Verstappen second fastest after final free practice in Interlagos
Published on 16 November 2019 by Mike Motilall
Max Verstappen finished the third and final free practice second fastest in the run up to the Brazilian Grand Prix. On the 4,309 meter long Autodromo José Carlos Pace, the Dutchman lapped the track 18 times doing a 1:08.346 as his fastest lap time. Worldchampion Lewis Hamilton narrowly topped the board with a 1:08.320 and finished the session on top. Charles Leclerc rounded up the top three for Ferrari.
It’s 12:00 local time when the third and final free practice gets underway. Lando Norris, together with Alexander Albon and Romain Grosjean form the first group of drivers that venture out for an installation lap. Max Verstappen quickly follows suit.
After a quiet first fifteen minutes of the session, it starts getting busier on the Interlagos track. Max makes it to track some minutes later as well. Lewis Hamilton is leading the pack by then with a 1:09.562. Charles Leclerc (P2), Sebastian Vettel (P3) and Valtteri Bottas (P4) keep the gap to the newly crowned worldchampion within two tenths.
Max sets a 1:09.327 in his first flying lap on the softs, putting him on top. A second attempt earns the Dutchman a 1:09.063. This puts him almost four tenths up on Hamilton, who has managed to improve his time to a 1:09.454.
After a brief visit to his team, Verstappen heads back out on track. With a new set of softs strapped on to his RB15, Max manages to better his time again, this time round to a 1:09.059. However, he quickly loses his first spot to both Ferraris, who better his time well under the 1:09’s. At the front they are taking turns for the lead as Lewis Hamilton takes it back by doing a 1:08.320.
Max heads back out again in the closing stage of the session on a new set of the softs and closes the gap to leader Lewis Hamilton with a 1:08.346 to just 0.026 second. The Aston Martin Red Bull Racing-driver snatches P2, the very same spot he is in when the flag drops. Charles Leclerc (+0.291), Sebastian Vettel (+0.344), Alexander Albon (+0.816) and Valtteri Bottas (+0.881) form the top-six behind the Dutchman.
|2||Max Verstappen||VER||Red Bull Racing Honda||1:08.346||+0.026s||18|
|5||Alexander Albon||ALB||Red Bull Racing Honda||1:09.136||+0.816s||17|
|7||Daniil Kvyat||KVY||Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda||1:09.415||+1.095s||22|
|8||Antonio Giovinazzi||GIO||Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari||1:09.462||+1.142s||20|
|9||Lando Norris||NOR||McLaren Renault||1:09.585||+1.265s||18|
|10||Carlos Sainz||SAI||McLaren Renault||1:09.588||+1.268s||21|
|11||Kimi Räikkönen||RAI||Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari||1:09.619||+1.299s||21|
|12||Pierre Gasly||GAS||Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda||1:09.625||+1.305s||19|
|14||Kevin Magnussen||MAG||Haas Ferrari||1:09.713||+1.393s||18|
|16||Romain Grosjean||GRO||Haas Ferrari||1:09.798||+1.478s||20|
|17||Sergio Perez||PER||Racing Point BWT Mercedes||1:09.995||+1.675s||19|
|18||Lance Stroll||STR||Racing Point BWT Mercedes||1:10.312||+1.992s||16|
|19||George Russell||RUS||Williams Mercedes||1:10.843||+2.523s||19|
|20||Robert Kubica||KUB||Williams Mercedes||1:11.205||+2.885s||23|