Formula 1: Leclerc fastest in final British GP practice

Formula 1: Leclerc fastest in final British GP practice

Leclerc fastest in final British GP practice
Ferrari's Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc drives during the third practice session at Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on Jul 13, 2019 ahead of the British Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo: AFP/Andrej Isakovic)

SILVERSTONE, England: Charles Leclerc led team mate Sebastian Vettel in a Ferrari one-two in final practice for the British Grand Prix on Saturday (Jun 13) with Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton third for Mercedes.

Leclerc lapped with a best time of one minute 25.905 seconds on soft tyres in cold and drizzly conditions, 0.026 quicker than his four times champion team mate who won at Silverstone last season.

Hamilton, winner of four of the last five races at Silverstone, put in a best lap of 1:25.954 with Red Bull's Pierre Gasly fourth and again quicker than team mate Max Verstappen.

The top three were separated by just 0.049 of a second, pointing to a tight battle in the afternoon's qualifying session. Hamilton has been on pole at the former World War Two airfield for the past four years.

Valtteri Bottas, fastest on Friday for Mercedes, was only sixth on the timesheets.

The bearded Finn is 31 points adrift of five times world champion Hamilton after nine of 21 races, eight of them won by Mercedes. Verstappen won the previous round in Austria.

British teenage rookie Lando Norris was again impressive for Renault-powered McLaren in seventh place and ahead of the Renault factory team pairing of Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Toby Davis)

Source: Reuters/zl

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