Max Verstappen was the only driver into the 1m 14s in a frenetic final practice session at Imola this morning. 

Bahrain’s polesitter was nearly half a second clear at the top from Lando Norris in what was a messy session for everyone involved.

Track limits were the overarching discussion with countless times deleted all morning which makes any running order a bit tricky to determine. But the facts are that Red Bull and Mercedes are very fast.

Ferrari are too with Pierre Gasly and Lando Norris joining Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz in the upper midfield fight as well. It all depends on a clean qualifying now for everyone to extract their pace potential but with the evidence from practice sessions, the chances of no traffic is non existence.

Third place went to Lewis Hamilton who had a quiet session with a few times deleted but some fast sectors at least.

Sergio Perez was on the knife-edge of the Red Bull all session and what he can do in qualifying is an unknown in comparison to Verstappen.

Charles Leclerc was ahead of Pierre Gasly and Carlos Sainz. They have all had very good mornings and Ferrari are reaping the benefits of a new floor that they’ve brought forward. They could cause some upsets this afternoon.

Yesterday’s top man Valtteri Bottas was eighth with the two Alpines behind rounding out the top ten with Fernando Alonso ahead of Esteban Ocon.

For the most part, today’s practice session wasn’t as messy as yesterday’s in terms of mistakes and drivers going off track. But Imola still did bite and a few drivers found that out to their cost.

Nicholas Latifi was the first to go, losing the back end slightly through the Villeneuve chicane and sliding way across to gravel before nudging the wall and knocking off his front wing. He was able to make it back to the pits though and made it out later on in the session.

Pierre Gasly also had a scary moment at Tosa. He got on the power very early and kicked out the back end and caught it mid-corner meaning he ran wide onto the grass and was very close to the wall. It didn’t stop him though because a few minutes later, he topped the times.

Kimi Raikkonen flew off the track at the first part of Rivazza. The car just didn’t hook up and he understeered way into the gravel. His teammate suffered with very cold tyres right at the end of the session and did a little pirouette into the gravel but he was also able to carry on.

The bottom ten lined up like this.

11 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri
12 Lance Stroll Aston Martin
13 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren
14 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin
15 George Russell Williams
16 Mick Schumacher Haas
17 Nicholas Latifi Williams
18 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo
19 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo
20 Nikita Mazepin Haas

 

Qualifying is in two hours.

 

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