Max third in final free practice Silverstone

Published on 01 August 2020 by Kees-Jan Koster

Max Verstappen finished third in the final free practice at Silverstone. The Dutch Aston Martin Red Bull Racing driver only had to tolerate both Mercedes, at exactly three tenths, in front of him. Valtteri Bottas set the fastest time, followed at one tenth by world champion Lewis Hamilton.

It is considerably cooler than the sunny Friday, when the third free practice at a cloudy Silverstone starts. Only after 25 minutes comes Max for the first time out on track, on the soft compound tyres. At the same time mechanics are working hard on the car of Alex Albon, after some electrical issues were found. Hamilton and Bottas are then setting the fastest times.

After his first flying lap (1:27.335) Max is in third position. He improves that time to a 1:26.917 and a 1:26.588 to a final 1:26.173, on a new set of soft tyres. Also both Mercedes keep improving and stay a couple of tenths ahead of the Dutchman. Bottas finally with a 1:25.873 the quickest on the Saturday morning.

Albon comes out on track with only fourteen minutes to go. His first meters after his crash halfway the second free practice on Friday. The British Thai finishes the session in thirteenth.

The pink Racing Points are seen in the beginning of the session in front with Lance Stroll in P4 and substitute Nico Hulkenberg in P9. McLaren has Carlos Sainz in P5 and Lando Norris in P7. Ferrari has to settle with Leclerc in P6 and Sebastian Vettel in a disappointing P14.

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Results third free practice Great Britain:

posdriverteamtimegaplaps
1Valtteri BottasBOTMercedes1:25.873 18
2Lewis HamiltonHAMMercedes1:26.011+0.138s21
3Max VerstappenVERRed Bull Racing Honda1:26.173+0.300s15
4Lance StrollSTRRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:26.576+0.703s13
5Carlos SainzSAIMcLaren Renault1:26.664+0.791s22
6Charles LeclercLECFerrari1:26.771+0.898s19
7Lando NorrisNORMcLaren Renault1:26.798+0.925s22
8Daniel RicciardoRICRenault1:26.841+0.968s14
9Nico HulkenbergHULRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:26.872+0.999s14
10Pierre GaslyGASAlphaTauri Honda1:27.046+1.173s19
11Daniil KvyatKVYAlphaTauri Honda1:27.076+1.203s17
12Esteban OconOCORenault1:27.158+1.285s15
13Alexander AlbonALBRed Bull Racing Honda1:27.178+1.305s9
14Sebastian VettelVETFerrari1:27.251+1.378s20
15Romain GrosjeanGROHaas Ferrari1:27.537+1.664s17
16George RussellRUSWilliams Mercedes1:27.738+1.865s16
17Antonio GiovinazziGIOAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:27.825+1.952s15
18Kevin MagnussenMAGHaas Ferrari1:27.860+1.987s15
19Kimi RäikkönenRAIAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:27.976+2.103s19
20Nicholas LatifiLATWilliams Mercedes1:28.112+2.239s15