Red Bull’s Max Verstappen lapped quickest in last follow for the Portuguese Grand Prix on Saturday, with seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton second for Mercedes.
Hamilton is hoping to turn out to be the primary Formula One driver to succeed in 100 pole positions however Verstappen confirmed he might be laborious to beat in qualifying with a time of 1 minute 18.489 seconds on the Algarve circuit.
The lap was 0.236 sooner than Hamilton’s greatest effort and 0.331 faster than the Briton’s Finnish crew mate Valtteri Bottas.
Hamilton leads the standings after two races, a degree away from his Dutch rival because of a quickest lap on the earlier race in Imola.
Both have gained and completed second as soon as.
“It’s not possible to say now who the favorite is for qualifying. I feel they’re completely equal tempo and it’ll simply come right down to the motive force,” commented 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg, Hamilton’s former team mate.
It was the first time this weekend that Red Bull had led a practice session after Bottas and Hamilton were quickest in Friday’s two.
Mexican Sergio Perez was fourth fastest for Red Bull with Esteban Ocon fifth for Renault-owned Alpine, who appear to have picked up pace this weekend.
The Ferrari pairing of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz were sixth and seventh with McLaren’s Lando Norris, who spun, eighth on the timesheets.
The virtual safety car was deployed during the session after a track advertising hoarding blew over in gusty conditions and had to be retrieved.
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