Portuguese GP: Mercedes chase Verstappen, Schumacher’s best result yet

With a lap time of 1m18.489 s, Max Verstappen was the fastest in the final practice of the Portuguese GP weekend.

Lewis Hamilton closely followed Verstappen, only 0.236s slower than his Red Bull opponent. It was a Mercedes/Red Bull sweep in the top four as Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas finished third and Sergio Perez fourth.

Much like yesterday’s practice, P5 got taken by an Alpine, but this time the Alpine of Esteban Ocon. The two Ferraris took the following two positions, with Charles Leclerc taking sixth and Carlos Sainz seventh.

With a spin out in sector three, Lando Norris found himself having a repeat of FP1 as he finished the last of the practice sessions in eighth place. Norris will need to show some speed this afternoon to make an appearance in Q3.

To conclude, the top ten were Pierre Gasly in ninth, followed by Kimi Raikkonen in 10th.

Yuki Tsunoda experienced another solid session as he finished FP3 in 11th position. McLaren’s results were identical to FP1, with Daniel Ricciardo also matching his FP1 position as he finished in 12th place.

Antonio Giovinazzi and Fernando Alonso found themselves in 13th and 14th, but Mick Schumacher had made a massive improvement from his previous performances. Schumacher finished 15th ahead of Lance Stroll in 16th, George Russell in 17th and Sebastian Vettel in 18th.

To draw an end to the final practice session of the Portuguese GP was the Williams of Nicholas Latifi in 19th and the Haas of Nikita Mazepin.