F1 Eifel GP: Bottas beats Hamilton in Nurburgring FP3, Stroll sits out

Bottas fastest as Stroll absent in Eifel GP training
Valtteri Bottas set the pace for Mercedes when the Formula 1 drivers finally took to the track on Saturday morning at the Nürburgring for the Eifel Grand Prix.
After rain and fog prevented running on Friday, the teams had to summarize all their programs in the final one-hour training session before qualifying.
The FIA ​​had changed their protocols to ensure that even if weather conditions were repeated on Friday, sessions could continue, just to have drivers greeted in bright sunshine before Saturday's race.
What followed was an exhausting session with very little time in the garage. The first pace was set by the Red Bull duo Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon on the medium-weight tire.
Verstappen kept his advantage at the top of the timesheets after the first round of soft tire runs, except that Mercedes' Bottas improved on his second attempt and was a tenth of a second away from the field.
Bottas improved his lap time in a final set of qualification simulation runs by seven tenths of a second, setting the standard for Verstappen and Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
But both Verstappen and Hamilton were forced to step back on their first qualifying simulations on the last corner after a spin for Williams' Nicholas Latifi produced yellow flags.
Hamilton made it in a second qualifying simulation on the softs that lifted him to second place, but was a tenth behind Bottas' time of 1: 26.225 seconds.
Ferrari's Charles Leclerc finished the session third fastest within half a second of Bottas' time after requesting some changes to his car before his final runs.
Bottas fastest as Stroll absent in Eifel GP training
Verstappen finished fourth for Red Bull, reporting a lack of front grip throughout RP3, but finished the race ahead of Sebastian Vettel in the second Ferrari, who had an early spin as he exited the chicane of Turn 14.
Lando Norris finished the session in sixth for McLaren ahead of Sergio Perez, who was the only Racing Point driver to take part in FP3 after team-mate Lance Stroll had to leave the race due to illness.
Racing Point reported that Stroll "wasn't feeling 100%" and would be skipping final practice.
A final decision about whether or not to participate in qualifying will be made after practice. Nico Hülkenberg is available for the team if Stroll is not fit for the rest of the weekend.
Daniel Ricciardo finished eighth for Renault ahead of Albon, while Pierre Gasly rounded off the top 10 for AlphaTauri.
Esteban Ocon finished the session 11th ahead of Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz Jr. and Kimi Raikkonen in 14th for Alfa Romeo at the weekend, where he will overtake Rubens Barrichello as the most experienced F1 driver of all time.
The Haas couple Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen took 15th and 16th place respectively. Grosjean returned to his podium for Lotus 2013 and took a moment during the session to tell his engineer that it was a "nice track".
George Russell finished last practice 17th for Williams, despite spinning at the chicane and sliding across the grass, even though he stayed behind the wall to avoid damage. Antonio Giovinazzi followed in 18th ahead of Latifi, who was the last driver to drive a time in P19.
F1 Eifel Grand Prix free practice 3 results
Item
driver
dare
gap
1
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1m26.225s
2
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
0.136 s
3
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
0.456 s
4th
Max Verstappen
Red Bull / Honda
0.671 s
5
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
0.813 s
6th
Lando Norris
McLaren / Renault
0.942 s
7th
Sergio Perez
Rennpunkt / Mercedes
1.020s
8th
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
1.167s
9
Alexander Albon
Red Bull / Honda
1.224s
10
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri / Honda
1.303s
11
Esteban Ocon
Renault
1.409s
12th
Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri / Honda
1.570s
13th
Carlos Sainz Jr.
McLaren / Renault
1.699s
14th
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo / Ferrari
1.731s
fifteen
Romain Grosjean
Haas / Ferrari
1,890s
16
Kevin Magnussen
Haas / Ferrari
2.068s
17th
George Russell
Williams / Mercedes
2.118s
18th
Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo / Ferrari
2.145s
19th
Nicholas Latifi
Williams / Mercedes
2.716s

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