Baku F1 practice: Vettel fastest ahead of Hamilton in FP3

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel set the pace in the final practice session for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, ahead of Lewis Hamilton

Baku F1 practice: Vettel fastest ahead of Hamilton in FP3

Vettel ended the session 0.361s clear of his nearest rival, but came up short of the overall best lap of the weekend set by Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo on Friday.

The session was briefly suspended for a late crash for rookie Sergey Sirotkin, whose Williams suffered a hard impact with the outside wall at the Turn 3 left-hander.

FP3 began with a round of installation laps, with Ricciardo putting the first flyer on the board eight minutes after the green flag waved.

His early benchmark was immediately surpassed by Kimi Raikkonen and Vettel, the pair then trading the session lead several times before the latter managed a 1m43.176s to end the opening run seven tenths clear of his team-mate.

The Ferrari one-two remained past halfway, before the two Mercedes cars split Vettel and Raikkonen - with Valtteri Bottas recovering from two off-track excursions on his opening run to go second on fresh ultrasofts.

But Raikkonen then swiftly reclaimed second place, before Vettel a logged a minor improvement with a 1m43.091s effort.

Shortly after Hamilton broke up the Ferrari one-two once more, Sirotkin's crash suspended track action, with only three minutes left on the clock when the running resumed.

The top three remained unchanged, with Vettel leading Hamilton and Raikkonen, but Red Bull's Max Verstappen put a lap together to pip Bottas to fourth place.

Force India's Sergio Perez was sixth despite going off on his final effort, with Haas driver Kevin Magnussen in seventh.

Magnussen's team-mate Grosjean endured a difficult session in 15th, struggling badly with oversteer on his opening run and suffering a spin at the Turn 16 left-hander.

Lance Stroll was eighth for Williams, with Esteban Ocon and Sirotkin making it two Force Indias and two Williams cars respectively in the top 10.

Friday pacesetter Ricciardo was only 12th, the Aussie forced to abort a late lap due to traffic after the red flag.

With harder tyres at a premium heading into the race, all teams but Renault ran exclusively on ultrasofts.

The French manufacturer's pair of Carlos Sainz and Nico Hulkenberg ran supersofts for most of the session, and ended up 16th and 17th in the timesheets.

FP3 times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m43.091s - 17
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m43.452s 0.361s 16
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m43.493s 0.402s 17
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m43.519s 0.428s 17
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m43.569s 0.478s 20
6 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m43.936s 0.845s 9
7 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m43.958s 0.867s 11
8 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m44.123s 1.032s 8
9 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m44.220s 1.129s 11
10 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m44.534s 1.443s 9
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m44.763s 1.672s 12
12 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m44.861s 1.770s 17
13 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m44.905s 1.814s 16
14 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m45.218s 2.127s 15
15 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m45.261s 2.170s 12
16 Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 1m45.432s 2.341s 15
17 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m45.456s 2.365s 11
18 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m45.505s 2.414s 13
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m45.910s 2.819s 17
20 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m46.186s 3.095s 11


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