Valtteri Bottas goes quickest in only practice session at Eifel Grand Prix before heading out for qualifying while Racing Point’s Lance Stroll took no part after falling ill in the build-up
- Valtteri Bottas goes quickest in only practice session ahead of Eifel Grand Prix
- Bottas was 0.136 seconds quicker than Mercedes team-mates Lewis Hamilton
- Lance Stroll took no part in the session after falling ill in the build-up
- Racing Point look to have drafted in Nico Hulkenberg in his place for qualifying
Valtteri Bottas finished fastest in practice for the Eifel Grand Prix as Racing Point’s Lance Stroll was sidelined through illness.
While Bottas led Lewis Hamilton by 0.136 seconds at the Nurburgring, Stroll’s participation for the remainder of the weekend is in doubt.
The Canadian driver’s fitness will be reassessed by his Racing Point team ahead of qualifying later on Saturday.
Valtteri Bottas goes quickest in the only practice session ahead of qualifying at Eifel Grand Prix
But Nico Hulkenberg, who deputised for Stroll’s team-mate Sergio Perez earlier this season after the Mexican contracted coronavirus, has arrived at the circuit and is on standby.
Racing Point tweeted: ‘Lance Stroll is not feeling 100 per cent this morning and will therefore not participate in FP3.
‘His condition will be assessed after the session to evaluate whether he is fit to drive, at which point the team will confirm plans for qualifying.’
Bottas led team-mate Lewis Hamilton (pictured) by 0.136 seconds at the Nurburgring
On track, Bottas set the early pace in the opening action of the weekend after both Friday practice sessions were cancelled due to bad weather.
The persistent drizzle and fog which curtailed Friday’s running were replaced by blue skies, complete with an air temperature of just eight degrees.
A number of drivers spun in the chilly conditions with Sebastian Vettel completing a pirouette at the final corner.
George Russell and Nicholas Latifi also spun in their respective Williams cars.
Racing Point driver Lance Stroll took no part in the session after falling ill in the build-up
Hamilton is bidding to equal Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 victories on Sunday, but the world champion finished behind Bottas.
Bottas, who trails Hamilton by 44 points in the standings, will be looking to carry over his winning form from Russia after he took advantage of his team-mate’s 10-second penalty to triumph for only a second time this year.
Charles Leclerc finished third for Ferrari, 0.456 secs down on Bottas, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen fourth and Vettel fifth. British driver Lando Norris was sixth for McLaren.
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