After topping Friday practice and appreciating a enormous advantage within the next-fastest team, Hamilton continued his good form into FP3 on Saturday afternoon.
He hit on the head of the days as soon as he pumped into a first flying lap and recovered the benefit over the 2 occasions he had been briefly bumped straight back again.
The first came moments after Valtteri Bottas’d completed a minute flying lap, and another came when Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel used new tender palate to proceed quickest.
Hamilton’s run on fresh softs yielded a 1m22.292s, enough to beat Vettel from 0.264s.
Charles Leclerc completed Ferrari’s rise from the foot of the best ten to go third-fastest, 0.457s, but Mercedes appears to have its rival out of Maranello at arm’s length heading into qualifying.
The single blip for Mercedes was Bottas’s inability to specify a real time on his next group of new tyres.
He ran wide exiting the penultimate corner and got backward after touching the bud, which limited him to a 1m23.422therefore — merely adequate for seventh.
That, combined with a surprisingly muted session out of RedBull, let Haas duo Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen take fourth and fifth at the days.
Grosjean was 0.820s slower compared to Mercedes, two tenths free from Magnussen, that in turn was a few hundredths free from Pierre Gasly at the lead RedBull.
Daniil Kvyat set the eighth-fastest period at the Toro Rosso, signaling the Honda engine was not the reason why RedBull were towards the foot of the top ten as Max Verstappen ended the session ninth.
Daniel Ricciardo completed the best ten, less than half an tenth clear of his Renault teammate Nico Hulkenberg.
At the tail of the field, Williams remains detached from the midfield battle.
George Russell was the team’s quickest driver again, out-pacing Robert Kubica by six tenths but lapping 3.6SOFF the pace and 1.4s behind McLaren’s Lando Norris at 18th.
Kubica slapped the pitwall if he ran wide entering the pit-lane, scattering a little bit of debris.
He was also involved at a pit-lane episode with Norris that abandoned the McLaren driver being called to the stewards for an unsafe release.