Lap Times 3rd Free Practice 2019 Russian F1 GP

Charles Leclerc leads Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF90 during practice for the Russian GP at Sochi Autodrom on September 27, 2019 (Photo by Simon Galloway / LAT Images)

Event: Russian Grand Prix
Track: Sochi Street Circuit

Weather: Dry 21.3-21.8°C
Tarmac: Dry  25.7-26.7°C
Humidity: 63.7%
Wind: 2.3 m/s SEE
Pressure: 1015.5 bar

Although weather predictions seemed to be wet for the third and final practice in preparation for the 2019 Russian F1 GP was dry.

Alexander Albon was the first who put a lap time on the timesheet. The Red Bull driver drove a 1:37.881 min on his first lap around Sochi.

After 20 minutes Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat again caused a virtual safety car. The new Honda engine in the back of the STR14 stopped working and the Russian driver had to park the car on the main straight. Yesterday he seemed to have the same problem.

Half way the final practice session, Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo and Racing Point driver Sergio Perez still had not clocked a lap time. Lewis Hamilton was 1.1 second slower in the Mercedes than P1 and told his team he wasn't sure if he could close the gap to Charles leclerc, who was quickest at that time with a 1:32.861.

Max Verstappen clocked a very good lap time on medium tyres. The Red Bull driver was only 0.3s slower than Ferrari driver Leclerc who set his time on soft tyres.

With 12 minutes we saw at last Pérez coming out of the pits to drive his first timed lap. He locked up big time in his warm-up lap braking for turn 13.

With 10 minutes to go both Ferrari drivers topped the leaderboard followed by both Mercedes drivers and Verstappen on P5. Romain Grosjean was best of the rest in the Haas, but was 1.5 sec. slower than Leclerc on P1.

At the end of the session Verstappen ran wide in turn 1, hit the sausage curve that's situated on the apex of turn 2 and damaged his the floor of the RB15.

Lewis Hamilton was quickest in last years FP3 around Sochi with a 1:33.067 min in the Mercedes W09.

FP3 Lap Times 2019 Russian GP

PosNoDriverTeamLap Time1st GapLapsTyres
116Charles LeclercFerrari1:32,73314Soft
25Sebastian VettelFerrari1:33,049+0,316s15Soft
344Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:33,129+0,396s19Soft
477Valtteri BottasMercedes1:33,354+0,621s18Soft
533Max VerstappenRed Bull1:34,227+1,494s12Medium
68Romain GrosjeanHaas1:34,308+1,575s17Soft
723Alexander AlbonRed Bull1:34,371+1,638s21Soft
827Nico HülkenbergRenault1:34,421+1,688s13Soft
94Lando NorrisMcLaren1:34,527+1,794s15Soft
1020Kevin MagnussenHaas1:34,546+1,813s15Soft
1110Pierre GaslyToro Rosso1:34,564+1,831s16Soft
123Daniel RicciardoRenault1:34,586+1,853s14Soft
1355Carlos SainzMcLaren1:34,607+1,874s18Soft
1499Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1:34,766+2,033s15Soft
1511Sergio PérezRacing Point1:34,860+2,127s7Soft
1618Lance StrollRacing Point1:34,898+2,165s16Soft
177Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo1:35,714+2,981s19Soft
1863George RussellWilliams1:36,011+3,278s18Soft
1926Daniil KvyatToro Rosso1:36,081+3,348s4Soft
2088Robert KubicaWilliams1:36,942+4,209s19Soft

Below you can see the highlights of FP3 for the 2019 Russian F1 GP:

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