Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, Paul Ricard, 2018

Bottas quickest as rain spoils final practice session

2018 French Grand Prix third practice

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Valtteri Bottas kept Mercedes on top in the final practice session for the French Grand Prix but heavy rain meant little meaningful running was completed.

Rain began to fall as the session began which meant only the handful of runners who left the pits immediately were able to set times before the track conditions deteriorated. They were led by Bottas, who missed much of yesterday’s second practice session due to a water leak.

With a few minutes the track was fully wet and all the drivers had returned to the track.

When it became clear the conditions were not going to improve a handful of drivers took to the track on full wet tyres. They were led by Fernando Alonso.

The Sauber and Williams drivers also ventured out, but found the conditions extremely treacherous and had several off-track moments while lapping a long way off dry-weather pace.

Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
177Valtteri BottasMercedes1’33.6663
255Carlos Sainz JnrRenault1’34.9531.2873
316Charles LeclercSauber-Ferrari1’35.0121.3465
414Fernando AlonsoMcLaren-Renault1’36.3652.6994
55Sebastian VettelFerrari1’36.7563.0905
62Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren-Renault1’37.5473.8814
710Pierre GaslyToro Rosso-Honda1’38.3174.6515
89Marcus EricssonSauber-Ferrari1’38.4504.7843
911Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1’39.6415.9754
103Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’39.7386.0723
1131Esteban OconForce India-Mercedes1’40.0876.4214
1244Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’40.7437.0773
137Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’49.71116.0453
1418Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes2’02.39928.7334
1535Sergey SirotkinWilliams-Mercedes2’04.09330.4275

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Third practice visual gaps

Valtteri Bottas – 1’33.666

+1.287 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’34.953

+1.346 Charles Leclerc – 1’35.012

+2.699 Fernando Alonso – 1’36.365

+3.090 Sebastian Vettel – 1’36.756

+3.881 Stoffel Vandoorne – 1’37.547

+4.651 Pierre Gasly – 1’38.317

+4.784 Marcus Ericsson – 1’38.450

+5.975 Sergio Perez – 1’39.641

+6.072 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’39.738

+6.421 Esteban Ocon – 1’40.087

+7.077 Lewis Hamilton – 1’40.743

Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.

PosDriverCarFP1FP2FP3Fri/Sat diffTotal laps
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’32.2311’32.5391’40.743+8.51255
2Valtteri BottasMercedes1’32.3711’34.1561’33.666+1.29539
3Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’32.5271’33.2431’39.738+7.21159
4Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’33.0031’33.4261’49.711+16.70855
5Sebastian VettelFerrari1’33.1721’33.6891’36.756+3.58459
6Max VerstappenRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’33.3311’33.27142
7Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’33.3181’33.69953
8Pierre GaslyToro Rosso-Honda1’33.6851’34.5351’38.317+4.63263
9Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1’33.7191’36.0801’39.641+5.92243
10Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1’34.1081’34.45757
11Carlos Sainz JnrRenault1’34.2581’35.0861’34.953+0.69561
12Fernando AlonsoMcLaren-Renault1’34.8621’34.4001’36.365+1.96548
13Esteban OconForce India-Mercedes1’34.4841’35.7051’40.087+5.60343
14Charles LeclercSauber-Ferrari1’34.5131’35.5831’35.012+0.49959
15Marcus EricssonSauber-Ferrari1’34.5921’38.450+3.85824
16Brendon HartleyToro Rosso-Honda1’34.6641’35.69759
17Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes1’34.8811’35.9362’02.399+27.51866
18Nico HulkenbergRenault1’34.9931’35.06756
19Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren-Renault1’35.0211’35.1721’37.547+2.52656
20Sergey SirotkinWilliams-Mercedes1’35.1051’35.9702’04.093+28.98865

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7 comments on “Bottas quickest as rain spoils final practice session”

  1. The rain wasn’t supposed to hit the track during any session this weekend, but it still happened, LOL. A sudden big swing in weather conditions in less than 24 hours after FP2 with bright sunny conditions. A little Deja Vu-feeling to Monza last season.

    1. Just another rain-hope and nothing happens at the end…

  2. Let’s pray the rain remains for qualifying. Although, it most probably won’t.

    1. Lol the way so many people like the mix of rain and F1 (not me) you’d think the title would have said ‘Bottas quickest as rain enhances final practice session.’ How come it spoils a practice session and yet is so hoped for?;)

    2. @mashiat Definitely no. Race, I wouldn’t mind as much, but qualifying session I definitely always want to be entirely dry so that we could see the full potential of any given season’s cars on any given circuit lap time-wise.

  3. Looks like it will be dry, sun is beating down and I can see the dry line on the track at T12 – T14.

    1. Ben Rowe (@thegianthogweed)
      23rd June 2018, 14:42

      The worrying thing is that if they go out on normal tyres, if they go a fraction wide onto the wet line, that is it probably. Not sure what they will do.

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