F1: Verstappen over Hamilton in Practice 3

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen marked himself as favorite to win pole for the Spanish GP at Barcelona with a lap of 1m17.835s in final F1 practice Saturday morning.

Verstappen finished ahead of the two Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton who was 0.235s behind the Dutchman.

Charles Leclerc put his #16 Ferrari in third 0.473s back while his teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. was 4th 0.575s behind the Red Bull Honda.

Valtteri Bottas rounded out the top-5 in the 2nd Mercedes.

Bottas and Leclerc

Bottas, Hamilton and now Verstappen. The honors have been evenly split across the three sessions so far, which makes qualifying an incredibly enticing prospect.

But certainly this morning, the Dutchman finally put those small mistakes behind him and looks a very formidable opponent here today.

This could well be the tightest qualifying of the season so far – and the pressure is most certainly on.

McLaren and AlphaTauri are also in the mix for the midfield honors, and the good news for the papaya team is that both their drivers are right up there. Norris wound up sixth, Ricciardo eighth and again, it was a tenth between the two of them.
Somehow, Gasly managed to split the pair in seventh despite the fine margins.
Raikkonen and Perez rounded out the top 10, which left Aston Martin and yesterday’s surprise package Alpine out in the cold. But Alpine could well be holding something back in reserve, and they did have good pace yesterday in FP2 which was in representative conditions for qualifying.

Practice 3 Results

1 Max Verstappen NED Red Bull Racing 1m17.835s +0.000s 11
2 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas Team 1m18.070s +0.235s 14
3 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow 1m18.308s +0.473s 17
4 Carlos Sainz ESP Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow 1m18.410s +0.575s 18
5 Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas Team 1m18.423s +0.588s 15
6 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team 1m18.494s +0.659s 14
7 Pierre Gasly FRA Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1m18.535s +0.700s 17
8 Daniel Ricciardo AUS McLaren F1 Team 1m18.582s +0.747s 21
9 Kimi Raikkonen FIN Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen 1m18.597s +0.762s 18
10 Sergio Perez MEX Red Bull Racing 1m18.606s +0.771s 16
11 Fernando Alonso ESP Alpine F1 Team 1m18.662s +0.827s 18
12 Yuki Tsunoda JPN Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1m18.673s +0.838s 21
13 Esteban Ocon FRA Alpine F1 Team 1m18.700s +0.865s 15
14 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Cognizant Team 1m18.887s +1.042s 18
15 George Russell GBR Williams Racing 1m19.005s +1.170s 17
16 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen 1m19.214s +1.379s 19
17 Sebastian Vettel GER Aston Martin Cognizant Team 1m19.363s +1.528s 18
18 Nicholas Latifi CAN Williams Racing 1m19.392s +1.557s 16
19 Mick Schumacher GER Uralkali Haas F1 Team 1m19.999s +2.164s 17
20 Nikita Mazepin RUS Uralkali Haas F1 Team 1m20.237s +2.402s 15