FP3 Imola: A final glimpse of performance ahead of Qualifying this afternoon
After a manic day of Practice on Friday, the drivers and teams returned to the track this morning in Imola for one final hour ahead of Qualifying at 1:00 pm.
Mercedes dominated both Practice sessions yesterday, coming away with the fastest laps, however, today the world champions didn’t have such luck with Hamilton third fastest followed by Bottas in eighth.
A number of issues slowed the charging bulls on Friday, however, Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez came back with a bang this morning, both landing impressive laps times throughout the session.
Verstappen came away quickest while Perez was fourth fastest when the timer ran out.
At the halfway mark, racing resumed and saw Verstappen going quickest – three tenths ahead of his teammate Perez in second at this point.
The Dutchman’s time at the top was short-lived after his lap time was deleted, lifting Bottas into the top spot once again with a lap time of 1:15.9s – two tenths quicker than Verstappen with 25 minutes to go.
Hamilton then kicked things up a notch with 15 minutes left, crossing the line in 1:15.5s – lifting his W12 into the top spot on the timesheets.
At the end of this morning’s running, however, Verstappen had resumed his spot at the top with a lap in 1:14.9s, followed closely by the McLaren of Lando Norris – marking a stark improvement in performance for the Woking-based team this weekend.
Free Practice comes to an end, Lando finishes P2, Daniel P13.