Vettel edges Hamilton in final practice – FP3 Report

Italian Grand Prix – Championship rivals Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton were separated by less than one tenth of a second in the final practice session.

Despite rain falling at Monza overnight, better conditions and support series action meant that drivers were able to make use of the slick tyres straight away, although they initially had to avoid the damper edges of the circuit.

With drivers making the most of the dry running, Vettel narrowly beat Hamilton in the final qualifying simulations at Monza.

The Ferrari man registered a lap of 1:20.509 to beat Hamilton by 0.081 of a second, with team-mate Kimi Raikkonen just 0.173 of a second off the pace.

By comparison, Valtteri Bottas was a distant fourth with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen being the last man to set a lap time within one second of Vettel’s time.

Haas’ Kevin Magnussen set the sixth-fastest time ahead of Force India’s Esteban Ocon, the second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo, Sauber’s Charles Leclerc, and team-mate Romain Grosjean.

Following Marcus Ericsson’s spectacular crash in free practice two yesterday, the Swede has been given a new chassis and new power unit for this weekend’s race.

The new power unit components will carry a grid penalty, whilst Sauber worked through the curfew hours on Friday night to Saturday morning to get the car ready.

A team is allowed to break the curfew just twice in a season, with this being the first time Sauber have had to do so.

To view the full results of the session, click here.

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