Mercedes or Ferrari, Ferrari or Mercedes? A breakdown of Friday runs predicting a tight battle between the two teams that were eligible for the Brazilian Grand Prix as they continued to fight for the 2018 builders champion. But at the final free practice session, Sebastian Vettel With Arrows a shot, sending her Ferrari around Interlagos 0.217 faster than closest competitor Lewis Hamilton.
Vettel & # 39; s 1m 07.948 represented a new history in the Grand Prix in Brazil, and was good to Germany as he qualified. Ferrari needs to start Mercedes by 13 points this weekend to ensure that the fight in those starters' championship goes on to Abu Dhabi. And it was anticipated that Ferrari had a 0.33 advantage over Mercedes and Red Bull in terms of race speed, the pole could be essential later this afternoon if the Italian squad wants to keep their hopes of bringing at least one title back to Maranello is alive.
There was more trouble for Hamilton, too, his Mercedes W09 sent ominous smokes on several points throughout FP3, while the British driver was distributed to the pool early in the session as personnel The Mercedes team formed a winter clause around the car. However, the problem did not seem to have a large impact on its performance to a large extent, however.
Behind Vettel and Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas himself got fourteen friend of Mercedes' team, after head of Free Practice 2 yesterday, and his fellow Finn Kimi Raikkonen showed a similar speed in the second Ferrari to go P4 around interlagos who were vigilant. warmer than yesterday.
A tweet by Max Verstappen On Saturday morning he suggested that the Red Bull driver would qualify for a better race on Sunday, with the team member Daniel Ricciardo likely to follow a similar strategy given that Australia is facing drop-in Five grid where he changed his turbocharger RB14. It seemed that those running in FP3, Verstappen went P5, about 0.785 Vettel speed, with Ricciardo a tenth back in the sixth.
The best of the rest for the first time this weekend was Kevin Magnussen as Haas continued to show a leading speed in this field, the team led by Romane Grosjean, the Dane team in P7, while Pierre Gasly use the latest Honda Spec 3 energy unit effectively. Ninth for Toro Rosso in front of Sauber Charles Leclerc.
Renault continues to find that they can match the pace of the four places against the Haas competitors, with Nico Hulkenberg going to P11 – Germany has fallen dramatically in FP2 yesterday – while Carlos Sainz has dropped in M14 . There was also a tough session for Force India, Esteban Ocon, the fastest jury in the 12th – the French runner with a five-grid reduction, crossing his boxes yesterday yesterday – while Sergio Perez had split up; McLarens's 19th, Mexican Irate complains about traffic in the final stages of the session.
Meanwhile, it was also a difficult FP3 for photographers and birds, with Perez almost running over the past when he tried to pull in to the ponds of the Indian Police, and McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne seems to catch Unlucky example of Brazilian bird wildlife with its MCL33 tire.
So, the Ferrari and Vettel with the advanced hand will be eligible. They know that they have a lot to do to keep the starter's title fight going to the weekend of the season – but there will be a pole situation for either their drivers later today today helps their cause.