Finn Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) performed the best time of free trials 3 of the Eifel Grand Prix on Saturday at the German Nurburgring circuit, while Canadian Lance Stroll did not take part in the session for medical reasons.
The Finn completed a time of 1 minute, 26 seconds and 25 thousandths to cover the 5,148 km of the track in this first test session of the eleventh round of the World Championship.
The weather conditions, especially the thick fog, had prevented free trials 1 and 2 on Friday.
Lewis Hamilton took second place in the session, 136 thousandths behind his teammate who won the last Grand Prix in Russia.
Behind the two Mercedes, the two Ferraris looked fit, taking third (Charles Leclerc) and fifth (Sebastian Vettel), while Max Verstappen placed his Redbull between the two Scuderia cars.
Lance Sroll did not take part in this one crucial rehearsal session “as he did not feel 100%,” according to a tweet from Racing Point.
His participation in qualifying on Saturday afternoon or in the race on Sunday seems compromised.
– Third session of free trials:
Valtteri Bottas (FIN / Mercedes) 1: 26.225 (25 laps)
Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 1:26.361 (27)
Charles Leclerc (MON / Ferrari) 1: 26.681 (25)
Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull-Honda) 1:26.896 (24)
Sebastian Vettel (GER/Ferrari) 1:27.038 (25)
Lando Norris (GBR / McLaren-Renault) 1: 27.167 (29)
Sergio Pérez (MEX/Racing Point-Mercedes) 1:27.245 (25)
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS / Renault) 1: 27.392 (23)
Alexander Albon (THA/Red Bull-Honda) 1:27.449 (23)
Pierre Gasly (FRA / AlphaTauri-Honda) 1: 27.528 (28)
Esteban Ocon (FRA / Renault) 1: 27.634 (27)
Daniil Kvyat (RUS / AlphaTauri-Honda) 1: 27.795 (26)
Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/McLaren-Renault) 1:27.924 (29)
Kimi Räikkönen (FIN / Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari) 1: 27.956 (25)
Romain Grosjean (FRA / Haas-Ferrari) 1: 28.115 (27)
Kevin Magnussen (DEN / Haas-Ferrari) 1: 28.293 (27)
George Russell (GBR/Williams-Mercedes) 1:28.343 (30)
Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA / Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari) 1: 28.370 (25)
Nicholas Latifi (CAN/Williams-Mercedes) 1:28.941 (26)
Lance Stroll (CAN/Racing Point-Mercedes) 0.000