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Portuguese GP (Free Practice 3): Bottas dominating, Gasly interesting

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 24, 2020
In a free practice session that ended a minute earlier than expected when a water evacuation grid came loose in turn 14, Valtteri Bottas was the best performer. As on the day before, the Finn set the fastest time during free practice 3. With soft tires, the Mercedes driver completed one of his 27 laps in 1’16”654. It’s over a second faster than the day before. The proof that even domineering, the native of Nastola progresses quickly on this track which he discovers. By two hundredths, he beat his World champion teammate Lewis Hamilton. There is better for the Briton who had more pace this Saturday. Enough in any case to get ahead of Max Verstappen. At the wheel of his Red Bull, the Dutchman completed 21 laps of the 4.653km circuit. His best time was 0”158 slower than that of the leader of the day.

Pierre Gasly is the other driver to have fallen below 1’17”00. Fourth in this free practice session, he set a very interesting time of 1’16 “930. This performance rewards the work of the mechanics who repaired his car. Friday, his day was interrupted prematurely because of a fire on his AlphaTauri. The Normand was the best French driver in a session where Esteban Ocon finished tenth and Romain Grosjean last. In twenty laps, Charles Leclerc almost made his delay on Valtteri Bottas pass below half a second. The Monegasque finished with a reference time of 1’17”229. It is the sixth fastest time of the day and better than Sebastian Vettel, the driver involved in the incident which hastened the end of these morning tests. For the 20 pilots, all you have to do is study these data to be efficient at 3 p.m. for qualifying.