Drivers would complete installation laps and then a few drivers would come
out set start setting lap times. Gasly would set a 1m:49.605 to be quickest
from Robert. On the medium tyre Bottas and Hamilton would go first and
second, with the quickest time a 1m:45.676. The track was now quite busy
with just over forty five minutes remaining, with both Williams running. On
the soft tyre the Ferrari's would go quickest with Leclerc setting a
1m:44.352 to be ahead of Vettel. But Hamilton would go quicker with a
1m:43.929 to lead Leclerc and Vettel. As the session progressed Leclerc
would move back to the top of the times with a 1m:42.638 from Vettel,
Hamilton, Norris, Bottas, Perez, Albon, Raikkonen, Sainz and Kvyat in tenth.
Albon would improve to be fourth ahead of now Raikkonen and Norris. Bottas
had dropped to ninth but was still on the medium tyre. Verstappen was now
fifth followed by Kvyat and Sainz in seventh. With twenty minutes remaining
the track was quite empty but both Williams were running. Both Mercedes
would return this time on the soft tyre. Bottas would go third but Hamilton
would move ahead into this spot. Other drivers would start their qualifying
simulations with Perez now fifth and Stroll eighth. Only Vettel and George
were not out on the track. Verstappen would move up to second. Vettel was
now running while team-mate Leclerc would set a 1m:41.604 to be 1.2s ahead
of Verstappen. Vettel was able to move back into second as the session drew
to a close. In third was Verstappen followed by Bottas, Hamilton, Kvyat,
Magnussen, Albon, Perez, and Raikkonen tenth.
The Williams drivers would
finish at the rear of the times in 18th and 19th but the gap between the
Williams drivers was very close just 0.290s which was encouraging from the
point of view that Robert was able to set times better than George.
With eight minutes of the session completed Robert would come out running on
soft tyres. Robert would quickly set a time of 1m:49.832. Robert would set a
1m:48.121 to improve to be ahead of Gasly. Robert would drop down the order
but would improve with a 1m:48.094. He would pit briefly changing to a new
set of soft tyres for a further run. But he would pit after just one lap.
With thirty minutes remaining Robert would return again on the soft tyre.
Robert would set a 1m:47.012 to find further time. He would pit after a five
lap run. With around ten minutes remaining Robert would return and would set
a 1m:46.000 finding 1.012s in his qualifying run. Robert would pit after a
six lap run as the session ended.
George would come out early running on the hard tyre, looking to check his
car out after the overnight rebuild. He would pit after a single lap
returning to his pit. After a check of his car George would return running
on the soft tyre. George would set a slow 1m:53.738 no doubt as he assessed
his car. George was still running slowly setting a 1m:51.399. He would
improve with a 1m:51.230. With a 1m:50.952 George would pit after a seven
lap run. With twenty five minutes George would return on a new set of soft
tyres. He would set a 1m:48.827 which would see him slowest and well behind
his team-mate. George would improve with a 1m:47.984 to be behind his
team-mate. but was 0.9 slower. He would pit after a five lap run. George
would also come out for his qualifying simulation and would set a 1m:46.720
to be 0.7s behind his team-mate. But he was able to improve with a 1m:46.290
to close the gap to Robert. George would also complete a six lap run orior