Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen also have a tight duel before the Formula 1 qualifying in Spain, but Mercedes seems to be gradually back in the top group. WM leader Leclerc in Ferrari won the third free training of Barcelona 1: 19.772 minutes, world champion Verstappen in the Red Bull was only 72 thousands behind.
Within only two tenths to the top, however, the Mercedes duo was also on Saturday afternoon: the young George Russell was a bit faster as a record world champion Lewis Hamilton. Mercedes, so far quite significantly third force, wants to create the turn with some updates in Barcelona.
For Mick Schumacher, the session ended before it started: at temperatures of 32 degrees, the Haas pilot headed the box with a burning brake, the fire had to be deleted, the work on the car could not be completed until the end of the training.
At Schumacher’s arrival in front of the box, a member of the box crew also fell, but the man was apparently unharmed. Immediately before qualifying (4:00 p.m. LiveTicker), the missed session was a setback for Schumacher.
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Sebastian Vettel only completed the training as twelfth, and the fully revised Aston Martin did not bring a real improvement at first. The focus is still on the car this weekend: Due to the great similarity to the RB18, Vettel’s team of Red Bull was accused of offensive the dating of the data. However, the FIA completed an investigation and freed Aston Martin about the suspicion.