F1 PORTUGUESE FINAL PRACTICE BOTTAS LEADS
Full final practice results for the Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit, round 12 of the 2020 F1 world championship season.
F1 Portuguese final practice : Valtteri Bottas topped the third practice session ahead of the Portuguese Grand Prix, which was was red flagged just before its scheduled conclusion.
The Mercedes driver moved to the top of the times with 24 minutes remaining in FP3, and he held onto the position when the expected improvements from the final runs didn’t come.
Just as the session was winding down, the red flags were shown due to a loose drain on the exit of Turn 14 towards the end of the lap, which was run over by Sebastian Vettel.
Several drivers asked their engineers why they weren’t going faster, with Carlos Sainz Jr and Max Verstappen among those told that the lack of improvements were probably down to the wind.
2020 F1 PORTUGUESE GRAND PRIX – FREE PRACTICE RESULTS (3)
|1||Valtteri Bottas||FIN||Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team||1m 16.654|
|2||Lewis Hamilton||GBR||Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team||1m 16.680|
|3||Max Verstappen||NED||Aston Martin Red Bull Racing||1m 16.812|
|4||Pierre Gasly||FRA||Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda||1m 16.930|
|5||Alexander Albon||THA||Aston Martin Red Bull Racing||1m 17.117|
|6||Charles Leclerc||MON||Scuderia Ferrari||1m 17.229|
|7||Carlos Sainz||SPA||McLaren F1 Team||1m 17.238|
|8||Sergio Perez||MEX||BWT Racing Point F1 Team||1m 17.297|
|9||Lando Norris||GBR||McLaren F1 Team||1m 17.478|
|10||Esteban Ocon||FRA||Renault F1 Team||1m 17.666|
|11||Sebastian Vettel||GER||Scuderia Ferrari||1m 17.685|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||RUS||Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda||1m 17.720|
|13||Kimi Raikkonen||FIN||Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen||1m 17.922|
|14||Daniel Ricciardo||AUS||Renault F1 Team||1m 17.935|
|15||George Russell||GBR||Williams Racing||1m 18.032|
|16||Lance Stroll||CAN||BWT Racing Point F1 Team||1m 18.100|
|17||Antonio Giovinazzi||ITA||Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen||1m 18.201|
|18||Kevin Magnussen||DEN||Haas F1 Team||1m 18.287|
|19||Nicholas Latifi||CAN||Williams Racing||1m 18.397|
|20||Romain Grosjean||FRA||Haas F1 Team||1m 18.554|
Verstappen, who had a lap time deleted for track limits that would have put him second in the session, said “it must be a hurricane then!”.
Lewis Hamilton was second to his Mercedes team-mate Bottas, just 0.026 seconds slower, while Verstappen’s deleted lap would have put the Red Bull just 0.005s behind the Finn.
Hamilton had a low-speed trip through the gravel at Turn 8 around the same time Bottas went quickest.
Verstappen’s best lap that stayed within track limits was only 0.156s slower than Bottas to put him third, while ex-Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly was next up for AlphaTauri, using a new chassis after his fire on Friday.
That put the Frenchman ahead of under-pressure Red Bull driver Alex Albon who was fifth, and the only other driver inside half a second of Bottas’s pace.
Charles Leclerc, was sixth-fastest, and towards the end of the session he reported a bizarre incident of being able to hear Lewis Hamilton’s team radio through his own system.
Carlos Sainz Jr, Sergio Perez, Lando Norris and Esteban Ocon completed the top 10.
Vettel was just outside the top 10 in 11th, while Daniel Ricciardo was only 14th for Renault after suffering a DRS failure late in the session.
However, with so few improvements in the final part of the session, it’s unlikely Ricciardo would have made a big leap up the order with a clean end to the session.
F1 PORTUGUESE FINAL PRACTICE BOTTAS LEADS SESSION FROM HAMILTON F1 PORTUGUESE FINAL PRACTICE BOTTAS LEADS SESSION FROM HAMILTON
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