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F1 SAKHIR GP: VERSTAPPEN HEADS BOTTAS IN FP3

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F1 SAKHIR GP FP3 – Full final practice results for the Sakhir Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, round 16 of the 2020 F1 world championship season.

Max Verstappen set the pace in final practice ahead of qualifying for the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain, with Valtteri Bottas second and Friday pacesetter George Russell only seventh.

Verstappen took top spot from Bottas by two tenths of a second with 10 minutes remaining.

The Mercedes drivers completed their qualifying simulation runs a few minutes earlier than the Red Bull, leaving the pits on their fresh sets of soft tyres with 18 minutes left.

Bottas comfortably held the edge over Russell, although the Finn left some time on the table by going wide at the final corner.

Russell tried to go for another quick time after a couple of cool-down laps, but he locked up at the first corner and had to abandon the attempt.

2020 F1 SAKHIR GRAND PRIX – FREE PRACTICE RESULTS (3)

POSDRIVERNAT.TEAMTIME
1Max VerstappenNEDAston Martin Red Bull Racing0:54.064
2Valtteri BottasFINMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team0:54.270
3Pierre GaslyFRAScuderia AlphaTauri Honda0:54.427
4Esteban OconFRARenault F1 Team0:54.453
5Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team0:54.606
6Alexander AlbonTHAAston Martin Red Bull Racing0:54.629
7George RussellGBRMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team0:54.664
8Sergio PerezMEXBWT Racing Point F1 Team0:54.678
9Lance StrollCANBWT Racing Point F1 Team0:54.693
10Carlos SainzSPAMcLaren F1 Team0:54.720
11Antonio GiovinazziITAAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen0:54.845
12Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia AlphaTauri Honda0:54.850
13Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari0:54.854
14Daniel RicciardoAUSRenault F1 Team0:54.857
15Sebastian VettelGERScuderia Ferrari0:54.858
16Kimi RaikkonenFINAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen0:55.171
17Kevin MagnussenDENHaas F1 Team0:55.347
18Nicholas LatifiCANWilliams Racing0:55.493
19Pietro FittipaldiBRAHaas F1 Team0:55.666
20Jack AitkenGBRWilliams Racing0:55.670

The gap between the Mercedes drivers was big enough to enable star midfield runners Pierre Gasly, Esteban Ocon and Lando Norris to get between them, as well as the second Red Bull of Alex Albon in sixth.

Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll and Carlos Sainz Jr completed the top 10.

One of the notable drivers missing from the top half of the field was Daniel Ricciardo, whose qualifying simulation effort was ruined with a lock-up at Turn 1 and a messy, sparking run across a big kerb through the middle sector, which left him down in 14th place.

That put him just behind the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc, who suffered a spin at the final corner just as the chequered flag came out to end the session.

Leclerc’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel ended his session early when Ferrari decided to change his engine ahead of qualifying. The German was classified 15th.

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