Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport‘s Valtteri Bottas set the quickest time in a wet final practice session for the French Grand Prix, with the rain expecting to stay ahead of qualifying.
Bottas was able to set a quick time early in the session before the rain showers arrived at the ten minute point of the session. For majority of the session, no cars took to the wet circuit until the final ten minutes, with only six cars exploring the track on wet tyres.
Renault Sport Formula One Team‘s Carlos Sainz Jr. was second fastest ahead of the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team‘s Charles Leclerc, who was one of the six drivers to head out on track in the rain. Fernando Alonso placed his McLaren F1 Team car in fourth place ahead of Scuderia Ferrari‘s Sebastian Vettel.
Ahead of the final practice session before qualifying, Mercedes led the way forward with Lewis Hamilton leading all of Friday’s session at Paul Ricard.
Saturday practice got underway with the Alfa Romeo Sauber’s of Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson leading the way as a strong threat of rain started to approach the circuit.
Daniel Ricciardo reported in during his outlap a few drops on his visor, minutes within the session as Leclerc set the first time on the board with a 1:33.666s.
Bottas jumped up to the top of the table, as drivers started to struggle with the track with the rain arriving, and within the ten minutes, thr rain hit the track hard to force the drivers to cruise their way back to the pits, with some making errors off track. Verstappen skipped the chicane after the Mistral straight as he struggled to stop his RB14.
Fifteen minutes in and all the cars were back in, escaping the heavy rain hitting the circuit. No cars headed out on track for 40 minutes until with ten minutes to go, Alonso headed out on track in the rain on a set of wet tyres before coming in after one lap.
Williams Martini Racing‘s Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin followed the Spaniard’s trend of hitting the track and attempting a lap. Stroll went off track at Turn 7 before the Mistral straight but escaped no damage to his FW41.
Leclerc and both Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda‘s of Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly headed out on track with two minutes remaining on the wets to set a wet lap. Leclerc skipped the chicane on his lap in the difficult conditions as the session comes to an end.
In a mainly wet session, it was Valtteri Bottas who set the quickest time from the dry stint at the beginning of the session, ahead of Sainz, Leclerc, Alonso and Vettel as fifteen cars set a lap time in the final session before qualifying.
|1||77||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team||1:33.666|
|2||55||Carlos Sainz Jr||Renault Sport Formula One Team||1:34.953||1.287|
|3||16||Charles Leclerc||Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team||1:35.012||1.346|
|4||14||Fernando Alonso||McLaren Formula 1 Team||1:36.365||2.699|
|5||5||Sebastian Vettel||Scuderia Ferrari||1:36.756||3.090|
|6||2||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren Formula 1 Team||1:37.547||3.881|
|7||10||Pierre Gasly||Scuderia Toro Rosso||1:38.317||4.651|
|8||9||Marcus Ericsson||Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team||1:38.450||4.786|
|9||11||Sergio Perez||Sahara Force India F1 Team||1:39.641||5.975|
|10||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Aston Martin Red Bull Racing||1:39.738||6.072|
|11||31||Esteban Ocon||Sahara Force India F1 Team||1:40.087||6.421|
|12||44||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team||1:40.743||7.077|
|13||7||Kimi Raikkonnen||Scuderia Ferrari||1:49.711||16.045|
|14||18||Lance Stroll||Williams Martini Racing||2:02.399||28.733|
|15||35||Sergey Sirotkin||Williams Martini Racing||2:04.093||30.427|
|16||20||Kevin Magnussen||Haas-F1 Team||N/A||N/A|
|17||28||Brendon Hartley||Scuderia Toro Rosso||N/A||N/A|
|18||8||Romain Grosjean||Haas-F1 Team||N/A||N/A|
|19||27||Nico Hulkenberg||Renault Sport Formula One Team||N/A||N/A|
|20||33||Max Verstappen||Aston Martin Red Bull Racing||N/A||N/A|