German Grand Prix: Final practice session disrupted by heavy rain, Sauber's Charles Lecler records fastest finish
Heavy rains during the final practice session of the German Grand Prix has led to a couple of unexpected changes in the pole rankings, with only nine of the 20 drivers finishing laps.
Hockenheim: Rain washed out most of Saturday’s final German Grand Prix practice session, with less than half the Formula One grid setting a lap time.
The conditions allowed some of the lesser teams to grab some attention, with Sauber’s Monegasque rookie Charles Leclerc top of the timesheets ahead of Swedish team mate Marcus Ericsson. The time of one minute 34.577 seconds was more than 21 seconds slower than Max Verstappen’s Friday best for Red Bull in hot conditions.
Williams, with only four points from 10 races and struggling at the back of the field, had Russian Sergey Sirotkin third fastest, one place ahead of Ferrari’s championship leader Sebastian Vettel.
Only nine of the 20 drivers did set a time. The Meteo France weather forecast had predicted a 40 percent chance of rain for the session, with a 60 percent likelihood for qualifying.
This could shake things up for Sunday’s race when better weather is expected to return, although it will make little difference for Red Bull’s Australian Daniel Ricciardo who is set to start at the back due to power unit penalties.
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