During all days of racing weekend in Brazil, there is a chance of heavy rain in every session on the track. The opening practice on Friday was wet, but the weather for the final one was much warmer and drier.
The McLaren driver Lando Norris hit the road first, then he was joined by Alex Albon form Red Bull and Romain Grosjean from Haas.
The Toro Rosso drivers had some engine failures yesterday, however, at the same they were on old engines with pretty high mileage. After 17 minutes from the session’s start both were already in top 10: Kvyat – 8th, Gasly – 10th. During the session Daniil faced problems with the brakes, he had a wide at Turn 1. However, to the end of the session Kvyat could managed to deal with the brakes and back to the first 10, in P7. Pierre remained out of top 10, with 12th position.
On the 40th minute of the practice the leaders entered the struggle and began to set the times. The first one was Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel who showed 1:09.666. However, the Mercedes drivers were faster. Valtteri Bottas couldn’t overturn Vettel, since he lost time in the final sector. His teammate Lewis Hamilton also lost time in the same part, but anyway went to the top with 1:09.562. Vettel’s teammate Charles Leclerc took sector 1 and 3, but couldn’t improve in the second, so he went in P2.
Red Bull was not going to stay away and in few laps, Max Verstappen beat Lewis time with 1:09.327, while Alex Albon was concerned about his tyres, said to the team: "Feels like the tyres are really overheating at the front". In more few laps Max improved time to 1:09.063.
By the half-way point of the session, almost nothing had happened or changed on the track. Something interesting: Grosjean accused Perez in pushing off the track, but frankly speaking Grosjean stayed on the track.
Meanwhile in Mercedes boxes the team tried to find the right tyre temperature. 18 minutes before the finish Mercedes cars back to the track. Hamilton set the best time – 1:08.320, showed once again the best sector 2. Bottas improved a little, but personally, what wasn’t enough to jump out of P5.
The full results of FP3: