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Valtteri Bottas went quickest in final practice for the Portuguese Fine Prix, edging Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by true below three hundredths of a second. The Finnish driver’s effort completed a hat-trick of fastest practice cases on the Autódromo Internacional impact Algarve. 

Mercedes’ drivers focused on working Pirelli’s crimson-banded indifferent tyres and all the procedure by the session they traded quickest cases sooner than Bottas upped his tempo with a shrimp over 20 minutes left within the session and situation a brand unusual arrangement of 1: 16.654. Hamilton may maybe perhaps need gone quicker but the championship leader lost support a watch on of his Mercedes in Turn 8 and briefly went off target. 

And since the session then gave formula to longer runs on indifferent tyres, Bottas’ time remained the benchmark till the cease of working. 

Third set on the timesheet went to Max Verstappen. The Crimson Bull driver finished the hour true 0.158s leisurely the Bottas, but in inequity to the Mercedes pair the Dutchman situation his handiest lap on the medium compound tyre.

Leisurely the tip three, AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly bounced support from the automotive fireplace that ended his Friday working early within the second practice session by claiming fourth set with a lap of 1: 16.930, true 0.276 off Bottas’ P1 time. 

Alexander Albon took fifth within the second Crimson Bull automotive, two tenths off team-mate Verstappen, whereas Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finished sixth forward of the McLaren’s Carlos Sainz, Racing Point’s Sergio Pérez and the second McLaren of Lando Norris. The high 10 tell became completed by Renault’s Esteban Ocon.

Within the unreal Ferrari Sebastian Vettel, who finished in P11, reported a loose drain quilt in Turn 14 quilt within the last minutes of the session and the session became soon crimson-flagged. With shrimp time left on the clock the choice became taken no longer to re-open the session. 

2020 FIA Formula 1 Portuguese Fine Prix – Free Practice 3

1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1: 16.654 27 218.524

2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1: 16.680 0.026 23 218.450

3 Max Verstappen Crimson Bull/Honda 1: 16.812 0.158 21 218.075

4 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri/Honda 1: 16.930 0.276 24 217.740

5 Alexander Albon Crimson Bull/Honda 1: 17.117 0.463 25 217.212

6 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1: 17.229 0.575 20 216.897

7 Carlos Sainz McLaren/Renault 1: 17.238 0.584 24 216.872

8 Sergio Pérez Racing Point/Mercedes 1: 17.297 0.643 17 216.706

9 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1: 17.478 0.824 22 216.200

10 Esteban Ocon Renault 1: 17.666 1.012 20 215.677

11 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1: 17.685 1.031 24 215.624

12 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri/Honda 1: 17.720 1.066 29 215.527

13 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1: 17.922 1.268 20 214.968

14 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1: 17.935 1.281 13 214.932

15 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 1: 18.032 1.378 20 214.665

16 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 1: 18.100 1.446 17 214.478

17 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1: 18.201 1.547 20 214.201

18 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1: 18.287 1.633 13 213.966

19 Nicholas Latifi Williams/Mercedes 1: 18.397 1.743 20 213.666

20 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1: 18.454 1.800 19 213.51

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