Verstappen leads Albon in final practice for Abu Dhabi GP

YAS ISLAND, ABU DHABI (AP) – Red Bull driver Max Verstappen was fastest ahead of teammate Alexander Albon in the third and final practice session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Verstappen led Albon by .5 seconds and Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo by .63. Ricciardo is competing in his last race for Renault before joining McLaren next year and has two third-place finishes this season.

It was a quiet session for Mercedes, by its high standards, with world champion Lewis Hamilton sixth and Valtteri Bottas down in ninth place on the leaderboard.

Verstappen is looking for his first pole position of the season and third of his career.

Hamilton has won 11 races this year but missed last Sunday’s Sakhir GP in Bahrain as he recovered from the coronavirus.

Red Bull driver Alexander Albon of Thailand in action during third practice at the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. PHOTO: AP