F1: Verstappen over Hamilton in final GP of Portugal practice

In a session that saw many drivers spin on the slippery track asphalt, Red Bull Honda’s Max Verstappen turned a lap of 1m18.489s to top final practice for the GP of Portugal at Algarve.

Chief 2021 title rival Lewis Hamilton was 2nd fastest for Mercedes 0.236s behind the Dutchman.

Valtteri Bottas was 3rd quick in the 2nd Mercedes 0.331s back.

Sergio Perez in the 2nd Red Bull Honda (+0.351s) and Esteban Ocon (+0.371s) in his Alpine Renault rounded out the top-5.

So, advantage Verstappen? With the pole neck and neck between the Dutchman and Hamilton, it’s anyone’s guess.

Washed up Sebastian Vettel was so slow his Aston Martin ended behind the slug Haas of Mick Schumacher and the slug Williams of George Russell.

Next up is qualifying.

Practice 3 Results

1 Max Verstappen NED Red Bull Racing 1m18.489s
2 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas Team 1m18.725s
3 Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas Team 1m18.820s
4 Sergio Perez MEX Red Bull Racing 1m18.840s
5 Esteban Ocon FRA Alpine F1 Team 1m18.860s
6 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow 1m19.001s
7 Carlos Sainz ESP Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow 1m19.050s
8 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team 1m19.272s
9 Pierre Gasly FRA Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1m19.374s
10 Kimi Raikkonen FIN Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen 1m19.415s
11 Yuki Tsunoda JPN Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1m19.485s
12 Daniel Ricciardo AUS McLaren F1 Team 1m19.582s
13 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen 1m19.588s
14 Fernando Alonso ESP Alpine F1 Team 1m19.949s
15 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Cognizant Team 1m20.007s
16 Mick Schumacher GER Uralkali Haas F1 Team 1m20.033s
17 George Russell GBR Williams Racing 1m20.127s
18 Sebastian Vettel GER Aston Martin Cognizant Team 1m20.214s
19 Nicholas Latifi CAN Williams Racing 1m20.681s
20 Nikita Mazepin RUS Uralkali Haas F1 Team 1m20.690s