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Russian GP - Free Practice 3: Hamilton tops practice with a new track record

Hamilton ends the last session before Qualifying with a 1:33.067 and sets a new track record right in front of Bottas and Vettel. Also not too strong seemed the Red Bulls like they did yesterday.

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Russian GP - Free Practice 3: Hamilton tops practice with a new track record
Fuente imagen: Mercedes AMG F1

Saturday kicks off with a cloudy sky but no rain though.

Alonso and Leclerc were the first out on track as they went green. Also the first timed lap goes to Fernando Alonso quickly followed by Sergey Sirotkin with a 1:37.704.

With almost 10 min went by they were just some other drivers on track but only for installation laps.

After Alonso improved his lap time, the first real faster laps come from the Ferrari's with Vettel setting a 1:33.859.

Bottas the first Mercedes out on track drove the fastest time so far today with a 1:33.809.

Right after Bottas lap they were yellow flags in Sector 3 because Grosjean went off track, but nothing happened.

As they went halfway through with 30 min to go Hamilton leads the field with a 1:33.496 with Bottas 0.3 sec behind. At this time Verstappen and Hulkenberg are the only ones yet to set a time.

After the traffic went by with 18 min left there are only Vettel, Gasly and Alonso on track doing some more laps.

As Bottas went out again he still managed to get a 1:33.321 with a first slow sector, but his lap time fastly got beaten by his teammate Lewis Hamilton one lap later who sets a new track record with a 1:33.067.

With 10 min to go there wasn't much to see from the Red Bulls as they seemed quit strong yesterday.

Now time starts to fall as Verstappen improved to 5th with a 1:33.937. His teammate Daniel Ricciardo also improved to 6th with 1.3 sec behind the leader as they were only 2 min left.

A session with not much happening ends with Hamilton on P1 followed by Bottas, Vettel and Raikkonen. Also right before the end of FP3 Grosjean again spun.

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