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Canadian GP: Verstappen pips Ferrari drivers in FP3

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Canadian GP: Verstappen pips Ferrari drivers in FP3
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Jun 9, 2018, 4:10 PM

Max Verstappen topped the third free practice session ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix, making it a hat-trick of fastest times for the Red Bull ace across the Montreal weekend.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W09
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF71H
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB14
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB14
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG F1 W09
Esteban Ocon, Force India VJM11
Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren MCL33
Sergio Perez, Force India VJM11
Charles Leclerc, Sauber C37
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1 W09
Lance Stroll, Williams FW41
Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team VF-18
Charles Leclerc, Sauber C37
Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren MCL33

Verstappen, who topped both sessions yesterday, unleashed a 1m11.599s on hypersoft tyres with 13 minutes remaining to top the timesheet.

That beat Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel by 0.049s, despite none of Verstappen's three sectors being the fastest overall.

World championship leader Lewis Hamilton could only manage the fourth fastest time, as Mercedes seemingly failed to master its balance on the hypersoft – ending up a tenth away from Verstappen.

Ferrari went straight for the hypersoft tyre from the start of the session, with Kimi Raikkonen setting the early pace on 1m12.359s, then Vettel usurped him on 1m12.235s on his seventh lap on these tyres.

Mercedes started on ultrasofts, with Hamilton building up to 1m12.598s, and Valtteri Bottas on a 1m12.666s. Hamilton then topped that on his ninth lap, jumping to second on 1m12.301s, and only 0.066s off Vettel's then-fastest hypersoft time.

Red Bull followed the Mercedes approach, with Daniel Ricciardo working down to 1m12.838s on ultrasofts. Verstappen shot straight to third on 1m12.552s also on ultras, and chipped away to a 1m12.435s.

Having encountered some sensor issues, Ricciardo then switched to the hypersoft, unleashing a 1m12.451s to run fifth but ran wide passing a Williams. A second run later on yielded a 1m12.153s.

Vettel took another set of hypersofts, improving to 1m12.300s despite catching a Sauber at the chicane. On his second lap, he lowered the P1 bar to 1m11.648s.

Ferrari identified an issue on Raikkonen's car, which required some feverish mid-session work at the rear of his machine, but he rejoined to set 1m11.763s on hypersofts. He then got within 0.002s of Vettel's time with 1m11.650s, that would stand to be the third-fastest time.

Neither Hamilton nor Bottas used the hypersofts on Friday, thanks to having only five sets available for the weekend. Bottas managed 1m12.357s on his first lap on the rubber with 20 minutes remaining, and improved later to 1m12.255s.

Hamilton followed suit, and took two warm-up laps before recording a 1m11.706s – despite the fastest first sector overall. He struggled to improve after that, and missed the apex at Turn 9.

Hamilton ended the session fourth, ahead of Ricciardo and Bottas – who were both over half a second off the leading pace.

Sergio Perez was best of the rest for Force India, ahead of Renault's Nico Hulkenberg, the Haas of Romain Grosjean and McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne.

Vandoorne suffered a huge lock-up at Turn 3 early in the session, and was forced to take a trip down the escape road and perform a five-point turn to rejoin.

Esteban Ocon was 11th for Force India, ahead of Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley. The latter had a scare when he happened across a touring Mercedes at the chicane, and was forced to straightline. He followed that up with a big lock-up into Turn 1, which he also cut.

Fernando Alonso was only 13th fastest for McLaren, two tenths off Vandoorne, with Carlos Sainz 14th, four tenths off Renault teammate Hulkenberg and admitted: "We struggled with everything."

Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly, Charles Leclerc (Sauber), Kevin Magnussen (Haas), Sergey Sirotkin (Williams), Marcus Ericsson (Sauber) and Lance Stroll (Williams) rounded out the field.

ClaDriverChassisEngineLapsTimeGap
1 netherlands Max Verstappen  Red Bull TAG 14 1'11.599  
2 germany Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari Ferrari 22 1'11.648 0.049
3 finland Kimi Raikkonen  Ferrari Ferrari 21 1'11.650 0.051
4 united_kingdom Lewis Hamilton  Mercedes Mercedes 23 1'11.706 0.107
5 australia Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull TAG 29 1'12.153 0.554
6 finland Valtteri Bottas  Mercedes Mercedes 27 1'12.255 0.656
7 mexico Sergio Perez  Force India Mercedes 16 1'12.903 1.304
8 germany Nico Hulkenberg  Renault Renault 21 1'12.946 1.347
9 france Romain Grosjean  Haas Ferrari 16 1'13.014 1.415
10 belgium Stoffel Vandoorne  McLaren Renault 21 1'13.034 1.435
11 france Esteban Ocon  Force India Mercedes 18 1'13.064 1.465
12 new_zealand Brendon Hartley  Toro Rosso Honda 24 1'13.076 1.477
13 spain Fernando Alonso  McLaren Renault 19 1'13.225 1.626
14 spain Carlos Sainz  Renault Renault 22 1'13.331 1.732
15 france Pierre Gasly  Toro Rosso Honda 19 1'13.334 1.735
16 monaco Charles Leclerc  Sauber Ferrari 19 1'13.452 1.853
17 denmark Kevin Magnussen  Haas Ferrari 21 1'13.488 1.889
18 russia Sergey Sirotkin  Williams Mercedes 18 1'13.818 2.219
19 sweden Marcus Ericsson  Sauber Ferrari 20 1'13.925 2.326
20 canada Lance Stroll  Williams Mercedes 17 1'13.968 2.369
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Event Canadian GP
Location Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve
Author Charles Bradley