Verstappen eighth in third Bahrain free practice
Published on 30 March 2019 by Kees-Jan Koster
Max Verstappen set the eighth time in the third and final Bahrain free practice. During this last session in daylight, drivers did not make a lot of laps. Verstappen only drove ten laps. With a time of 1:30.959 on the softest tyre compound, Max clearly did not show his hand. Both Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel ended in first and second position, with more than six tenths ahead of Lewis Hamilton.
Under a clear blue sky, the third free practice on the Bahrain International Circuit gets underway. It is the last time this weekend that the drivers will be able to drive in daylight, as both qualifying and the race will start after sunset. So the drivers are waiting patiently before leaving the pits. After the first fifteen minutes only both Ferraris and both Alfa Romeos have set a time.
Halfway the third free practice, Max enters the track for the first time, with soft tyres on the RB15. The Dutchman sets 1:30.959 in his first flying lap, immediately claiming first position. After five laps Verstappen returns to his team.
A little while later Charles Leclerc improves Max’ time (1:29.569), with Ferrari teammate Vettel only a fraction behind. Max comes out on track during the final phase on a fresh set of soft tyres. After two quick sector times, Max slows down and does not improve his time. So Max ends in P8 with 10 laps driven. Again the practice is dominated by Ferrari, with Leclerc quickest, followed closely by Vettel. Lewis Hamilton ends in third, more than seven tenths behind Leclerc.
|5||Romain Grosjean||GRO||Haas Ferrari||1:30.818||+1.249s||14|
|7||Lando Norris||NOR||McLaren Renault||1:30.955||+1.386s||15|
|8||Max Verstappen||VER||Red Bull Racing Honda||1:30.959||+1.390s||10|
|9||Carlos Sainz||SAI||McLaren Renault||1:30.965||+1.396s||14|
|10||Daniil Kvyat||KVY||Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda||1:31.173||+1.604s||17|
|11||Kimi Räikkönen||RAI||Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari||1:31.333||+1.764s||21|
|12||Pierre Gasly||GAS||Red Bull Racing Honda||1:31.392||+1.823s||13|
|13||Kevin Magnussen||MAG||Haas Ferrari||1:31.540||+1.971s||13|
|14||Lance Stroll||STR||Racing Point BWT Mercedes||1:31.618||+2.049s||16|
|15||Sergio Perez||PER||Racing Point BWT Mercedes||1:31.638||+2.069s||9|
|17||Alexander Albon||ALB||Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda||1:31.679||+2.110s||17|
|18||Antonio Giovinazzi||GIO||Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari||1:32.132||+2.563s||21|
|19||George Russell||RUS||Williams Mercedes||1:33.387||+3.818s||14|
|20||Robert Kubica||KUB||Williams Mercedes||1:33.525||+3.956s||13|