderia Ferrari||+0.263s|
|5||Max Verstappen||NED||Red Bull Racing Honda||+0.459s|
|6||Lando Norris||GBR||McLaren F1 Team||+0.999s|
|7||Pierre Gasly||FRA||Red Bull Racing Honda||+1.165s|
|8||Carlos Sainz Jr.||ESP||McLaren F1 Team||+1.232s|
|9||Antonio Giovinazzi||ITA||Alfa Romeo Racing||+1.349s|
|10||Daniil Kvyat||RUS||Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda||+1.404s|
|11||Alexander Albon||THA||Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda||+1.494s|
|12||Nico Hulkenberg||GER||Renault F1 Team||+1.527s|
|13||Kimi Raikkonen||FIN||Alfa Romeo Racing||+1.527s|
|14||Sergio Perez||MEX||SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team||+1.536s|
|15||Romain Grosjean||FRA||Rich Energy Haas F1 Team||+1.633s|
|16||Lance Stroll||CAN||SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team||+1.663s|
|17||Daniel Ricciardo||AUS||Renault F1 Team||+1.891s|
|18||Kevin Magnussen||DEN||Rich Energy Haas F1 Team||+2.030s|
|19||George Russell||GBR||ROKiT Williams Racing||+2.689s|
|20||Robert Kubica||POL||ROKiT Williams Racing||+3.497s|