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Mercedes tops during last practice session in Qatar, Max Verstappen has to chase

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The final practice session for the first-ever Qatar GP in Formula 1 had barely started when the lights went red again. Nikita Mazepin had come to a stop when pulling away from the pitlane.

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Fortunately, the session was able to resume quickly and about halfway through the session Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in his Mercedes.

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Team-mate Valtteri Bottas was a handful of thousandths faster than Hamilton moments later, the Finn clearly feels very good on the Losail International Circuit.

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During the final session, the drivers increasingly push the limits of the car and the track, of course in preparation for qualifying and the race. We saw that things also go wrong with Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari.

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In the end it was Valtteri Bottas who set the fastest time, followed in a handful of thousandths by Lewis Hamilton. Max Verstappen had to settle for third place.

01 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1: 22.310 17

02 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:22.388 16

03 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:22.651 19

04 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:22.835 17

05 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1: 22.846 14

06 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1: 23.048 17

07 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:23.186 13

08 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:22.209 18

09 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1: 23.276 17

10 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1: 23.567 20

11 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1: 23.711 14

12 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:23.884 17

13 Lando Norris McLaren 1: 23.895 16

14 George Russell Williams 1:23.923 17

15 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:24.154 17

16 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1: 24.246 19

17 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1: 24.288 17

18 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:24.499 15

19 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:24.680 20

20 Nikita Mazepin Haas — 1

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(F1journaal.be)

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