Surprise of Leclerc and Ferrari and a new rival for Verstappen

Better time for Charles followed by Vettel, with a few thousandths on Hamilton. Gasly, fourth, has outperformed Max in all three workouts.


The runway got wet at night, it dried up in the morning but it did not get to cool completely. An asphalt in constant improvement to which teams and riders had to face and from which, against all odds, came Ferrari winner. Leclerc made the fastest lap of the session, a 1: 25.9 that improves by eight tenths the lap times on Friday. Great work of Monegasque and especially of Maranello to recover the disadvantage to a lap that they accused the previous day. Second place for Vettel, only 26 thousandths of his talented teammate, who wants to start for another pole as in Austria.

Hamilton could not cut the tenth and a half of disadvantage in his last attempt, give the Mercedes in the first two sets and they do not recover enough in the curves of the third. Verstappen also goes around, between Lewis and Bottas, and the differences are not as great as could be expected in a long circuit, almost a minute and a half. However, to Max has appeared an opponent from under the stones: Gasly, for the third consecutive time this weekend, improved his teammate and finished with the fourth fastest time.

The surprise in the middle zone looked like Renault until that Lando Norris set a final lap with the McLaren that left him closer to Red Bull and Mercedes than could be expected. Carlos Sainz was not equal, with no luck to set the perfect lap in Libre 3 because he encountered traffic in the last set when he was improving his times with soft rubber. Before they tried the medium and it was not all bad.



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