live updates from Max Verstappen vs Lewis Hamilton decider

sQ, With all this in mind, who looks better after three training sessions? In short, it’s Mercedes. But how much? Hamilton topped FP2 yesterday and FP3 earlier today, while Max Verstappen was second fastest in final practice. On lap Red Bull seem to be lacking a bit compared to Mercedes. But again that seemed to be the case in Saudi Arabia last week and then Verstappen found 0.4s in the first two sectors before putting it in the wall. Neither team will be switching their engines to qualifying and racing modes yet. So, who knows?

The long-term pace seemed more encouraging for Red Bull. And with over-cuts and cuts, and Hamilton and Verstappen usually starting in the front row together, it raises the question of how Red Bull will handle it all. Can they even put Verstappen on the faster, less durable soft tire in Q2 in the hope that, if he’s late, he gets a better start than Hamilton and maintains his track position? It’s an idea.

What is undoubtedly the position of the track will be decisive. Even with the revisions made to the track this year – which drivers seem to be positive about – it doesn’t look like it will be a good track for the following cars, although it could be better for overtaking.

We’ll find out the answer to some of these questions, at least, in the next couple of hours. Qualifiers begin at 1pm GMT and I’ll be here for all the improvements, live updates and feedback from this year’s final – and most important – qualifying session.


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