Frenchman Pierre Gasly set the fastest time in the third and final free practice session of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in 1.42.251 (Tender).
The AlphaTauri driver is three tenths ahead of the Red Bull of Sergio Perez (Tender) and four tenths of the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton (Tender).
Behind, Charles Leclerc (+0.527), Carlos Sainz (+0.755), Lando Norris (+0.760), Fernando Alonso (+0.829), Yuki Tsunoda (+0.993), Esteban Ocon (+1.043) and Daniel Ricciardo (+1.306) round out the top ten.
Verstappen dances the rail
After the first thirty minutes, Red Bull driver Max Verstappen sent his car into the wall of tires when braking at Turn 15 (the same one where Charles Leclerc hit on Friday).
After the shock, the Dutchman failed to engage reverse gear which forced the race management to display a red flag to allow the marshals to clear the damaged Red Bull.
The damage does not appear to be significant on Max Verstappen’s Red Bull, which should allow him to take part in qualifying this afternoon.
The Mercedes still in the background but …
Bluff or real problem, the two Mercedes drivers are still behind this Saturday morning.
Just like this Friday, Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton complained about a lack of grip on their car, forcing them to take a little more risks than usual, even if it means visiting the loopholes from time to time.
At the end of the session, Lewis Hamilton still got closer to the leaders, but still lags four tenths behind the best time in FP3.
Russell and pan
Williams driver George Russell had to immobilize his car following an engine problem. The Briton dismounted prematurely this Saturday morning. Hopefully he can take part in the qualifying session this afternoon.
The qualifying session for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix is scheduled for Saturday 5 June at 2:00 p.m. (Paris time) and will obviously be watched live on F1only.fr.