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Vettel heads Leclerc in Canada FP3 as Ferrari show their hand
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Vettel heads Leclerc in Canada FP3 as Ferrari show their hand

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Sebastian Vettel headed team-mate Charles Leclerc during the final practice for the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, as the German edged his Formula 1 team-mate, with the Ferrari team holding a sizable advantage over Mercedes in terms of one-lap pace. 

Vettel’s fastest lap was a 1.10.843s, heading his Formula 1 team-mate by 0.139s, with the closest car being Lewis Hamilton, who was 0.393s adrift of the Ferrari, who held a massive straight-line speed advantage down the long straight.

Story of the session 

As the session got underway, many of the drivers headed out for installation laps, and there was still quite a lot of waiting to do until the qualifying-simulations came.

The first time of the session came by Robert Kubica, which was a 1.17.718 in his Williams, as he chased gains to match Formula 1 team-mate George Russell. The Polish driver went on to improve on the following flying lap, setting a 1.16.732, and had the entire circuit to himself.

Twenty minutes into the session and there was more action on the track. Haas F1’s Kevin Magnussen and Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly were one of the first to lead a group of cars onto circuit to kick off Saturday’s action.

Red Bull’s Gasly soon popped to the top of the time sheets, with a 1.13.991, but was quickly pipped by Raikkonen and Gasly.

The Ferrari’s soon took to track and took to the top of the time-sheets, with Vettel leaded Leclerc with a 1.12.478, heading his team-mate by 0.136s, while Hamilton’s first lap slotted him into third place and 0.256s off the pace. Bottas followed suit and pipped Hamilton off third, but was still unable to touch the Ferrari territory. Meanwhile, Leclerc set a flyer, a 1.11.596s, and was a second clear of the two Mercedes cars. Hamilton followed with a faster lap, but was still half a second adrift of the Monegasque.

As the top runners pushed on in an intriguing Mercedes/Ferrari battle up front, Vettel took second back from Hamilton, but still lacked a tenth to team-mate Leclerc. After a back-up lap, Vettel got another push, and pipped team-mate Leclerc by 0.039s with a 1.11.557s.

As the drivers headed out for their final laps, Vettel jumped to the top of the time-sheets after multiple attempts, setting a 1.10.843s, heading his team-mate by 0.139s, with the Mercedes very much playing second fiddle with Hamilton almost 0.4s adrift, and nearly seven tenths to Bottas.