Max Verstappen also set the fastest lap in the last free practice session before qualifying for the season opener Grand Prix in Bahrain. The Red Bull driver relegated world champion Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes to second place on Saturday at almost 40 degrees in the desert of Sachir.
Verstappen had already dominated the first two training sessions on Friday and can now certainly hope for the fourth pole position of his career. His new team-mate Sergio Perez finished fifth in the second Red Bull behind Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes / 1.278) (1.331).
Of the three newcomers to the premier class, Yuki Tsunoda was the fastest, the Japanese Alpha Tauri driver came in 13th (2,132). The new Haas duo Nick Schumacher (GER / 2.845) and Nikita Mazepin (RUS / 3.045) took ranks 18 and 19.
Bahrain Grand Prix