Verstappen tops FP3 at Montreal

  • 09 Jun 2018 18:02
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  • By: Paul Athes

After a magnificent display of form in the first two free practices of the Canadian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen once again set the fastest time of the third and last free practice. The young Dutchman set a flying lap recorded in 1:11.599, only 0.049 faster than Sebastian Vettel, who managed to finish ahead of his teammate Kimi Raikkonen.

Lewis Hamilton was the fastest Mercedes driver. The reigning world champion ended fourth, nearly two tenths behind Verstappen. Behind him, Daniel Ricciardo completed the top five, while Valtteri Bottas ended FP3 in sixth, seven tenths behind Verstappen. 

Sergio Perez was the best of the rest in FP3. The Mexican finished seventh, but nearly 1.4 seconds behind the reference set by Verstappen. Nico Hulkenberg, Romain Grosjean and Stoffel Vandoorne were the other drivers inside the top ten in FP3. Behind them, Esteban Ocon narrowly missed out once again a top ten place. 

The Frenchman finished eleventh ahead of Brendon Hartley and Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard, who is racing in his 300th grand prix at Montreal, had another lacklustre session. His best lap was 1.7 seconds slower than the flying lap set by Verstappen. Carlos Sainz Jr. and Pierre Gasly finished 14th and 15th, while Charles Leclerc was once again the fastest Sauber driver as the Monegasque finished 16th.

Behind Leclerc, the other drivers classsified in FP3 were Kevin Magnussen, Sergey Sirotkin, Marcus Ericsson and Lance Stroll, who once again had a disastruos session in front of his home fans. 

The action from Montreal will restart in about two hours when the qualifying session is set to take place at the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit.


Paul Athes 

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  • This is more realistic IMO. I dont really expect STR to do well here.

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    • Jun 9 2018 - 18:14
  • And that was the third head butt!

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    • Jun 9 2018 - 18:44
    • TimberVD

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      Haha, too early. I'll wait until he's on the podium. But yeah, that's one way to shut up the critics. Seems like he's enjoying himself!

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      • Jun 9 2018 - 19:12
    • Either this is him shutting them/us up, or it is him accepting and adjusting to the criticism he has received. One is less impressive, whereas the other will have a more longterm impact in terms of performance.

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      • Jun 9 2018 - 20:12
    • TimberVD

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      Nah, he's a guy that doesn't give a monkeys about what the critics think of him. And who he is and what he does has taken him this far. All the greats have made serious mistakes yet the critics of them have faded into nothingness. Plenty of people who have said he is overdriving and only tracks that have got large run off areas suits his driving style. Maybe we should duct tape some of those keyboard warriors to the wall of champions and let Max see how close he can get lol.

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      • Jun 9 2018 - 22:39
    • Not listening to what others say about you is nice and all, but is severely over romanticized and has its share of limitations. If I didnt listen to criticism from my colleagues and the donours I care for, I would have a very limited scope of evolution. Listening to and filtering criticism is a key skill, even for a race driver. Im among those who said that tracks with good margins suit him better, and behold: he does well on a track with wider track and mostly plentiful run off areas. Him doing well here doesnt mean he will e.g do well in Singapore.

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      • Jun 9 2018 - 22:51
    • And I will repeat this: people saying he could do something better isnt keyboard warfare. You, my sweet summer child, dont know of keyboard warfare yet, it seems. The kind we see on the marred grounds of Youtube or the toxic swamps of 9Gag. This is just criticism and opinions. And those are good to have, and contribute to a healthy discussion, especially if there is a great variety of them, whether we agree with them or not.

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      • Jun 9 2018 - 22:54
    • TimberVD

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      He listens to the people who actually matter, not to the critics. I'm not talking about keyboard warriors on here but on the aforementioned websites. Not sure why you have to speak derisively? Seems a developing pattern. Bit silly really, makes the good points you do make fall to the background.

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      • Jun 10 2018 - 00:09
    • Honestly, its not as much derivisely as its me just trying to lighten things up. Since I feel comfortable with having a sensible discussion with you, I feel its unnecessary to be all gray and dead serious. But I can adress that for future discussions, should it please you. Or try at least. :)

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      • Jun 10 2018 - 10:29

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