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Everything that happened in final British GP F1 practice

by Matt Beer
2 min read

Max Verstappen and Red Bull moved clearly ahead in final practice ahead of British Grand Prix qualifying at Silverstone.

Key moments

– Red Bull 1-2 with Verstappen half a second clear of Leclerc
– Both Mercedes in top five
– Weather stays dry for now

Though Ferrari – which had led Friday with Carlos Sainz – topped the early running in a session that was windy and sometimes slightly drizzly but basically dry, when Verstappen eventually did a proper flying lap he immediately went fastest near the session’s halfway point.

Charles Leclerc couldn’t topple Verstappen when he did his next qualifying-style run, though he did get within 0.002 seconds.

And then when the Red Bulls came back out, first Verstappen pulled 0.447s clear of Leclerc with a 1m27.901s laps, then his team-mate Sergio Perez – who had been very unhappy with the car on Friday – slotted into second, 0.410s behind.

Mercedes wasn’t as close to the front as it had been on Friday, but did get both cars in the top five, George Russell fourth ahead of Lewis Hamilton, and Sainz’s Ferrari behind both.

Lando Norris also continued his strong home form in seventh, a striking 11 places and 1.2s ahead of McLaren team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

Mick Schumacher had a good run for Haas, placing ninth between the Alfa Romeo of Valtteri Bottas and the Alpine of Fernando Alonso. There has a big performance gap at Haas too – Kevin Magnussen slowest of all, a second off Schumacher and unhappy with his set-up.

Alex Albon hinted that his upgraded Williams might just have a Q2 shot by going 14th, with the struggling AlphaTauris among those behind him.

Practice 3 Results

Pos Name Car Best Time Gap Leader
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1m27.901s
2 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1m28.311s +0.41s
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m28.348s +0.447s
4 George Russell Mercedes 1m28.426s +0.525s
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m28.488s +0.587s
6 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1m28.689s +0.788s
7 Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 1m29.102s +1.201s
8 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m29.185s +1.284s
9 Mick Schumacher Haas-Ferrari 1m29.51s +1.609s
10 Fernando Alonso Alpine-Renault 1m29.52s +1.619s
11 Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 1m29.552s +1.651s
12 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin-Mercedes 1m29.593s +1.692s
13 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m29.752s +1.851s
14 Alex Albon Williams-Mercedes 1m29.78s +1.879s
15 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Red Bull 1m29.885s +1.984s
16 Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes 1m29.892s +1.991s
17 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Red Bull 1m30.039s +2.138s
18 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren-Mercedes 1m30.293s +2.392s
19 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1m30.489s +2.588s
20 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m30.523s +2.622s
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