Red Bull driver Max Verstappen set the fastest time during the last Formula 1 training session in Portugal. The Dutchman was 0.236 seconds faster than world championship captain Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes in Portimo on Saturday. Hamilton’s teammate Valteri Bodas was third.
To qualify for the afternoon (4.00pm / Sky), it marks another close fight between World Cup runner-up Verstappen, who last won the race on Imola and current champion Hamilton. Britain is aiming for its 100th polar position in Formula 1.
Sebastian Vettel was once again in big trouble with his Aston Martin. The 33-year-old at Autotromo International to Alcarve could not have crossed 18th place in the air and slippery. “He’s still learning. This car has a completely different concept than the one previously driven. He needs more time in the car, ”said team boss Odmar Safnaur before Sky’s final fitness session.
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The cut was also slower than newcomer Mick Schumacher. The 22-year-old drove his Haas to 15th. (dpa)