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

Pos No Driver Team Lap Time 1st Gap Laps Tyres
1 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:32,733 14 Soft
2 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:33,049 +0,316s 15 Soft
3 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:33,129 +0,396s 19 Soft
4 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:33,354 +0,621s 18 Soft
5 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:34,227 +1,494s 12 Medium
6 8 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:34,308 +1,575s 17 Soft
7 23 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:34,371 +1,638s 21 Soft
8 27 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:34,421 +1,688s 13 Soft
9 4 Lando Norris McLaren 1:34,527 +1,794s 15 Soft
10 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:34,546 +1,813s 15 Soft
11 10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:34,564 +1,831s 16 Soft
12 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:34,586 +1,853s 14 Soft
13 55 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:34,607 +1,874s 18 Soft
14 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:34,766 +2,033s 15 Soft
15 11 Sergio Pérez Racing Point 1:34,860 +2,127s 7 Soft
16 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:34,898 +2,165s 16 Soft
17 7 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1:35,714 +2,981s 19 Soft
18 63 George Russell Williams 1:36,011 +3,278s 18 Soft
19 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:36,081 +3,348s 4 Soft
20 88 Robert Kubica Williams 1:36,942 +4,209s 19 Soft

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

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