Bottas completes clean sweep in FP3 - Portuguese GP
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  • Bottas finding form

Valtteri Bottas did not lose a beat after both Friday sessions as he took to the track on Saturday morning and continuing to top the timesheets out in Portimão. 

Lewis Hamilton got a clear track today after the heavily interrupted FP2 and showed signs of good pace slotting just behind teammate Bottas as the battle of the Mercedes continues.

For all neutrals out there it was a promising morning session as Max Verstappen put the rest of the field on his back once again finishing 0.158 seconds off the pace.

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  • Honda power looking strong

Pierre Gasly put his recovered Alpha Tauri into P4 impressing whilst being just under three-tenths off the pace way outperforming the car beneath him.

Alex Albon and Charles Leclerc followed again only showing positives for Leclerc constantly outperforming his teammate and the car. Edging into the top 10 was Carlos Sainz, Sergio Perez, Lando Norris and Esteban Ocon. 

This, alongside Sebastian Vettel, Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo finishing right outside the top 10, is showing yet again how tight the midfield is. Split only by a couple of tenths and a mixture of teams in such a tight space promotes a close race come Sunday.

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  • Raikkonen always has late-season form

Kimi Raikkonen has recently started to look the class of the backfield and continues to do so. We saw this at his second stint at Ferrari and Lotus when two of his three wins came very late on in the season. Today we see him again keeping a tenth or two ahead of the rest.

Speaking of outperforming, George Russell continues to outperform teammate Nicholas Latifi putting himself again, like Raikkonen, a couple of tenths ahead of the man on the other side of the garage.

Haas appears to be struggling a little more than usual this weekend with Kevin Magnussen finishing in P18 and Romain Grosjean ending up P20 and last of all leaving a very difficult task ahead of them for qualifying.