Verstappen beats Hamilton in final Bahrain practice
Manama: Max Verstappen topped the times ahead of Lewis Hamilton in Saturday morning's third and final practice at the Bahrain Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver clocked a best lap of one minute and 28 355 seconds in the closing minutes to outpace Mercedes' newly-crowned seven-time champion by 0.263 seconds. Valtteri Bottas, in the second 'black arrow', was third behind his team-mate.
Hamilton attempted to respond in the final seconds of the session, but pulled up at the end of the pit lane before joining the fray as a red light signalled it was over.
It was unclear if Hamilton had a car problem - likely to be an electronic sensor issue - or had missed his chance before the light came on, but he was clearly disappointed at failing to complete a clean sweep after topping both sessions on Friday. - AFP