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HIGHLIGHTS: Watch as Verstappen on softs heads the hard-tyred Hamilton in FP3

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A crucial final practice ahead of the inaugural qualifying for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix saw Max Verstappen top his first session of the weekend ahead of the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton.

Cause for celebration? Sort of, because although Verstappen was over two-tenths clear of his championship rival, Hamilton set his best lap on the hard tyres, with Verstappen using the soft C4s for his own fastest effort.

FP3: Verstappen sets the pace in final practice ahead of Hamilton and Perez

Elsewhere, Charles Leclerc was back on track after his off in FP2 on Friday, while Hamilton was also getting in some bother as he blocked first Pierre Gasly then Nikita Mazepin while he was on cooldown laps, with Hamilton summoned to the stewards over the latter incident, as well as an alleged failure to slow under double yellows, after the session.

Watch highlights from Free Practice 3 for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in the video above – with qualifying set to start at 2000 local time.

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