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Max Verstappen finishes fastest in final practice session before F1’s first ever Sprint race at Silverstone… but Dutchman will still start inaugural event behind title rival Lewis Hamilton

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  • Max Verstappen finished fastest in the final practice run before F1’s Sprint race   
  • The Dutchman finished three tenths faster than Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc
  • Lewis Hamilton finished eighth but will start on pole in the first ever Sprint race 

Max Verstappen finished fastest in the final practice session ahead of Formula One’s inaugural Sprint race on Saturday.

The Dutchman, who will start behind pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton, ended the one-hour running at a sun-cooked Silverstone three tenths faster than Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

Leclerc’s team-mate Carlos Sainz finished third, with Hamilton eighth in his Mercedes.

Max Verstappen finished fastest in the final practice session before F1's first Sprint race
Max Verstappen finished fastest in the final practice session before F1’s first Sprint race
The Dutchman (above) finished three tenths faster than next-fastest driver Charles Leclerc
The Dutchman (above) finished three tenths faster than next-fastest driver Charles Leclerc

The seven-time world champion was 1.2 seconds adrift of his title rival, but the field were operating on varying fuel levels.

Hamilton delighted the home crowd at Silverstone on Friday evening when he saw off Verstappen by just 0.075 secs to qualify first for the Sprint.

The maiden race – a 17-lap dash to the chequered flag which determines the grid for Sunday’s British Grand Prix – will take place at 4.30pm in front of more than 100,000 fans.

Alpine’s Esteban Ocon finished fourth in Saturday’s practice ahead of the Red Bull of Sergio Perez and McLaren’s Lando Norris. Valtteri Bottas, who spun late in the session, finished ninth.

Lewis Hamilton will still sit on pole in the Sprint race after Friday's action at Silverstone
Lewis Hamilton will still sit on pole in the Sprint race after Friday’s action at Silverstone

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