Max tops the board during FP3 in Abu Dhabi

Published on 30 November 2019 by Mike Motilall

Max Verstappen topped the board at the final third free practice of this year. On the Yas Marina Circuit, the Dutchman clocked a 1:36.566, he barely stayed ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas’ Mercedes.

The third free practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is the last session this weekend that is completely driven in daylight. After fifteen minutes, McLaren driving Lando Norris is the only driver with a timed lap.

Max Verstappen heads out on track only after well over 20 minutes and immediately tops the board on the soft tyre compound with a 1:37.202. He does another flying lap, but doesn’t better his time. Hamilton and Bottas have by then improved Max’ time. Verstappen returns to the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing pit box in order to prepare for his second run.

In the final fifteen minutes of the session, Max heads back out again on a set of the softs on his RB15. The Dutchman clocks a 1:36.729 which puts him third fastest, less than a tenth behind of the fastest man on track Hamilton. Once again Verstappen does another flying lap. The youngster puts in a 1:36.566 which earns him P1. In the dying seconds of the session, nobody is able to better Max’ time. Hamilton and Bottas both finish within a tenth of Max’ time in second and third. Max’ team mate, Alexander Albon, comes in fourth fastest ahead of Ferrari running Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc in a session without any incidents whatsoever.

At 14:00 hrs. local Dutch time, qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will get underway.

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Results third free practice Abudhabil:

1Max VerstappenVERRed Bull Racing Honda1:36.566 14
2Lewis HamiltonHAMMercedes1:36.640+0.074s17
3Valtteri BottasBOTMercedes1:36.655+0.089s16
4Alexander AlbonALBRed Bull Racing Honda1:36.927+0.361s17
5Sebastian VettelVETFerrari1:36.975+0.409s14
6Charles LeclercLECFerrari1:37.010+0.444s15
7Sergio PerezPERRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:37.516+0.950s15
8Daniel RicciardoRICRenault1:37.615+1.049s13
9Carlos SainzSAIMcLaren Renault1:37.691+1.125s21
10Pierre GaslyGASScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:37.736+1.170s16
11Romain GrosjeanGROHaas Ferrari1:37.768+1.202s11
12Daniil KvyatKVYScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:37.963+1.397s17
13Lando NorrisNORMcLaren Renault1:38.100+1.534s17
14Kevin MagnussenMAGHaas Ferrari1:38.198+1.632s11
15Lance StrollSTRRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:38.462+1.896s15
16Kimi RäikkönenRAIAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:38.514+1.948s20
17Nico HulkenbergHULRenault1:38.580+2.014s13
18Antonio GiovinazziGIOAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:38.782+2.216s17
19George RussellRUSWilliams Mercedes1:39.206+2.640s15
20Robert KubicaKUBWilliams Mercedes1:39.859+3.293s16