Lewis Hamilton has turned the table on Friday fast-man Max Verstappen at his team’s home track by going fastest in final practice for the Styrian GP at the Red Bull Ring.
Hamilton’ lap of 1m04.369s in his #44 Mercedes was 0.204s faster than the best Verstappen could manage in his #33 Red Bull Honda.
Valtteri Bottas was 3rd in his #77 Mercedes 0.463s behind his teammate.
Clearly the battle for pole will only be between Hamilton and Verstappen. Bottas will want the highest grid slot possible, given he is carrying that three-place penalty drop.
Sergio Perez was 4th in the 2nd Red Bull Honda, 0.657s back, while rookie Yuki Tsunoda beat his Alpha Tauri teammate Pierre Gasly – 5th and 6th respectively.
Charles Leclerc, Fernando Alonso, Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel rounded out the top-10.
Aston Martin also had both cars in the top 10 – something they haven’t managed once this year in qualifying. They seem well placed to push on from their double points finish last time out, with little to choose between their two drivers.
One team very much at the wrong end of the timing sheet were McLaren. Lando Norris had a lap time deleted, Daniel Ricciardo aborted his flying effort, and they wound up with the youngster in P19 and the Honey Badger only just ahead in 17th.
Practice 3 Results
|1||Lewis Hamilton||GBR||Mercedes AMG Petronas||1m04.369s|
|2||Max Verstappen||NED||Red Bull Racing||1m04.573s|
|3||Valtteri Bottas||FIN||Mercedes AMG Petronas||1m04.832s|
|4||Sergio Perez||MEX||Red Bull Racing||1m05.026s|
|5||Yuki Tsunoda||JPN||Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda||1m05.150s|
|6||Pierre Gasly||FRA||Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda||1m05.298s|
|7||Charles Leclerc||MON||Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow||1m05.340s|
|8||Fernando Alonso||ESP||Alpine F1 Team||1m05.400s|
|9||Lance Stroll||CAN||Aston Martin Cognizant||1m05.445s|
|10||Sebastian Vettel||GER||Aston Martin Cognizant||1m05.492s.|
|11||Antonio Giovinazzi||ITA||Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen||1m05.556s|
|12||Esteban Ocon||FRA||Alpine F1 Team||1m05.676s|
|13||Carlos Sainz||ESP||Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow||1m05.698s|
|14||George Russell||GBR||Williams Racing||1m05.863s|
|15||Kimi Raikkonen||FIN||Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen||1m05.942s|
|16||Mick Schumacher||GER||Uralkali Haas F1 Team||1m05.992s|
|17||Daniel Ricciardo||AUS||McLaren F1 Team||1m06.116s|
|18||Nicholas Latifi||CAN||Williams Racing||1m06.119s|
|19||Lando Norris||GBR||McLaren F1 Team||1m06.654s|
|20||Nikita Mazepin||RUS||Uralkali Haas F1 Team||1m06.692s|