Lap times 3rd free practice 2019 Chinese F1 GP

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG W10 during the Chinese GP at Shanghai International Circuit on April 12, 2019

Event: Chinese Grand Prix
Track: Shanghai International Circuit

Weather: 19.3-20.3°C sunny & dry
Tarmac: 39.3°C dry
Humidity: 48.2%
Wind: 1.0 m//s
Pressure: 1017.9 bar

The third and final practice for the 2019 Chinese Formula Grand Prix was kicked off by Kevin Magnussen in the Haas VF-19. The Danish driver was the first driver who drove out the pits for this FP3.

The struggling Williams was the firs team with a lap time on the time sheet. Robert Kubica clocked a 1:37.220. His 13 years younger team mate set the second time who was almost 0.6 sec. faster on the Soft Pirelli tyres. Today we saw Patrick Head back in the Williams garage next to Claire Williams.

First of the top teams to put a time on the sheet was Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc. He drove a 1:34.104. His team mate Sebastian Vettel followed shortly and improved that time with almost 0.9 sec on Soft tyres. Both Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton came out a few minutes later but couldn't match Vettel's lap time.

Red Bull Racing waited until the track had more rubber before Pierre Gasly and Max Verstappen came out their pit garage.It was almost halfway this third free practice session before they set their first lap times. Gasly's first lap wasn't very clean and the French driver ended up on P11 with a 1:35.326 on Medium tyres. Verstappen started his first lap on Soft tyres and recorded a 1:34.447 to be 5th fastest.

With 7 minutes to go rookie driver Alexander Albon had a big crash coming out of the last turn. He gone wide coming out in turn 16 and tried to use the artificial grass, oversteered and tried to correct his error, but couldn't avoid crashing into the barrier with the right side of his Toro Rosso STR14. The session was red flagged and ended to clear up the track. The Toro Rosso mechanics will have a busy 2 hours to get the car ready for qualifying.

Last years quickest lap time of FP3 was set by Vettel. he clocked a 1:33,018 on Ultrasoft tyres.

FP3 Lap Times 2019 Chinese GP

PosNoDriverTeamLap Time1st GapLapsTyres
177Valtteri BottasMercedes1:32.83011Soft
25Sebastian VettelFerrari1:33.222+0.392s12Soft
316Charles LeclercFerrari1:33.248+0.418s10Soft
444Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:33.689+0.859s10Soft
527Nico HülkenbergRenault1:33.974+1.144s11Soft
67Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo1:34.246+1.416s14Soft
733Max VerstappenRed Bull1:34.447+1.617s5Soft
855Carlos SainzMcLaren1:34.510+1.680s9Soft
923Alexander AlbonToro Rosso1:34.600+1.770s11Soft
1026Daniil KvyatToro Rosso1:34.783+1.953s10Soft
114Lando NorrisMcLaren1:34.938+2.108s11Soft
1211Sergio PérezRacing Point1:35.078+2.248s9Soft
133Daniel RicciardoRenault1:35.142+2.312s11Medium
1418Lance StrollRacing Point1:35.223+2.393s10Soft
1510Pierre GaslyRed Bull1:35.326+2.496s8Medium
1699Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1:35.726+2.896s12Soft
178Romain GrosjeanHaas1:35.771+2.941s14Medium
1820Kevin MagnussenHaas1:35.998+3.168s15Medium
1963George RussellWilliams1:36.124+3.294s10Soft
2088Robert KubicaWilliams1:36.176+3.346s11Soft


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