FP3: P1 for Leclerc in practice washout

Date published: July 21 2018

Charles Leclerc

Saturday’s final practice for the German GP was a washout with the only drama a bit of confusion over reports that Lewis Hamilton is feeling under the weather.

While whispers in the paddock initially stated he was ill, Mercedes insisted that he was well enough to drive Рif they decided to do so in the rain.

After Friday’s heatwave, the weather changed overnight and the rain came down prior to final practice resulting in a wet track.

Nico Hulkenberg got the timesheet going with a 1:36.873 but with his team-mate Carlos Sainz kicking off the spinning, Renault were soon back in the garage and silence fell over the track.

Renault were forced to change the floor of Sainz’s RS18 after his spin.

Such were the conditions that their team boss Cyril Abiteboul said: “In these conditions, qualifying may not happen.”

50 minutes into FP3 and Hulkenberg was still the only driver to have posted a lap time however there was at least some action as a few drivers finally ventured out of the pits with 10 minutes remaining.

As lap times were laid down, Charles Leclerc went P1, then Sebastian Vettel before he spun, and finally Leclerc again. A 1:34.577 for the Sauber rookie.

The session ended with nine times on the board, and a single lap from Hamilton – the last driver to put in a lap in the wet.

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Times
1 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:34.577
2 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 0.423s
3 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 0.757s
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.996s
5 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1.082s
6 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1.574s
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 2.296s
8 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 3.178s
9 Lance Stroll Williams 3.816s
10 Romain Grosjean Haas
11 Kevin Magnussen Haas
12 Max Verstappen Red Bull
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren
14 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
15 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull
16 Carlos Sainz Renault
17 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
18 Esteban Ocon Force India
19 Sergio Perez Force India
20 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes