Canadian GP practice: Max Verstappen takes clean sweep of sessions

Red Bull's Max Verstappen topped final Formula 1 practice ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix, completing a hat-trick of fastest session times in Montreal

Canadian GP practice: Max Verstappen takes clean sweep of sessions

Verstappen, who was quickest in both Friday practice sessions too, unleashed a 1m11.599s on hypersoft tyres with 13 minutes remaining to top the timesheet.

That beat Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel by 0.049s, despite none of Verstappen's three sectors being the fastest overall.

World championship leader Lewis Hamilton could only manage the fourth fastest time, as Mercedes seemingly failed to master its balance on the hypersoft - ending up a tenth away from Verstappen.

Ferrari went straight for the hypersoft tyre from the start of the session, with Kimi Raikkonen setting the early pace on a 1m12.359s before Vettel usurped him with a 1m12.235s on his seventh lap on those tyres.

Mercedes started on ultrasofts, with Hamilton building up to a 1m12.598s, and Valtteri Bottas on a 1m12.666s.

Hamilton worked his way up to second, only 0.066s off Vettel's hypersoft benchmark at that point, on his ninth lap.

Red Bull followed the Mercedes approach. Daniel Ricciardo worked down to 1m12.838s on ultrasofts while Verstappen shot straight to third on 1m12.552s before improving by 0.117s.

Having encountered some sensor issues, Ricciardo then switched to the hypersoft but had to run wide passing a Williams and could only manage fifth.

Vettel took another set of hypersofts, improving to 1m12.300s despite catching a Sauber at the chicane. On his second lap, he lowered the first-place bar to 1m11.648s.

Ferrari identified an issue on Raikkonen's car, which required some feverish mid-session work at the rear of it, but he rejoined to set 1m11.763s on hypersofts. He then got within 0.002s of Vettel's time with 1m11.650s, and that would stand to be the third-fastest time as Verstappen jumped both Ferraris.

Neither Hamilton nor Bottas used the hypersofts on Friday, thanks to having only five sets available for the weekend. Bottas managed 1m12.357s on his first lap on the rubber with 20 minutes remaining, and improved later to 1m12.255s as he ended the session sixth.

Hamilton took two warm-up laps on his hypersofts before recording a 1m11.706s that was 0.058s off the pace at the time.

He struggled to improve after that, and ended the session fourth ahead of Ricciardo and Bottas - who were both over half a second off the leading pace.

Sergio Perez was best of the rest for Force India, ahead of Renault's Nico Hulkenberg, the Haas of Romain Grosjean and McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne.

Vandoorne suffered a huge lock-up at Turn 3 early in the session, and was forced to take a trip down the escape road and perform a five-point turn to rejoin.

Esteban Ocon was 11th for Force India, followed by Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley.

Hartley had a scare when he happened across a touring Mercedes at the chicane, and was forced to straightline. He followed that up with a big lock-up into Turn 1, which he also cut.

Fernando Alonso was only 13th fastest for McLaren, two tenths off Vandoorne, with Carlos Sainz Jr 14th, four tenths off Renault team-mate Hulkenberg and admitting on the radio that he "struggled with everything".

FP3 times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m11.599s - 14
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m11.648s 0.049s 22
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m11.650s 0.051s 21
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m11.706s 0.107s 23
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m12.153s 0.554s 29
6 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m12.255s 0.656s 27
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m12.903s 1.304s 16
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m12.946s 1.347s 21
9 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m13.014s 1.415s 16
10 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m13.034s 1.435s 21
11 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m13.064s 1.465s 18
12 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m13.076s 1.477s 24
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m13.225s 1.626s 19
14 Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 1m13.331s 1.732s 22
15 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m13.334s 1.735s 19
16 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m13.452s 1.853s 19
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m13.488s 1.889s 21
18 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m13.818s 2.219s 18
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m13.925s 2.326s 20
20 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m13.968s 2.369s 17


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