Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in the third free practice session for the Australian GP, but Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc got closer to the world champion and finished second and third fastest for Ferrari ahead of qualifying.

Hamilton used red marked soft Pirelli tyres (C4) to set 1:22.292, 0.264 seconds faster than Vettel and 0.457 seconds faster than Leclerc while all three drivers completed only 12 laps in the third practice session.

Haas was very fast, ahead of Red Bull and Bottas in Mercedes, and Grosjean was the last driver with a less than a second behind Hamilton.

Magnussen finished fifth with 1.042 second gap, 0.033 seconds ahead of Gasly, who was surprisingly faster than Verstappen in Red Bull for just over a tenth of a second.

Bottas was only eighth in the second Mercedes with 1.130 s behind, but the Finn failed to take a representative laptime on soft tyres because he touched the grass in the penultimate corner and was just two hundred of a second quicker than the Kvyat in Toro Rosso, which was 0.049 s faster than Verstappen.

The Renault drivers Ricciardo and Hulkenberg were 10th and 11th fastest and again very close to each other with only 0.042s between them.

After Raikkonen’s problems with DRS, Giovinazzi was faster Alfa Romeo driver with 1.5 second behind Hamilton, two tenths ahead of Sainz in McLaren and Perez in Racing Point.

Albon was almost a second behind Kvyat in the 15th place and the Stroll was slower than Perez for the first time this weekend.

Raikkonen was only 17th fastest in front of Norris in McLaren and two Williams drivers who once again took the last two places while Russell was six tenths ahead of Kubica.

Qualifying is scheduled at 07:00 (CET).

2019 AUSTRALIAN GP FP3 RESULTS

1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:22.292 12
2 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:22.556 0.264 12
3 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:22.749 0.457 12
4 8 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1:23.112 0.820 17
5 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1:23.334 1.042 15
6 10 Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Honda 1:23.367 1.075 17
7 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:23.422 1.130 17
8 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 1:23.442 1.150 16
9 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 1:23.481 1.189 19
10 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:23.695 1.403 14
11 27 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:23.737 1.445 15
12 99 A.Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1:23.831 1.539 16
13 55 Carlos Sainz McLaren/Renault 1:24.049 1.757 21
14 11 Sergio Pérez Racing Point/Mercedes 1:24.082 1.790 18
15 23 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso/Honda 1:24.328 2.036 15
16 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 1:24.345 2.053 16
17 7 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1:24.402 2.110 18
18 4 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1:24.568 2.276 16
19 63 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 1:25.944 3.652 14
20 88 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 1:26.589 4.297 16
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