By Harry Schofield:
The last Practice session before this afternoons all important qualifying started off with very high track and ambient temperatures.
Team principles had a meeting at the Pirelli hospitality motor home this morning to discuss tyre strategy’s, rules and more importantly penalty’s for the foreseeable future, but everything from the meeting has been kept quite with rumours about running all tyre compounds that are available in the race being talked about as a possible introduction for the 2021 season.
Renault in the early stages of the session looked very strong, with a lot of key Renault personnel at their home Race.
Ferrari seem to have a good race set set up with a well balanced car, only struggling in the last part of the lap.
George Russell had a suspected Engine Failure half way through the session, awaiting confirmation from the Williams team on the issue.
27 degrees ambient temperature and set to rise into this afternoons Qualifying , so track data analysis is crucial to take into qualifying but also for tomorrows race.
Sebastian Vettel had an issue with his seatbelt, which had to be replaced, but with the Halo now part of the F1 car it was extremely awkward to replace with the Halo in situ .
Lando Norris had a suspected engine issue, which hopefully will be sorted without any penalty, as he is continuing to set good pace this weekend.
Normal proceedings as normal for Mercedes as they once again toped the time sheets for the 3rd and final practice session before this afternoon qualifying .
With Valtteri Bottas quickest.
Charles Leclerc was 3rd just behind Sebastian Vettel in 4th place.
Pirelli Grand Prix de France, FP3 Results:
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:30.159
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0.041s
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 0.446s
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.474s
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1.379s
6 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1.440s
7 Lando Norris McLaren 1.495s
8 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1.643s
9 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1.728s
10 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1.784s
11 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1.864s
12 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 2.012s
13 Alex Albon Toro Rosso 2.019s
14 Romain Grosjean Haas 2.226s
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas 2.241s
16 Sergio Perez Racing Point 2.332s
17 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 2.381s
18 Lance Stroll Racing Point 2.519s
19 Robert Kubica Williams 3.743s
20 George Russell Williams 9.828s
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© Harry Schofield 2019