SPORT NEWS – Bottas leads dominant Mercedes in third Qatar GP follow

Bottas leads dominant Mercedes in third Qatar GP follow

Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton ended follow on the Qatar Grand Prix comfortably forward of the pack after a second successive day of rear wing issues for Purple Bull Racing.

Bottas was faster than Hamilton across the new-to-F1 Losail Worldwide Circuit for the third straight session, topping the ultimate follow hour by 0.078s. Regardless of FP3 happening in unrepresentatively heat daytime situations compared to qualifying or the race, the Finn lowered the observe document by one other 0.8s, all the way down to 1m22.573s.

Purple Bull had no reply to the Mercedes tempo within the ultimate follow hour, with Max Verstappen 0.341s off the tempo in third and teammate Sergio Perez one other 0.2 additional again in fifth.

It was a very troublesome session for title chief Verstappen who set simply 10 laps, the bottom of the session bar one, after spending most of his time confined to his storage with a recurring rear wing drawback.

The DRS flap on the RB16B has been seen oscillating whereas open on each automobiles because the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, and Purple Bull Racing mechanics gave the impression to be endeavor repairs to Verstappen’s rear wing earlier than the session began. An tour over some curbs in the course of the session then appeared to interrupt the gadget a second time, forcing him again to the pits with little greater than a single low-fuel run on the board.

The Dutchman made it again out within the ultimate 10 minutes for one sizzling lap on recent mushy tires, however he couldn’t drag himself into hanging distance — the truth is it was barely sufficient to beat an earlier quick lap set by Hamilton on eight-lap-old softs nearer to the beginning of the hour.

Pierre Gasly was once more the midfield standout, slotting into fourth after a pair of second-place classifications on Friday, the AlphaTauri driver solely 0.525s off the headline tempo.

Carlos Sainz was the lead Ferrari in sixth forward of Alpine duo Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon, with Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari sandwiching the blue automobiles from ninth. Yuki Tsunoda was the primary driver greater than a second off the tempo, ending the hour tenth.

Daniel Ricciardo might handle solely eleventh within the lead McLaren, 1.4s slower than the benchmark but in addition 0.7s slower than Sainz’s Ferrari. Sebastian Vettel adopted for Aston Martin in twelfth forward of Lando Norris within the second McLaren.

George Russell bounced again from a troublesome Friday to take 14th forward of Lance Stroll, who described his Aston Martin as “f*ing st” after a very uninspiring session for the Canadian, 1.8s off the tempo.

Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi had been sixteenth and seventeenth forward of Nicholas Latifi’s Williams and Haas driver Mick Schumacher.


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SPORT NEWS – Bottas leads dominant Mercedes in third Qatar GP follow


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