Hamilton finishes the final practice session ahead of Sebastian Vettel

The last free practice session started under cold conditions and with an 80% probability of rain. Hamilton finished this session on P1 by setting an 1:28:063. Championship leader Sebastian Vettel finished second with a minimal gap of +0.032 seconds. (Photo source: imgur.com)

Mercedes has led every session so far this weekend, but it looks like Ferrari was able to catch up on them a little bit. Behind Hamilton and Vettel you can find Valterri Bottas, who got a five-place grid penalty for changing the gearbox, and Kimi Räikkönen on P4.

Nico Hülkenberg finished the final session on P5, followed by Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo (who also got a five-place grid penalty for gearbox change) and Romain Grosjean (Haas F1 Team).  Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing), Felipe Massa (Williams Martini Racing) and Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren Honda) complete the TOP 10.

The most impressive pictures came from Sebastian Vettel as his car was sparking a lot at the beginning of his first stint.

Overall, it was a session with some off-track moments like for Lance Stroll for example, who finished the session in the last position.

With twenty minutes left it started to rain heavily and all competitors went back to their garages. Setting new fast times got impossible.

Close to the end of the session, McLaren’s Stoffel Vandooren got out on intermediate tyres. As the weather forecast says it’s going to be a dry race there was no point for the drivers to get out of track. Nevertheless, more drivers joined the Belgian due to the start practice possibility at the end of the session. Daniel Ricciardo nearly crashed into the wall as he lost his car by driving on the wet curb.

See the full results here:

PositionDriverTeamTime
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:28:496
2Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Ferrari + 0.032
3Valtteri BottasMercedes+ 0.074
4Kimi RäikkönenScuderia Ferrari + 0.669
5Nico HülkenbergRenault+ 1.417
6Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing+ 1.549
7Romain GrosjeanHaas F1 Team+ 1.756
8Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing+ 1.841
9Felipe MassaWilliams Martini Racing+ 1.896
10Stoffel VandooreMcLaren Honda+ 2.025
11Fernando AlonsoMcLaren Honda+ 2.075
12Esteban OconSahara Force India+ 2.109
13Kevin MagnussenHaas F1 Team+ 2.207
14Jolyon PalmerRenault+ 2.239
15Sergio PerezSahara Force India+ 2.353
16Daniil KvyatScuderia Toro Rosso+ 2.441
17Carlos SainzScuderia Toro Rosso+ 2.452
18Pascal WehrleinSauber F1 Team+ 2.558
19Marcus EricssonSauber F1 Team+ 3.567
20Lance StrollWilliams Martini Racing+ 3.295

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