Sports Writing, Aug 1 (EFE) .- The Finn Valtteri Bottas and the British Lewis Hamilton, the World Cup leader, placed Mercedes in a dominant position in the third free practice session of the British Formula One Grand Prix.
In the last round before the qualifying session that this Saturday will order the starting grid for the Sunday race, Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton took a step forward. They improved compared to Free 1 and 2 and for the first time left Mercedes in front.
The drop in temperatures on the Silverstone circuit – with 19 degrees in the environment, 29 on the asphalt – propelled the silver arrows. Valtteri Bottas completed his best lap in 1: 25.873 and took his teammate 138 thousandths.
Behind them, the Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull), the Canadian Lance Stroll (Racing Point) and the Spanish Carlos Sainz (McLaren).
Ferrari watched the progress of its rivals while attending the discreet performance of the Monegasque Charles Leclerc, who was sixth (+0.898), and the German Sebastian Vettel, who finished the round in fourteenth position (+1.378).
Just ahead of him ended the Thai Alexander Albon, who had problems with his Red Bull and went out on the track with 14 minutes to go until the end of the session looking to rediscover the good feelings he left on Friday, until his Free accident 2.
– Classification of the third free practice session at the British GP:
1.Valtteri Bottas (FIN / Mercedes) 1: 25.8732.Lewis Hamilton (GBR / Mercedes) + 0.1383.Max Verstappen (HOL / Red Bull) + 0.3004.Lance Stroll (CAN / Racing Point) + 0.7035.Carlos Sainz (ESP / McLaren) + 0.7916.Charles Leclerc (MON / Ferrari) + 0.8987.Lando Norris (GBR / McLaren) + 0.9258.Daniel Ricciardo (AUS / Renault) + 0.9689.Nico Hülkenberg (ALE / Racing Point) + 0.99910.Pierre Gasly (FRA /AlphaTauri)+1.17311.Daniil Kvyat (RUS / AlphaTauri) + 1.20312.Esteban Ocon (FRA / Renault) + 1.28513.Alexander Albon (TAI / Red Bull) + 1.30514.Sebastian Vettel (ALE / Ferrari) + 1.37815.Romain Grosjean ( FRA / Haas) + 1.66416.George Russell (GBR / Williams) + 1.86517.Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA / Alfa Romeo) + 1.95218.Kevin Magnussen (DIN / Haas) + 1.98719.Kimi Raikkonen (FIN / Alfa Romeo) + 2.10320.Nicholas Latifi (CAN / Williams) +2.239
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