Sao Paulo - Sebastian Vettel smashed the outright lap record
as he topped the times for Ferrari in Saturday's third and final practice ahead
of this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.
The four-time champion German clocked a best lap in one
minute and 7.948 seconds to outpace new five-time champion Lewis Hamilton of
Mercedes by two-tenths of a second.
Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who was the
previous record holder with his lap for pole position last year, was
third-quickest ahead of Sauber-bound fellow-Finn Kimi Raikkonen in the second
Max Verstappen, winner of the Mexican Grand Prix two weeks
ago, was fifth ahead of his Red Bull team-mate Renault-bound Australian Daniel
Ricciardo, Kevin Magnussen and his Haas team-mate Romain Grosjean.
Pierre Gasly, who will succeed Ricciardo at Red Bull, was
ninth for Toro Rosso and Charles Leclerc, the Monegasque prodigy who will join
Ferrari next year, was 10th for Sauber.
Hamilton's session was affected by a loose oil breather pipe
in the first period, delaying him from clocking any serious laps until half an
hour had passed.
By then, Vettel was on top, but he was outpaced by the
Englishman and Raikkonen before he regained the momentum with his fastest lap
with 19 minutes remaining.
It was the 10th time this year that Vettel had been quickest
in FP3, but he has claimed only one pole position in his last 12 qualifying
On a significantly warmer day at Interlagos, the job-hunting
Ocon impressed again, taking 12 th, but he is likely to be hit by a grid
penalty after Force India changed his gearbox. Ricciardo also has a penalty
after Red Bull replaced his turbo.