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.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
15Sebastian VettelFerrari1’20.29414
233Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda1’20.3260.03211
377Valtteri BottasMercedes1’20.4030.10923
416Charles LeclercFerrari1’20.4030.10914
53Daniel RicciardoRenault1’20.5640.27011
644Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’20.5950.30121
727Nico HulkenbergRenault1’20.7520.45813
823Alexander AlbonRed Bull-Honda1’20.8270.53317
999Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’20.8810.58715
1026Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Honda1’20.9450.65120
1155Carlos Sainz JnrMcLaren-Renault1’20.9490.65521
1211Sergio PerezRacing Point-Mercedes1’21.0030.70915
1310Pierre GaslyToro Rosso-Honda1’21.0730.77922
144Lando NorrisMcLaren-Renault1’21.2920.99821
157Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’21.3251.03119
1620Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1’21.3361.04216
178Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’21.6211.32716
1818Lance StrollRacing Point-Mercedes1’21.6391.34517
1963George RussellWilliams-Mercedes1’22.3742.08022
2088Robert KubicaWilliams-Mercedes1’22.7582.46421

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.

PosDriverCarFP1FP2FP3Fri/Sat diffTotal laps
1Sebastian VettelFerrari1’30.5071’21.1791’20.294-0.88572
2Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda1’30.1001’21.3501’20.326-1.02451
3Valtteri BottasMercedes1’30.5961’21.3471’20.403-0.94468
4Charles LeclercFerrari1’27.9051’20.9781’20.403-0.57571
5Daniel RicciardoRenault1’34.5281’22.2491’20.564-1.68557
6Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’28.7301’21.0461’20.595-0.45164
7Nico HulkenbergRenault1’35.1331’22.3381’20.752-1.58660
8Alexander AlbonRed Bull-Honda1’29.0251’21.5891’20.827-0.76266
9Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’32.8481’23.0651’20.881-2.18472
10Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Honda1’29.9601’22.2601’20.945-1.31582
11Carlos Sainz JnrMcLaren-Renault1’28.2111’22.4821’20.949-1.53378
12Sergio PerezRacing Point-Mercedes1’22.8821’21.003-1.87952
13Pierre GaslyToro Rosso-Honda1’30.6951’22.1241’21.073-1.05190
14Lando NorrisMcLaren-Renault1’28.4501’23.5611’21.292-2.26960
15Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’22.5231’21.325-1.19858
16Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1’34.7151’22.5111’21.336-1.17565
17Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’35.9801’22.1531’21.621-0.53267
18Lance StrollRacing Point-Mercedes1’33.9761’22.7061’21.639-1.06758
19George RussellWilliams-Mercedes1’38.4211’24.3131’22.374-1.93957
20Robert KubicaWilliams-Mercedes1’37.8161’23.7371’22.758-0.97962

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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. Geez!! What’s with the Renaults?

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