Aside from Ricciardo, the Alfa Romeo of Valtteri Bottas was also being held in the garage after a technical issue saw Bottas stop out on track during qualifying, and the team took to social media with this update:
Halfway through the session, Lando Norris joined his Aussie teammate in the pits with a brake issue. The team confirmed: “We’re investigating a brake system issue on Lando’s car which will require some time in the garage.
He had taken to the radio to say: “Something happened with the brake pedal into Turn 2. It happened again into the last corner.”
“We’re aiming to get back out before the end of the session.”
At this point out on track, Mercedes were showing promising pace even after earlier issues, with George Russell landing in the top spot with a 1:19.457s – now ahead of his teammate in third, with Perez in second in the Red Bull.
Later in the session, Charles Leclerc jumped to second and was 0.3s behind George Russell.
It’s also important to note that teams entered parc ferme after Qualifying yesterday. So, even though this was a practice session, there can be no further changes to the cars before the Sprint gets underway.
With five minutes left in the session, Lando Norris was back on track, but his teammate, Ricciardo had yet to leave the garage as the team continue to investigate issues.
George Russell remained at the top of the timesheet, while Sergio Perez moved back up to P2 with a time that was 0.1s slower than the Mercedes.