Verstappen fifth in final Red Bull Ring free practice

Published on 29 June 2019 by Kees-Jan Koster

Max Verstappen set the fifth time in the third free practice for the Austrian Grand Prix. The Dutchman made a total of 18 laps with 1:04.446 as quickest time, less than half a second slower than the Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc, who set the fastest time. Both Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas followed in short distance in second and third position.

The third free practice gets underway on the Red Bull Rings under a clear blue sky and a temperature of almost 25 degrees. Many drivers wait patiently to get out on track. Carlos Sainz is after more than ten minutes the first driver to set a time. When the top teams come out on track, it is Valtteri Bottas who sets the first serious time of 1:05.510. A little later Pierre Gasly complains over the radio that he does not have power. After one slow lap the Frenchman returns to the pits.

Accompanied by loud cheering from the many Dutch fans, Max comes out on the soft tires for the first run of the day. The Dutchman sets a time of 1:05.241 in his first flying lap, which at that time is good for a fourth place.

Max improves his time in the next lap (1:04.670) and stays in fourth position. Verstappen makes another couple of laps at racing speed, before he returns to the pits. At the other side of the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing garage the problem with Gasly’s car is fixed, which makes that the Frenchmen with still 20 minutes on the clock can enter the track again.

With a time of 1:03.987 Charles Leclerc is the first driver this weekend to set a time under the 1:04. With another ten minutes to go in the third free practice, Max improves his time a little bit (1:04.446), but stays in fourth position. Max says over the radio that the changes made to the RB15 do not have the desired effect. The Dutchman returns to his team. There is one more lap as the chequered flag dropped to make a practice start.

Verstappen finished the session in fifth position, making eighteen laps. Leclerc sets the quickest time in a session without any major incidents, followed by the Mercedes of Hamilton and Bottas. Again the McLaren’s are doing well in sixed and eighth position.

At 3 PM the qualifying will start on the circuit in Spielberg.

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Results third free practice Austria:

1Charles LeclercLECFerrari1:03.987 18
2Lewis HamiltonHAMMercedes1:04.130+0.143s21
3Valtteri BottasBOTMercedes1:04.221+0.234s23
4Sebastian VettelVETFerrari1:04.250+0.263s20
5Max VerstappenVERRed Bull Racing Honda1:04.446+0.459s18
6Lando NorrisNORMcLaren Renault1:04.986+0.999s19
7Pierre GaslyGASRed Bull Racing Honda1:05.152+1.165s15
8Carlos SainzSAIMcLaren Renault1:05.219+1.232s22
9Antonio GiovinazziGIOAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:05.336+1.349s17
10Daniil KvyatKVYScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:05.391+1.404s25
11Alexander AlbonALBScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:05.481+1.494s29
12Nico HulkenbergHULRenault1:05.514+1.527s21
13Kimi RäikkönenRAIAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:05.514+1.527s21
14Sergio PerezPERRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:05.523+1.536s18
15Romain GrosjeanGROHaas Ferrari1:05.620+1.633s20
16Lance StrollSTRRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:05.650+1.663s17
17Daniel RicciardoRICRenault1:05.878+1.891s19
18Kevin MagnussenMAGHaas Ferrari1:06.017+2.030s11
19George RussellRUSWilliams Mercedes1:06.676+2.689s23
20Robert KubicaKUBWilliams Mercedes1:07.484+3.497s23