Lewis Hamilton finishes fastest in Saturday’s third and final practice race for Russia Grand Prix as Mercedes driver looks to equal Michael Schumacher’s F1 race win record on Sunday in Sochi
- Lewis Hamilton finished fastest in the third qualifying race for the Russian GP
- Valtteri Bottas, who was Friday’s pacesetter, finished the race in second place
- Carlos Sainz finished third, Esteban Ocon fourth and Sergio Perez was in fifth
- Hamilton is hoping to equal Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 F1 race wins
Lewis Hamilton delivered an impressive performance in final practice for the Russian Grand Prix after he finished seven tenths faster than anyone else.
Valtteri Bottas headed the time charts in both sessions at the Sochi Autodrom on Friday, but it was Hamilton’s turn to lay down an ominous marker ahead of qualifying.
The six-time world champion, who could match Michael Schumacher’s victory record of 91 on Sunday, finished 0.776 seconds clear of Bottas with McLaren’s Carlos Sainz in third.
Lewis Hamilton finished fastest in Saturday’s third practice session for the Russian Grand Prix
It is a big week for Hamilton who is looking to equal Michael Schumacher’s record for race wins
Hamilton has won four of the six times the race has been staged on the site of the venue for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
And the 35-year-old Englishman will be boosted by his display here as he goes in search of win number five on Russian soil, and more importantly, Schumacher’s all-time tally.
Esteban Ocon finished fourth for Renault ahead of Racing Point’s Sergio Perez with Red Bull driver Max Verstappen sixth and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel seventh.
British driver Lando Norris finished last in his McLaren, 2.7 seconds behind Hamilton.
Qualifying for the 10th round of the campaign gets under way at 3pm local time.
Valtteri Bottas finished in second place, 0.7 seconds behind Hamilton in Sochi