British Grand Prix FP3: Valtteri Bottas ahead of Hamilton at Silverstone as the Mercedes cars came alive.

Valtteri Bottas set the fastest time in free practice on Saturday morn...

British Grand Prix FP3: Valtteri Bottas ahead of Hamilton at Silverstone as the Mercedes cars came alive.

British Grand Prix FP3: Valtteri Bottas ahead of Hamilton at Silverstone as the Mercedes cars came alive.

Valtteri Bottas set the fastest time in free practice on Saturday morning, with Lewis Hamilton just behind him as Mercedes topped a session for the first time this weekend.

Soft tyres was the tire of the session as majority of the driver bolted the soft compound on to set decent lap time. The temperatures not quite as aggressive as in Friday’s practice runs, which is why the tyres had a little more longevity and drivers were eager to push to find their limit ahead of qualifying later this afternoon as seen with the Mercedes drivers doing couple of push laps on same soft tire.

Bottas, the 2019 pole position sitter with time of 1m25.093s is already very close to beating his own time record as he set the fastest time 1m25.873s with under 15 minutes remaining. Hamilton briefly led the session but ended up 0.138s slower than the Finn in P2.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in third place, was – 0.300s off the lead. his team mate Alex Albon spent most of the session in the garage with an electrical issue on his car. He got on the track few minutes to the end of the session, but his struggles continued as his first flying lap time was deleted after running wide at turn 4. Albon finish 13th overall.

The Racing Points were not really impressive until Stroll made a late push to P4, 0.703s off Bottas, while Sergio Perez's stand-in Nico Hulkenberg was 0.999s off the lead in P9.

P5 went to Carlos Sainz, with his McLaren team mate Lando Norris in P7. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc split the McLarens to round out the top six, 0.898s off the fastest Mercedes.

Sebastian Vettel didn’t have a good start to Saturday as the four-time world champion had another difficult morning after missing out FP1 on Friday before brake pedal problems hit in FP2. those brake issues appears to be affecting Sebastian still, as he was heard on the radio several times, thereby forcing him to settle for P14 ahead of Romain Grosjean.

Daniel Ricciardo was eighth in the session, his Renault team having broken the curfew overnight to replace his chassis after they found a hairline crack in it on Friday night. Esteban Ocon was 13th quickest.

Williams' George Russell dropped down to 16th as Grosjean and Albon improved their lap time late on, and at the back was his team mate Nicholas Latifi, just behind Alfa Romeo's Kimi Raikkonen who was impeded by the slow moving Antonio Giovinazzi on one of his final flying laps.

The clouds are also looming over Silverstone with qualifying set to get underway at 1400 local time. Will we see rain fall in the session this afternoon?

See the full time sheet for FP3 below.

 

FORMULA 1 PIRELLI BRITISH GRAND PRIX 2020 - PRACTICE 3

01 Aug 2020

Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone

RACE:4

POS

NO

DRIVER

CAR

TIME

GAP

LAPS

1

77

Valtteri Bottas

MERCEDES

1:25.873

 

19

2

44

Lewis Hamilton

MERCEDES

1:26.011

+0.138s

22

3

33

Max Verstappen

RED BULL RACING HONDA

1:26.173

+0.300s

15

4

18

Lance Stroll

RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES

1:26.576

+0.703s

14

5

55

Carlos Sainz

MCLAREN RENAULT

1:26.664

+0.791s

22

6

16

Charles Leclerc

FERRARI

1:26.771

+0.898s

19

7

4

Lando Norris

MCLAREN RENAULT

1:26.798

+0.925s

23

8

3

Daniel Ricciardo

RENAULT

1:26.841

+0.968s

15

9

27

Nico Hulkenberg

RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES

1:26.872

+0.999s

15

10

10

Pierre Gasly

ALPHATAURI HONDA

1:27.046

+1.173s

11

26

Daniil Kvyat

ALPHATAURI HONDA

1:27.076

+1.203s

12

31

Esteban Ocon

RENAULT

1:27.158

+1.285s

13

23

Alexander Albon

RED BULL RACING HONDA

1:27.178

+1.305s

14

5

Sebastian Vettel

FERRARI

1:27.251

+1.378s

15

8

Romain Grosjean

HAAS FERRARI

1:27.537

+1.664s

16

63

George Russell

WILLIAMS MERCEDES

1:27.738

+1.865s

17

99

Antonio Giovinazzi

ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI

1:27.825

+1.952s

18

20

Kevin Magnussen

HAAS FERRARI

1:27.860

+1.987s

19

7

Kimi Räikkönen

ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI

1:27.976

+2.103s

20

6

Nicholas Latifi

WILLIAMS MERCEDES

1:28.112

+2.239s

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