Canadian GP | Vettel leads Ferrari one-two in FP3

Final practice at the Canadian Grand Prix topped by Sebastian Vettel.

Saturday practice at the Canadian Grand Prix saw Ferrari move ahead of Mercedes, with both drivers lapping inside 1 minute 12. Leaving Mercedes chasing the Prancing Horse ahead of qualifying, as Max Verstappen splits the Silver Arrows for fourth.

Friday practice at the Candian Grand Prix saw Kimi Raikkonen clock the fastest lap of the day, as he edged Lewis Hamilton to the top spot by two-tenths of a second. Showing a nine-tenths gain between sessions, after Hamilton opened the weekend with a 1:13.809 as he bettered the Monaco Grand Prix-winning and championship leading Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel and Raikkonen continued to set the pace come Saturday morning, too. Breaking the silence alongside Daniel Ricciardo as Red Bull set about making up for the time lost in second free practice when they lost one of their TAG-Heuer branded Renault power units.

Being out early did allow for Daniel Ricciardo to post the first lap time of the day, though, as he crossed the line to complete a 1:21.907 before lowering his benchmark to a 1:15. Vettel, meanwhile, dipped into the pits midway through Ricciardo’s run to take on a new set of ultrasoft tyres that lifted the German above the Red Bull.

Elsewhere, FP1 pace-setter Lewis Hamilton took until the ninth lap on a set of supersoft tyres before the Briton emerged within half a second of the Ferrari. Initially moving ahead of Raikkonen, albeit narrowly under a second off the pace, before improving later in his run.

Hamilton’s time in second place soon came to an end, however, as Raikkonen returned to the track with a new set of ultrasoft tyres and returning to his Friday set-up.

“Can we go back to tomorrow’s set up?” asks Raikkonen. “Sorry, yesterday’s set up!”

Sebastian Vettel once again returned with a new set of ultrasoft tyres, as well. Further lowering his benchmark to a mid 1:12, to hold a three-tenth lead over his team-mate.

Soon after, Mercedes ventured out of the pits for the first time of the day with Pirelli’s purple-walled tyres fitted to their cars – with Bottas leading the Silver Arrows from the garage.

Traffic, however, hampered Bottas’ initial charge. Leaving the Finn seven-tenths off the pace while Hamilton suffered from understeer through the opening corner. A good save by Hamilton, though, kept the Briton pointing in the right direction and he continued with a later flyer to move with four-tenths of the top.

Having earlier sat in third place, seven-tenths off the pace, Verstappen’s lap times fell with a set of ultrasoft tyres. Moving the Dutchman back up the order but only into fourth place, just four-hundredths down on Hamilton.

While Verstappen ended the session in fourth, though, Ricciardo’s best lap time was only enough for eighth place – a further six-tenths down the order. Leaving Daniel in the midfield, alongside Felipe Massa and Esteban Ocon.

Fernando Alonso once again lofted his McLaren into the top 10 during the session, having ended Friday practice in seventh after a late flyer on fresh ultrasoft tyres. His best FP3 time, however, only enough for 12th as his McLaren’s pace was lost amongst late gains that pushed the Spaniard back down the order.

Pos Driver Team Laps Time Gap
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 20 1’12.572
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 19 1’12.864 0.292
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 22 1’12.926 0.354
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 22 1’12.965 0.393
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 24 1’13.210 0.638
6 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 20 1’13.493 0.921
7 Felipe Massa Williams 22 1’13.527 0.955
8 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 35 1’13.545 0.973
9 Esteban Ocon Force India 26 1’13.635 1.063
10 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 22 1’13.667 1.095
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 23 1’13.788 1.216
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren 18 1’13.885 1.313
13 Sergio Perez Force India 27 1’13.956 1.384
14 Romain Grosjean Haas 19 1’13.994 1.422
15 Jolyon Palmer Renault 22 1’14.102 1.53
16 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 22 1’14.228 1.656
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas 18 1’14.392 1.82
18 Lance Stroll Williams 25 1’14.409 1.837
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 25 1’14.883 2.311
20 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 25 1’14.965 2.393

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