Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets in final practice in Barcelona, while the session ended in bizarre fashion as Esteban Ocon crashed avoiding Kevin Magnussen.
Hamilton was ahead of Valtteri Bottas in the other Mercedes with Verstappen third in a carbon copy of the top three in FP2.
However, the Dutchman was closer to the Black Arrows and finished half a second behind Hamilton, while Bottas was 0.151s behind the leader. all cars set flying laps on the soft tyres, with the hard sets looking well off the pace.
Carlos Sainz finished a strong fourth at his home track after struggling with overheating in yesterday’s running, he’s had several parts replaced on the car over the weekend so far but seems to have hit on a winning formula and was three-quarters of a second ahead of teammate Lando Norris.
Ocon hit the wall on the run to turn four, on a slow lap. He let Magnussen through on the inside of turn three, but the Dane was also running slowly and braked before turn four to let a Williams past.
Ocon had accelerated up the mini-straight and didn’t see Magnussen had slowed until he was right on the gearbox of the Haas, and then took evasive action and turned left.
He hit the concrete wall on the inside of the track and suffered front-end damage, but it didn’t look to be too serious and it shouldn’t hinder his qualifying this afternoon.
On Thursday, the Frenchman described the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya as one of his favourite tracks and finished the session eleventh, just behind his teammate.
Esteban Ocon swerves to avoid hitting Kevin Magnussen and is in the wall! 💥
FP3 finishes under a red flag 🚩
— Sky Sports F1 (@SkySportsF1) August 15, 2020
Sainz headed the midfield battle, half a tenth ahead of Sergio Perez who recorded an impressive fifth in only his third time in the car since the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Charles Leclerc again looked good with a sixth-place, although was slightly off the pace of the Hispanic duo, and was closely followed by Pierre Gasly in seventh.
Lance Stroll was again unable to match his teammate and ran eighth, ahead of another driver with teammate-trouble: Alex Albon in ninth and six tenths behind Verstappen.
Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen had good sessions though – the Frenchman has ran well all weekend and was 13th, while Kimi Raikkonen backed up a good performance in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix by finishing 14th, a hundredth behind Grosjean.
Also outside the top ten were Sebastian Vettel, Lando Norris and Daniil Kvyat who placed 12th, 15th and 16th respectively and all well behind their teammates.