Valtteri Bottas tops FP3 to get slight edge heading into qualifying
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  • Mercedes unstoppable?

Mercedes' Valterri Bottas topped the timesheet in the final practice session before qualifying at the British Grand Prix.

The Finnish driver finished 0.138 seconds ahead of teammate and championship rival Lewis Hamilton.

As has been the trend so far this season, Max Verstappen was the only person to get within touching distance of the Mercedes. Despite this, the car was still very nervous and difficult whereas the Mercedes again had an untaxing and straight forward session.

  • Midfield as competitive as ever

Strong times from Lance Stroll and Carlos Sainz gave optimism to McLaren and Racing Point putting their cars at the forefront of the midfield.

Charles Leclerc was not far behind the Mclaren and Racing Point, making it seem as if there are three manufacturers fighting for the head of the midfield, with Renault needing a tenth or two to make it four.

Pierre Gasly put in a very strong performance in the Alpha Tauri, getting his car inside the top 10 which many would see as overperforming the car as his form seems to be making strides at the start of this 2020 season.

  • Mixture of misfortune and optimism at the back

Towards the back end of the order in FP3, we saw the likes of Sebastian Vettel and Alex Albon. Albon being unfortunate with an electrical issue after wanting to get out to get track time after his incident yesterday. 

Vettel on the other hand just struggled. The car is not where he wants it and has not appeared to get close to Ferrari teammate Leclerc. On saying that, the end of the session was being put towards working on long runs rather than qualifying pace.

Further down the order, we saw an optimistic George Russell, who got his Williams up to 16th and only 0.199 off of Haas' Romain Grosjean which would be Q2 in qualifying. A great effort if he could do so at his home event.