Lewis Hamilton was once again the fastest in the third and final practice session for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix with an elapsed time of 1:22.292.
With his fast time, Hamilton completed a sweep of all three practice sessions, as the defending world champion’s Mercedes was also the quickest in the first two practices Friday.
Sebastian Vettel finished second with a time of 1:22:556, followed by his Ferrari teammate, Charles Leclerc (1:22:749).
Haas teammates Roman Grosjean (1:23:113), and Kevin Magnuessen (1:23.334), were fourth and fifth, respectively.
The rest of the top 10: Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly, Valtteri Bottas, Daniil Kvyat, Max Verstappen and Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo.
Robert Kubica was the slowest in a frustrating final practice session for the Williams/Mercedes team. Kubica hit the pit wall while entering pit lane too quickly.
He also was involved in a pit-lane incident with rookie McLaren driver Lando Norris that resulted in Norris being called to the stewards for an unsafe release.
Full FP3 results are below:
The NTT IndyCar Series is racing just outside of St. Louis this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway Gateway.
The last oval race of the season, tonight’s Bommarito Auto Motive Group promises to bring plenty of high-speed, high-stakes racing action under the lights.
Series point leader Josef Newgarden will start tonight’s race from the pole position, with Sebastian Bourdais starting alongside him in row one.
By winning the pole, Newgarden gained an additional championship point, which extends his lead over Alexander Rossi to 36 points.
Rossi start’s tonight’s race from the 11th position after an uncharacteristically poor qualifying run for the No. 27 team, while Simon Pagenaud (third in the standings, 41 points behind) will start from the fourth position and Scott Dixon (fourth in the standings, 53 points behind) will start from eighth.
Here is today’s schedule:
(All times are Eastern)
Saturday 8/24, 4:20 p.m. ET, Indy Lights race, NBC Sports Gold
Saturday 8/24, 8 p.m. ET, Bommarito Automotive Group 500, NBCSN and streaming live
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