Max fifth in final Montreal free practice

Published on 08 June 2019 by Stefan Meens

Max Verstappen finished the final free practice session of the Canadian Grand Prix in fifth place. Ferrari set the pace with Sebastian Vettel leading his team mate Charles Leclerc. The Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton occupied places three and four.

Raymond Vermeulen, Max’ manager, said afterwards: “Max was quite happy but we’re lacking in the third sector. I think we’ll have something extra in qualifying but fifth is probably where we’re at. We’ll see. We always knew Ferrari would be strong here with their powerful engine.”

At the start of the session, Max stays in the pits. In fact, the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing ace is the last driver to head out on track. When he eventually does go, it is on the medium Pirelli tyres. Max’ fastest effort on that compound grants him P5 at the session’s halfway mark.

Meanwhile, local hero Lance Stroll provides fireworks for his fans. Unfortunately for the Canadian, they result in a premature end to his FP3; Stroll’s Racing Point suffers an hydraulic leak, resulting in fire and smoke.

With fifteen minutes to go, it is time for qualifying simulations. Most driver bolt on the soft Pirellis and run low fuel levels in an attempt to set their fastest lap of the weekend thus far. In the end, it is Sebastian Vettel who outpaces his younger team mate Charles Leclerc, followed by Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. Red Bull Racing finish in fifth and sixth with Max once again quicker than team mate Pierre Gasly.

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Results third free practice Canada:

1Sebastian VettelVETFerrari1:10.843 19
2Charles LeclercLECFerrari1:10.982+0.139s17
3Lewis HamiltonHAMMercedes1:11.236+0.393s20
4Valtteri BottasBOTMercedes1:11.531+0.688s19
5Max VerstappenVERRed Bull Racing Honda1:11.842+0.999s15
6Pierre GaslyGASRed Bull Racing Honda1:11.914+1.071s19
7Daniel RicciardoRICRenault1:12.045+1.202s16
8Lando NorrisNORMcLaren Renault1:12.154+1.311s17
9Sergio PerezPERRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:12.175+1.332s17
10Daniil KvyatKVYScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:12.298+1.455s23
11Nico HulkenbergHULRenault1:12.305+1.462s17
12Kevin MagnussenMAGHaas Ferrari1:12.337+1.494s17
13Carlos SainzSAIMcLaren Renault1:12.399+1.556s21
14Alexander AlbonALBScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:12.423+1.580s20
15Antonio GiovinazziGIOAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:12.627+1.784s24
16Kimi RäikkönenRAIAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:12.708+1.865s19
17Romain GrosjeanGROHaas Ferrari1:13.197+2.354s11
18George RussellRUSWilliams Mercedes1:13.966+3.123s17
19Robert KubicaKUBWilliams Mercedes1:14.426+3.583s24
20Lance StrollSTRRacing Point BWT Mercedes---1