Valtteri Bottas tops final practice for Tuscan GP to complete a clean sweep of practice sessions at the event.
The Finn posted an impressive 1m 16.530s with less than one tenth separating the top three, with Max Verstappen second and Lewis Hamilton third.
Bottas was 0.017 seconds quicker than Verstappen’s Red Bull.
Meanwhile, world champion Hamilton, who admitted on Friday that he was “not driving well enough”, was 0.083secs off the pace in third place.
Behind the top three, things became very interesting as Lance Stroll was ‘best of the rest’ while Pierre Gasly was a very impressive fifth despite setting his lap on slightly older soft tyres.
The bigger loser out of that session was Russell. Just one lap was all he managed before brake by wire issues sent him scurrying back to the pits – and he’ll be heading into qualifying unsure of how much this track has evolved since yesterday.
By the looks of it, it seems that the Red Bull might be in a position to challenge Mercedes for pole position in qualifying which is scheduled to start at 6:30 pm IST on Saturday.