Scuderia Ferrari top the time sheets in final practice for the United States Grand Prix, with Sebastian Vettel setting the fastest time.
The two Ferrari cars set the pace free practice three, which saw all cars head out on track early to gather as much data as possible in the sole dry practice session over the weekend. Vettel, managed to showcase the Italian team’s pace with a 1m33.797 ahead of team-mate Kimi Räikkönen.
Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport followed up behind the Ferrari’s with Lewis Hamilton placing himself in third, only 0.073 seconds slower than Vettel’s time. Valtteri Bottas followed behind the championship leader in fourth.
The Aston Martin Red Bull Racing‘s of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo set the fifth and sixth fastest time in final practice, with Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team‘s Charles Leclerc being the best of the rest in seventh.
Sergio Pérez placed himself in eighth place ahead of the Renault Sport Formula One Team of Carlos Sainz Jr. Haas F1 Team‘s Romain Grosjean rounded off the top ten.
After all of Friday practice took place in the rain, leaving teams with little running during the day, all cars headed out on track when the session began to start off their first laps on a dry track. The two Ferrari cars of Räikkönen and Vettel led the way early on ahead of the Racing Point Force India of Esteban Ocon and McLaren F1 Team‘s Stoffel Vandoorne.
The two Mercedes drivers of Hamilton and Bottas done long runs in the opening minutes and set times outside of the top ten. The two Red Bull cars sat in fifth and sixth behind Ocon and Vandoorne.
Bottas made the jump into the top three after 35 minutes of the session, setting a time 0.005 second slower than Vettel’s time in second. Hamilton joined Bottas into improving his time to go behind Bottas.
Vettel improved his time with a 1m33.797s and jumps ahead of Räikkönen to go fastest of the session with the Ultrasoft tyres, demonstrating Ferrari’s pace despite running without the updated floor introduced on Friday.
The Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda of Brendon Hartley brought out a brief yellow flag in the final sector after the New Zealand driver spun at the exit of Turn 19. He was able to recover and resume his final laps of practice.
After an hour of practice, Vettel set the fastest time of the session showcasing Ferrari’s pace around the Circuit of the Americas ahead of qualifying, where the German will take a three place grid penalty for a crucial title deciding race on Sunday.
|1||5||Sebastian Vettel||Scuderia Ferrari||1:33.797||20|
|2||7||Kimi Raikkonnen||Scuderia Ferrari||1:33.843||0.046||21|
|3||44||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team||1:33.870||0.073||23|
|4||77||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team||1:34.556||0.759||21|
|5||33||Max Verstappen||Aston Martin Red Bull Racing||1:34.703||0.906||21|
|6||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Aston Martin Red Bull Racing||1:34.910||1.113||20|
|7||16||Charles Leclerc||Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team||1:35.365||1.568||21|
|8||11||Sergio Perez||Racing Point Force India F1 Team||1:35.411||1.614||21|
|9||55||Carlos Sainz Jr||Renault Sport Formula One Team||1:35.450||1.653||21|
|10||8||Romain Grosjean||Haas-F1 Team||1:35.468||1.671||19|
|11||31||Esteban Ocon||Racing Point Force India F1 Team||1:35.562||1.765||22|
|12||10||Pierre Gasly||Scuderia Toro Rosso||1:35.713||1.916||27|
|13||20||Kevin Magnussen||Haas-F1 Team||1:35.770||1.973||19|
|14||27||Nico Hulkenberg||Renault Sport Formula One Team||1:35.882||2.085||19|
|15||9||Marcus Ericsson||Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team||1:36.000||2.203||21|
|16||18||Lance Stroll||Williams Martini Racing||1:36.188||2.391||21|
|17||35||Sergey Sirotkin||Williams Martini Racing||1:36.193||2.396||20|
|18||2||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren Formula 1 Team||1:36.302||2.505||23|
|19||28||Brendon Hartley||Scuderia Toro Rosso||1:36.330||2.533||26|
|20||14||Fernando Alonso||McLaren Formula 1 Team||1:36.332||2.535||20|