Bottas tops Prac 3, Albon to miss qualifying after late crash

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Alex Albon will miss qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix having ended Practice 3 in the barriers after suffering a high-impact crash at the final corner.

The Thai rookie sailed wide onto the astroturf at Turn 16 at Shanghai, losing control of his STR14 and making contact with the tyre barrier on the right-hand side at high speed.

Albon walked away from the incident unharmed, but Scuderia Toro Rosso has since advised that his car will not be rebuilt in time for qualifying.

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas continued on from his Friday performance by posting the fastest time of the session in the final 10 minutes.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel led the majority of the session before Bottas chimed in with a 1:32.830s which put him almost four tenths faster than the German.

Charles Leclerc in the second Ferrari finished in third position, within two hundredths of a second of Vettel’s time. Lewis Hamilton rounded out the top four with a 1:33.689s.

Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg also chalked up his fastest time in the closing stages of the session, finishing in fifth place for the second time this weekend after his impressive performance yesterday afternoon in Practice 2.

Team-mate Daniel Ricciardo could only manage 13th.

Kimi Räikkönen placed sixth in the Alfa Romeo machine while Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen ended the hour-long session in seventh.

Pierre Gasly struggled to 15th in the other RB15, eight tenths behind Max Verstappen.

McLaren’s Carlos Sainz finished in eighth while the Toro Rosso duo of Albon and Daniil Kvyat rounded out the top 10.

Haas’ result was one of the biggest surprises of the session with Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen in a lowly 17th and 18th position respectively.

Cars return to the track for qualifying at 1600 local time/AEST when the grid is set for the 1000th race in F1 history.

Results: Chinese Grand Prix, Practice 3

Pos Num Driver Team Time Diff Laps
1 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:32.830   11
2 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:33.222 +0.392s 12
3 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:33.248 +0.418s 10
4 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:33.689 +0.859s 10
5 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:33.974 +1.144s 11
6 7 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:34.246 +1.416s 14
7 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda 1:34.447 +1.617s 5
8 55 Carlos Sainz Mclaren Renault 1:34.510 +1.680s 9
9 23 Alexander Albon Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:34.600 +1.770s 11
10 26 Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:34.783 +1.953s 10
11 4 Lando Norris Mclaren Renault 1:34.938 +2.108s 11
12 11 Sergio Perez Racing Point Bwt Mercedes 1:35.078 +2.248s 9
13 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:35.142 +2.312s 11
14 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point Bwt Mercedes 1:35.223 +2.393s 10
15 10 Pierre Gasly Red Bull Racing Honda 1:35.326 +2.496s 8
16 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:35.726 +2.896s 12
17 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:35.771 +2.941s 14
18 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:35.998 +3.168s 15
19 63 George Russell Williams Mercedes 1:36.124 +3.294s 10
20 88 Robert Kubica Williams Mercedes 1:36.176 +3.346s 11

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