After a Friday without action due to bad weather, the Finn was fastest in practice. Ferrari surprised with Leclerc who made the third time and Vettel who set the fifth time.
The Finn Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), winner two Sundays ago in Russia, dominated this Saturday the free training for the Eifel Grand Prix, the eleventh of the Formula 1 World Championship, at the Nürburgring circuit (Germany).
In the best of his 25 laps, Bottas covered, with the soft compound tire, the 5,148 meters of the historic German circuit in 1m26s225, 136 thousandths less than his English teammate Lewis Hamilton – world leader, who turned twice more – in the that it was going to be the third and last free practice; and that, after the cancellation of the two on Friday due to bad weather, it became the first and only.
The Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) marked the third time, four tenths behind Bottas, in a session in which, unlike on Friday, the weather was not bad – although it was played with only 8 degrees Celsius – and in which everyone scored his best times with the soft compound. The Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull) -at 671 thousandths- and the other Ferrari, that of the German Sebastian Vettel -eight tenths-, who starred in the top of the session, registered fourth and fifth, respectively, in the timesheets .
Canadian Lance Stroll (Racing Point) did not participate in the training, due to unspecified health problems, whose team announced that he would later report on the situation with a view to qualifying. The German Nico Hülkenberg – who already replaced ‘Checo’ Pérez when he tested positive for covid-19 in the two races held at Silverstone (England) – is already at the Nürburgring and, in case the Canadian was not suitable for compete, it could replace it.
‘Checo’ marked the seventh time of the session. In the best of his 25 laps, the brave driver from Guadalajara, fourth two Sundays ago in Sochi, stopped the clock at 1m27s245, one second behind Bottas.
The qualifying session, which will order the starting grid of the race this Sunday – scheduled for 60 laps, to complete a route of 308.6 kilometers – will be held from three in the afternoon (10 in Argentina).
.1. Valtteri Bottas (FIN / Mercedes) 1m26s225
.2. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) a 0s136
.3. Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari) a 0s456
.4. Max Verstappen (HOL/Red Bull) a 0s671
.5. Sebastian Vettel (GER/Ferrari) a 0s813
.6. Lando Norris (GBR / McLaren) a 0s942
.7. Sergio Pérez (MEX/Racing Point) a1s020
.8th. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS / Renault) a 1s167
.9. Alexander Albon (TAI/Red Bull) a 1s224
10. Pierre Gasly (FRA/Alpha Tauri) a 1s303