Formula 1 2020: Valtteri Bottas tops final practice ahead of qualifying at Italian GP

Bottas was 0.229 seconds faster than Carlos Sainz and 0.323 quicker than Lando Norris after an impressive showing from the McLaren pair.

The Associated Press September 05, 2020 18:21:44 IST
Formula 1 2020: Valtteri Bottas tops final practice ahead of qualifying at Italian GP

Monza: Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas led third and final practice for the Italian Grand Prix ahead of qualifying later on Saturday.

Bottas was 0.229 seconds faster than Carlos Sainz and 0.323 quicker than Lando Norris after an impressive showing from the McLaren pair.

The session was interrupted about 10 minutes from the end after a mechanical problem with Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault, with the cars managing to come out for a final flying lap.

Formula 1 2020 Valtteri Bottas tops final practice ahead of qualifying at Italian GP

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas steers his car during the third practice session of Italian Grand Prix in Monza. AP

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton was fifth fastest but survived a fright at the end, with the Mercedes driver swerving at speed on the approach to the Parabolica corner to avoid two cars going slowly side by side.

Ferrari again struggled with Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel not among the 10 fastest on the team's home track.

Hamilton will be aiming for a record-extending 94th pole position in qualifying.

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