As he did in both practice session Friday, #33 Red Bull Honda driver Max Verstappen turned the fastest lap with a time of 1m30.577s to lead the final practice session for the Bahrain GP over Lewis Hamilton.
When Verstappen made his quick run it was over seven tenths up on Hamilton, who was sandbagging. That RB16B looks a dream to handle in the corners too, Verstappen able to carry so much more speed.
The session was run under the desert sun, which is not totally indicative of what we will see in qualifying as the track cools.
As for pole, last year that belonged to Hamilton who went on to win the race. His pole lap was a scintillating 1m 27.264s.
Pierre Gasly, Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez rounded out the top-5.
Mercedes are not helped by the fact that Bottas seems to be struggling out there. he hasn’t been as happy as Hamilton all weekend, and if he tried some set up changes for today, they didn’t look to have worked. He wound up fourth, well over a second back.
Practice 3 Results
|1||Max Verstappen||NED||Red Bull Racing||1m30.577s|
|2||Lewis Hamilton||GBR||Mercedes AMG Petronas||1m31.316s|
|3||Pierre Gasly||FRA||Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda||1m31.583s|
|4||Valtteri Bottas||FIN||Mercedes AMG Petronas||1m31.855s|
|5||Sergio Perez||MEX||Red Bull Racing||1m31.908s|
|6||Carlos Sainz||ESP||Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow||1m32.108s|
|7||Kimi Raikkonen||FIN||Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen||1m32.224s|
|8||Esteban Ocon||FRA||Alpine F1 Team||1m32.423s|
|9||Lance Stroll||CAN||Aston Martin Cognizant||1m32.431s|
|10||Daniel Ricciardo||AUS||McLaren F1 Team||1m32.477s|
|11||Charles Leclerc||MON||Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow||1m32.482s|
|12||Antonio Giovinazzi||ITA||Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen||1m32.500s|
|13||Yuki Tsunoda||JPN||Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda||1m32.709s|
|14||Sebastian Vettel||GER||Aston Martin Cognizant||1m32.755s|
|15||Fernando Alonso||ESP||Alpine F1 Team||1m32.820s|
|16||Lando Norris||GBR||McLaren F1 Team||1m32.860s|
|17||George Russell||GBR||Williams Racing||1m33.323s|
|18||Mick Schumacher||GER||Uralkali Haas F1 Team||1m33.422s|
|19||Nikita Mazepin||RUS||Uralkali Haas F1 Team||1m33.622s|
|20||Nicholas Latifi||CAN||Williams Racing||1m33.959s|