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Max Verstappen Keeps Mercedes Duo at Bay in Final Austrian GP Practice

Max Verstappen (Photo Credit: AP)

Max Verstappen (Photo Credit: AP)

Red Bull's world championship leader Max Verstappen topped the timesheets in the third and final practice for the Austrian Grand Prix ahead of the qualifying on Saturday.

Red Bull’s world championship leader Max Verstappen topped the timesheets in the third and final practice for the Austrian Grand Prix at Spielberg on Saturday. Verstappen finished the session more than half a second quicker than Mercedes duo Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton, who earlier had signed a new two year contract with the Silver Arrows until 2023.

Verstappen leads Hamilton by 18 points in the drivers’ standings and the in-form Dutch driver will be favourite to take pole for Sunday’s race after winning from the front at the circuit last week.

Austrian Grand Prix third free practice

Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull-Honda) 1min 04.591sec (15 laps), Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Mercedes) 1:05.129 (22), Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 1:05.277 (20), Pierre Gasly (FRA/AlphaTauri-Honda) 1:05.280 (27), Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA/Alfa Romeo-Ferrari) 1:05.345 (27), Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Ferrari) 1:05.347 (29), Sergio Perez (MEX/Red Bull-Honda) 1:05.396 (20), Fernando Alonso (ESP/Alpine-Renault) 1:05.434 (23), Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari) 1:05.484 (35), Sebastian Vettel (GER/Aston Martin-Mercedes) 1:05.542 (22),Lance Stroll (CAN/Aston Martin-Mercedes) 1:05.546 (19), Yuki Tsunoda (JPN/AlphaTauri-Honda) 1:05.561 (23), Esteban Ocon (FRA/Alpine-Renault) 1:05.674 (22), George Russell (GBR/Williams-Mercedes) 1:05.694 (23), Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren-Mercedes) 1:05.700 (23), Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/McLaren-Mercedes) 1:05.725 (21), Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Alfa Romeo-Ferrari) 1:05.747 (31), Mick Schumacher (GER/Haas-Ferrari) 1:06.078 (26), Nicholas Latifi (CAN/Williams-Mercedes) 1:06.105 (17), Nikita Mazepin (RUS/Haas-Ferrari) 1:06.289 (28)

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