After being the fastest in the two free practice sessions held yesterday at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve (AIA), in Portimão, preparing for the Portuguese Grand Prix in Formula 1, Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) was again the fastest this Saturday morning, when he recorded the time of 1´16.654 in the third free practice session.
Bottas' teammate Lewis Hamilton was 2nd fastest, spending 0.026s, while Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing) was third with 0.158s more than Bottas.
The end of the session was marked by the exit of a runoff from the track, at turn 14, immediately after the passage of Ferrari by Sebastian Vettel, about a minute from the end. The situation left debris on the track and the entry of the red flag dictated the immediate end of the session.
As with other cars on Friday, Charles Leclerc's Ferrari slid at the entrance to turn 14, causing a slight departure from the track. Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes was also forced to abort a fast lap after losing control at turn 7, entering the gravel at turn 8.
The cars returned to the pit lane for the last few adjustments, with a view to qualifying that will define the starting grid, starting at 3 pm.