Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, Monza, 2019

Vettel leads very close final practice session

2019 Italian Grand Prix third practice

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Sebastian Vettel led a close final practice session at Monza, with Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes covered by a tenth of a second.

The start of the session was delayed by 10 minutes due to track repairs at Parabolica following the major crash at the end of the Formula 3 race. The sausage kerb at the exit of the corner was removed, and several drivers had lap times deleted for straying beyond the track limits.

On a dry track, Vettel lowered the best time of the weekend so far to a 1’20.294. Max Verstappen demonstrated the potential of Honda’s upgraded power unit by lapping just three-hundredths of a second slower, however his power unit change penalty means the Red Bull driver will start the race from the rear of the grid.

Valtteri Bottas made it three different cars in the top three, lapping a tenth of a second off Vettel. Charles Leclerc matched his time to within one thousandth of a second, but was classified fourth as Bottas set his time first.

Both Renaults showed good pace in low downforce trim. Daniel Ricciardo managed to squeeze Lewis Hamilton out of the top five, while Nico Hulkenberg backed him up in seventh. Alexander Albon was eighth for Red Bull.

The top 10 was completed by Antonio Giovinazzi and Daniil Kvyat.

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Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1’20.294 14
2 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1’20.326 0.032 11
3 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1’20.403 0.109 23
4 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1’20.403 0.109 14
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1’20.564 0.270 11
6 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’20.595 0.301 21
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1’20.752 0.458 13
8 23 Alexander Albon Red Bull-Honda 1’20.827 0.533 17
9 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1’20.881 0.587 15
10 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Honda 1’20.945 0.651 20
11 55 Carlos Sainz Jnr McLaren-Renault 1’20.949 0.655 21
12 11 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 1’21.003 0.709 15
13 10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso-Honda 1’21.073 0.779 22
14 4 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1’21.292 0.998 21
15 7 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1’21.325 1.031 19
16 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1’21.336 1.042 16
17 8 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1’21.621 1.327 16
18 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1’21.639 1.345 17
19 63 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1’22.374 2.080 22
20 88 Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 1’22.758 2.464 21

Third practice visual gaps

Sebastian Vettel – 1’20.294

+0.032 Max Verstappen – 1’20.326

+0.109 Valtteri Bottas – 1’20.403

+0.109 Charles Leclerc – 1’20.403

+0.270 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’20.564

+0.301 Lewis Hamilton – 1’20.595

+0.458 Nico Hulkenberg – 1’20.752

+0.533 Alexander Albon – 1’20.827

+0.587 Antonio Giovinazzi – 1’20.881

+0.651 Daniil Kvyat – 1’20.945

+0.655 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’20.949

+0.709 Sergio Perez – 1’21.003

+0.779 Pierre Gasly – 1’21.073

+0.998 Lando Norris – 1’21.292

+1.031 Kimi Raikkonen – 1’21.325

+1.042 Kevin Magnussen – 1’21.336

+1.327 Romain Grosjean – 1’21.621

+1.345 Lance Stroll – 1’21.639

+2.080 George Russell – 1’22.374

+2.464 Robert Kubica – 1’22.758

Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Fri/Sat diff Total laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1’30.507 1’21.179 1’20.294 -0.885 72
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1’30.100 1’21.350 1’20.326 -1.024 51
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1’30.596 1’21.347 1’20.403 -0.944 68
4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1’27.905 1’20.978 1’20.403 -0.575 71
5 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1’34.528 1’22.249 1’20.564 -1.685 57
6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’28.730 1’21.046 1’20.595 -0.451 64
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1’35.133 1’22.338 1’20.752 -1.586 60
8 Alexander Albon Red Bull-Honda 1’29.025 1’21.589 1’20.827 -0.762 66
9 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1’32.848 1’23.065 1’20.881 -2.184 72
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Honda 1’29.960 1’22.260 1’20.945 -1.315 82
11 Carlos Sainz Jnr McLaren-Renault 1’28.211 1’22.482 1’20.949 -1.533 78
12 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 1’22.882 1’21.003 -1.879 52
13 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso-Honda 1’30.695 1’22.124 1’21.073 -1.051 90
14 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1’28.450 1’23.561 1’21.292 -2.269 60
15 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1’22.523 1’21.325 -1.198 58
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1’34.715 1’22.511 1’21.336 -1.175 65
17 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1’35.980 1’22.153 1’21.621 -0.532 67
18 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1’33.976 1’22.706 1’21.639 -1.067 58
19 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1’38.421 1’24.313 1’22.374 -1.939 57
20 Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 1’37.816 1’23.737 1’22.758 -0.979 62

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4 comments on “Vettel leads very close final practice session”

  1. 0.5s covering the top 10? This is sure to be much different later today.

    Expect Mercedes to chop nearly 1s out. Ferrari maybe the same. RBR big question mark due to Honda’s new party mode according to Marko.

    Of course I am making that prediction based on the past, and that means nothing actually. With the new rear wings and larger DRS effect, everything can change. In the past, when Mercedes turned their 50+ BHP mode on, they usually gained that extra second.

    Any bets?

    1. I’ll bet that both Ferrari and Merc are sandbagging, no way Renault are that close.

  2. Imagine this was Q.

  3. Geez!! What’s with the Renaults?

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