Abu Dhabi GP Practice Three: Max Verstappen on top for Red Bull
Max Verstappen has Taken into Rod contention for the final qualifying of F1 2019 after topping Practice Three at the Abu Dhabi GP, with All the Red Bull star edging Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
Mercedes set the rate at both practice sessions on Friday and seemed likely to do exactly the exact same in P3 since Hamilton led the way, but Verstappen produced his quickest lap of the weekend to win against the season’s winner by 0.074s.
Hamilton is the only Mercedes driver due to Bottas’ penalty, but their looks to be a three-team struggle for qualifying – .
Qualifying program on Sky Sports F1
Verstappen was not three-tenths slower than alex Albon, for a Red Bull group that are looking for back-to-back sticks for the very first time because 2013.
Ferrari, on pole in half the eight races since the summer break, were sixth and fifth, though Sebastian Vettel and also Charles Leclerc were only 0.4so off the pace even though putting their fastest times about the lower medium tyres.
Both drivers were mighty on the straights, before losing the time to Mercedes and Red Bull at the closing industry.
“It seems to be a three-way fight, which is great,” said Sky F1’s Nico Rosberg, the 2016 entire world winner.
“Lewis is back also after hibernating yesterdayahead of Bottas.”
The conflict for Q3 seems like a tight one, together with Sergio Perez with Carlos Sainz and Daniel Ricciardo leading their charges, putting seventh for playoff but only just before McLaren and Renault.
Pierre Gasly was 10th for a Toro Rosso group who are currently hoping to edge out Renault at the battle for fifth in the constructors’ standings.