German Grand Prix – Charles Leclerc pipped team-mate Sebastian Vettel to top the qualifying simulations at the Hockenheimring, as Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly crashed out.
Picking up from where Vettel left off in the morning session, Leclerc had the edge over his colleague by setting the fastest lap by 0.124 of a second.
With concerns over the durability of the soft tyre in the scorching hot conditions in Germany, drivers fought to keep the tyres alive for a full flying lap.
The Ferrari drivers set the pace, but Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton kept them in close company, setting a lap just 0.02 behind Vettel’s best effort.
Valtteri Bottas made an error on his flying lap, meaning he was over six tenths off the pace and only just ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
Romain Grosjean – allegedly still running an earlier specification of Haas car – was the sixth-fastest driver, leading Lance Stroll in the heavily-updated Racing Point.
Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen finished the afternoon session in eighth, with Nico Hulkenberg (Renault) and Sergio Perez (Racing Point).
There were technical gremlins for the likes of Hulkenberg, Grosjean and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz, who might all have fallen victim to the hot conditions.
Slightly losing the rear-end of the Red Bull car, Gasly corrected the slide, but then the car was sent towards the barrier on the outside of the corner.