Valtteri Bottas topped the timesheets in a fiercely-competitive Practice Three at the Brazilian GP, as Ferrari closed in on Mercedes ahead of qualifying.
The top four drivers were separated by just five-hundredths of a second in a session which hinted at a fascinating shootout for pole later in the day.
After Lewis Hamilton led a double Mercedes one-two in Friday’s sessions it was Bottas’ turn with a day later as he posted a 1:09.281 to lead the way, the quickest time of the weekend so far.
Hamilton was just three-thousandths of a second adrift of his team-mate but it was Ferrari’s resurgence that was most noteworthy, with Kimi Raikkonen third and just 0.045seconds behind Bottas’ benchmark and Vettel a further 0.013s back.
Brazilian GP Practice Three Timesheet Driver Team Time 1) Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:09.281 2) Lewis Hamilton Mercedes + 0.003 3) Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari + 0.045 4) Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 0.058 5) Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull + 0.963 6) Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda + 1.007 7) Sergio Perez Force India + 1.041 8) Esteban Ocon Force India + 1.076 9) Max Verstappen Red Bull + 1.214 10) Carlos Sainz Renault + 1.318 11) Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Honda + 1.356 12) Felipe Massa Williams + 1.390 13) Kevin Magnussen Haas + 1.440 14) Nico Hulkenberg Renault + 1.462 15) Romain Grosjean Haas + 1.481 16) Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso + 1.700 17) Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso + 1.804 18) Pascal Wehrlein Sauber + 1.845 19) Marcus Ericsson Sauber + 2.199 14) Lance Stroll Williams No time set
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