Perfect conditions for Free Practice 3 at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve this morning saw Kimi and Romain conduct extensive work on the two Pirelli tyre compounds; the pair placing their E20’s firmly inside the top 10 to finish line astern for the third consecutive session

Kimi Räikkönen, E20-03
  • Position: P9
  • Best Time: 1:14.977
  • Laps Completed: 21
For a full run-down of the session’s final standings.
Clear blue skies and glorious sunshine created the ideal setting for the final practice session of the weekend this morning. Kimi and Romain flew out of the traps for their install laps at the very start of the session, both sporting fresh sets of the yellow marked soft compound Pirelli tyres.
With 10 minutes elapsed, Kimi emerged for his first run and instantly lit up the timing screens; going fastest for a brief moment before being ousted by Jenson Button. Romain followed shortly afterwards; his initial effort placing him in P5.
20 minutes into the session and a slight hindrance as Jean-Eric Vergne parked his Toro Rosso in the barriers at Turn 2, but luckily just yellow flags this time around resulting in minimal impact on running.
10 minutes remaining and both drivers took to the track for their final runs; identical sets of red marked super soft compound Pirelli tyres for both E20s. The pair immediately jumped into the top 10; Kimi in P7 and Romain in P6.With 20 minutes to go, Kimi had put some good mileage under the wheels of his E20 as the Finn continued to tinker with setup options on the soft tyres, while Romain had certainly shown no signs of his inexperience at this circuit; planting his car firmly inside the top 5 with his first effort on the super softs.
With just moments remaining, Kimi found himself all crossed up coming into the final chicane and opted to abandon what had been looking like a quick lap by plunging into the pit lane mid-corner, joined in the garage shortly afterwards by his team-mate as the final few minutes of running ticked away.
As the chequered flag dropped on an incredibly tight session – the top 15 drivers covered by just over a second – a flurry of late activity saw a significant re-shuffle of the order. Once the dust settled, Kimi finished the morning in P9 with a fastest time of 1:14.977 from 21 laps, while Romain heads into qualifying having set a lap good enough for P8 – his best effort a 1:14.873 from 20 laps. 

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