Free practice 3: Valtteri Bottas ahead of Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) –

With the Nürburgring freed from its fog, the cars were finally able to turn on Saturday at midday during a single hour which will surely not have been enough to prepare for the afternoon qualifying and the Grand Prix race. 'Eifel, the eleventh round of the World Cup, Sunday.

Eifel Grand Prix

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By 8 ° C, Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) set the best time of the 19 drivers on the track, Lance Stroll having without explanation defected from Racing Point, to the point of being the subject of a possible replacement by Nico Hülkenberg, already substitute for Sergio Pérez, positive for Covid-19, during two Grands Prix this year, or Stoffel Vandoorne, reserve driver of Mercedes.

In 1'26 "225, the Finnish world n ° 2 was 0" 136 faster than his team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, who encountered a worrying problem with the double axis steering (DAS) shortly before mid-session, the revolutionary device introduced this season by Mercedes serving – it is very useful this weekend – to modify the spacing of the front wheels to heat the tires.

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In this unusual two-day format, which anticipates the one offered during the Grand Prix of Emilia-Romagna on November 1 at Imola, Ferrari pulled out of the game by placing Charles Leclerc's SF1000 in third place, at 0'456 , and the other "rossa" from Sebastian Vettel in the fifth, not without difficulty for the German, trapped in a spin.

Stuck between the Ferraris, Max Verstappen (Red Bull) clocked the fourth time, at 0.671, while Lando Norris (McLaren), Sergio Pérez (Racing Point), Daniel Ricciardo (Renault), Alexander Albon (Red Bull) and Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) completed the Top 10.

The other French, Esteban Ocon (Renault) and Romain Grosjean (Haas), finished in 11th and 15th places.

Eifel Grand Prix

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Eifel Grand Prix

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