Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Sochi Autodrom, 2019

Leclerc heads Ferrari one-two in final practice

2019 Russian Grand Prix third practice

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Charles Leclerc kept Ferrari on top in final practice for the Russian Grand Prix as Max Verstappen had a scruffy end to the session.

Leclerc was the only driver to break the 93-second barrier in the final hour of running. He and Sebastian Vettel headed out for their final runs on soft tyres together, but Vettel was over four-tenths of a second slower than his team mate. Vettel subsequently improved his time to secure a Ferrari one-two ahead of qualifying.

Lewis Hamilton was dismayed by his deficit to Leclerc earlier in the session, asking his team “We’re still 1.1 [seconds] behind on time?” Told that was the case, Hamilton replied: “I don’t know where we find that time.”

He found most of that time before the end of the session, but was almost four tenths of a second shy of Leclerc once the chequered flag came out. Valtteri Bottas backed him up in second place, just over two-tenths of a second behind.

Verstappen, who like all the Honda-powered drivers has a grid penalty for this race, spent much of the session on the medium compound tyres. He switched to softs for a final run but aborted his first run after hitting the turn three apex kerb hard enough to launch his RB15 into the air.

His next run was no better – Verstappen spun in the third sector and pitted. “I think I just touched the outside barrier,” he told the team as he came in.

He nonetheless out-paced team mate Alexander Albon, who ended the session seventh, the Red Bull pair separated by Romain Grosjean. Both Haas drivers ended the session in the top 10 despite driving different configurations of the VF-19 – Kevin Magnussen again in the newer specification car.

Nico Hulkenberg took ninth place ahead of Lando Norris, while Pierre Gasly was squeezed out of the top 10 by Magnussen. His team mate Daniil Kvyat suffered another power unit failure, which Honda subsequently confirmed means he will have another fresh ‘spec four’ unit fitted.

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Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
116Charles LeclercFerrari1’32.73314
25Sebastian VettelFerrari1’33.0490.31615
344Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’33.1290.39619
477Valtteri BottasMercedes1’33.3540.62118
533Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda1’34.2271.49412
68Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’34.3081.57517
723Alexander AlbonRed Bull-Honda1’34.3711.63821
827Nico HulkenbergRenault1’34.4211.68813
94Lando NorrisMcLaren-Renault1’34.5271.79415
1020Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1’34.5461.81315
1110Pierre GaslyToro Rosso-Honda1’34.5641.83116
123Daniel RicciardoRenault1’34.5861.85314
1355Carlos Sainz JnrMcLaren-Renault1’34.6071.87418
1499Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’34.7662.03315
1511Sergio PerezRacing Point-Mercedes1’34.8602.1277
1618Lance StrollRacing Point-Mercedes1’34.8982.16516
177Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’35.7142.98119
1863George RussellWilliams-Mercedes1’36.0113.27818
1926Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Honda1’36.0813.3484
2088Robert KubicaWilliams-Mercedes1’36.9424.20919

Third practice visual gaps

Charles Leclerc – 1’32.733

+0.316 Sebastian Vettel – 1’33.049

+0.396 Lewis Hamilton – 1’33.129

+0.621 Valtteri Bottas – 1’33.354

+1.494 Max Verstappen – 1’34.227

+1.575 Romain Grosjean – 1’34.308

+1.638 Alexander Albon – 1’34.371

+1.688 Nico Hulkenberg – 1’34.421

+1.794 Lando Norris – 1’34.527

+1.813 Kevin Magnussen – 1’34.546

+1.831 Pierre Gasly – 1’34.564

+1.853 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’34.586

+1.874 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’34.607

+2.033 Antonio Giovinazzi – 1’34.766

+2.127 Sergio Perez – 1’34.860

+2.165 Lance Stroll – 1’34.898

+2.981 Kimi Raikkonen – 1’35.714

+3.278 George Russell – 1’36.011

+3.348 Daniil Kvyat – 1’36.081

+4.209 Robert Kubica – 1’36.942

Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.

PosDriverCarFP1FP2FP3Fri/Sat diffTotal laps
1Charles LeclercFerrari1’34.4621’33.4971’32.733-0.76467
2Sebastian VettelFerrari1’35.0051’34.2011’33.049-1.15267
3Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’35.4111’33.9601’33.129-0.83173
4Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda1’34.5441’33.1621’34.227+1.06566
5Valtteri BottasMercedes1’35.1981’33.8081’33.354-0.45468
6Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’36.5161’35.5931’34.308-1.28571
7Alexander AlbonRed Bull-Honda1’35.4841’35.2161’34.371-0.84561
8Nico HulkenbergRenault1’35.7401’35.0261’34.421-0.60567
9Lando NorrisMcLaren-Renault1’36.8441’35.2231’34.527-0.69678
10Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1’36.5961’35.3511’34.546-0.80562
11Pierre GaslyToro Rosso-Honda1’36.5381’34.9711’34.564-0.40767
12Daniel RicciardoRenault1’36.2871’35.3701’34.586-0.78462
13Carlos Sainz JnrMcLaren-Renault1’36.5231’35.6351’34.607-1.02875
14Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’37.3281’36.0041’34.766-1.23862
15Sergio PerezRacing Point-Mercedes1’36.3211’34.9981’34.860-0.13865
16Lance StrollRacing Point-Mercedes1’36.7141’35.1761’34.898-0.27873
17Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Honda1’38.5501’35.3371’36.081+0.74447
18Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’36.7701’35.3741’35.714+0.3475
19George RussellWilliams-Mercedes1’38.5201’36.7851’36.011-0.77483
20Robert KubicaWilliams-Mercedes1’38.6701’37.8381’36.942-0.89684

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3 comments on “Leclerc heads Ferrari one-two in final practice”

  1. 4 engine failures in 3GPs for Dani, what is going on?

  2. Still using the new fov onboard on Bottas, I love it some onboards might benefit from it. unfortunately the weekend director has arrived. Can’t see the track, can’t see the corners, great job, fom, years on this. zoomy and shaky. ruining f1 for a decade.

  3. I cant believe that honda engine expired in 2 practice sessions, 2015 all over again.

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