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P3: Hamilton ahead, Verstappen closes in

By Matt Morlidge

Last Updated: 04/07/20 12:09pm

Lewis Hamilton continued his perfect Austrian GP weekend by setting the pace in final practice, although Max Verstappen narrowed the gap to hint at a close battle in the first qualifying session of Formula 1 2020.

Hamilton went fastest with a 1:04.130, a tenth of a second ahead of Valtteri Bottas as the world champion completed a practice hat-trick of Mercedes one-twos in Spielberg – reaffirming his team’s status as heavy favourites.

But while Red Bull struggled slightly on the opening day, Verstappen was just 0.283s behind during the soft-tyre runs on Saturday morning.

The Dutchman, winner of the last two Austrian GPs, was neck-and-neck with Hamilton through the lap before losing time in the final sector.

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