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Bottas fends off Verstappen in final Mugello practice

by Matt Beer
2 min read

Valtteri Bottas maintained his edge in practice for Formula 1’s Tuscan Grand Prix at Mugello on Saturday morning, but with Max Verstappen right on his tail.

Red Bull driver Verstappen had initially interrupted Mercedes duo Bottas and Lewis Hamilton’s 1-2 formation by getting between their early soft-tyred times on his second flying lap on a set of mediums in the middle of the session.

Friday pacesetter Bottas then raised the bar to a 1m16.530s on his final run, seven tenths of a second better than his previous mark, with Hamilton following him with a lap just 0.083s adrift.

But Verstappen still had an attack with soft tyres to come and got to within 0.017s of Bottas, despite a brush with the grass in the final sector.

Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez put Racing Point fourth and sixth, split by Monza winner Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri – which had a late trip across the grass and gravel.

Ferrari had one car in a promising position ahead of qualifying for the race partly named in its honour, with Charles Leclerc seventh, though team-mate Sebastian Vettel was only 18th with a time 0.7s slower.

There was also a big time gap between the Red Bulls – Alex Albon a second off Verstappen in 10th ahead of Daniil Kvyat and a strong run from Romain Grosjean.

George Russell’s Williams failed to set a time at all due to brake problems.

Practice 3 Results

Pos Name Car Best Time Gap Leader
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m16.53s
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1m16.547s +0.017s
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m16.613s +0.083s
4 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1m17.112s +0.582s
5 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 1m17.226s +0.696s
6 Sergio Pérez Racing Point-Mercedes 1m17.341s +0.811s
7 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m17.488s +0.958s
8 Alex Albon Red Bull-Honda 1m17.538s +1.008s
9 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri-Honda 1m17.627s +1.097s
10 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m17.635s +1.105s
11 Esteban Ocon Renault 1m17.746s +1.216s
12 Carlos Sainz McLaren-Renault 1m17.768s +1.238s
13 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m17.812s +1.282s
14 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m17.843s +1.313s
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m18.039s +1.509s
16 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1m18.072s +1.542s
17 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m18.142s +1.612s
18 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m18.186s +1.656s
19 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1m18.826s +2.296s
20 George Russell Williams-Mercedes
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