Vettel tops third practice in wet/dry Australia

Vettel on Ultrasofts
Vettel on Ultrasofts

In the end it will be meaningless but Sebastian Vettel timed his fastest lap perfectly on a drying track in Melbourne to lead a Ferrari one-two in final practice for the Formula 1 season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

The Ferrari driver slapped on the ultrasoft tire in the dying seconds of the hour-long session that resulted in him going fastest at the flag with a 1m26.067s – more than two seconds clear of the rest of the field.

Because of the rain, most of the running was on intermediates on Saturday morning.

Teammate Kimi Raikkonen and Sauber's Marcus Ericsson were second and third quickest, having also run the ultrasoft right at the end of the session, while Max Verstappen was the best of those to have run the grooved Intermediates.

Wet conditions thanks to the morning thunderstorms meant the first 10 minutes was mostly exploratory running on the full wets.

Lance Stroll's running was limited by a gearbox repair and the Force Indias set no time.

FP3 Times

1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m26.067s 0.000s 15
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m28.499s 2.432s 13
3 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m28.890s 2.823s 14
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m31.680s 5.613s 8
5 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m33.172s 7.105s 11
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m34.043s 7.976s 14
7 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m34.174s 8.107s 14
8 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m34.225s 8.158s 7
9 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m34.233s 8.166s 15
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m34.298s 8.231s 13
11 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m34.990s 8.923s 16
12 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m35.438s 9.371s 16
13 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m35.589s 9.522s 16
14 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m35.828s 9.761s 8
15 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m36.171s 10.104s 6
16 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.448s 10.381s 12
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m36.807s 10.740s 7
18 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m38.482s 12.415s 8
19 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1
20 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1

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