Bottas from Hamilton in final practice with Merc ahead

Watch Qatar GP Qualifying live only on Sky Sports F1 at 2pm, with build-up from 1pm

By James Galloway

Last Updated: 20/11/21 12:33pm

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Red Bull have plenty of work to do on their rear wing ahead of qualifying in Qatar.

Red Bull have plenty of work to do on their rear wing ahead of qualifying in Qatar.

Mercedes appear to be enjoying a good advantage over Red Bull heading into Qatar GP qualifying with Valtteri Bottas leading Lewis Hamilton in a one-two for the world champions in Practice Three.

With Max Verstappen delayed during the final hour of practice due to more issues with his car’s rear wing, Mercedes ran uninterrupted – and ominously fast – around the Losail circuit with Bottas pipping Hamilton to the quickest time by 0.078s with a best lap of 1:22.310.

Verstappen finished 0.341s back in third place with team-mate Sergio Perez in fifth behind Pierre Gasly, who continues to run very strongly for AlphaTauri at the head of the chasing pack.

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Paul Di Resta analyses footage and images to explain more in the latest technical row between the title rivals after Red Bull threatened a protest against Mercedes’ rear wing

Paul Di Resta analyses footage and images to explain more in the latest technical row between the title rivals after Red Bull threatened a protest against Mercedes’ rear wing

Qualifying is at 2pm on Sky Sports F1 with build-up from 1pm.

More to follow…

Driver Team Time 1) Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:23.148 2) Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +0.078 3) Max Verstappen Red Bull +0.341 4) Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri +0.525 5) Sergio Perez Red Bull +0.536 6) Carlos Sainz Ferrari +0.738 7) Fernando Alonso Alpine +0.876 8) Esteban Ocon Alpine +0.899 9) Charles Leclerc Ferrari +0.966 10) Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri +1.257 11) Daniel Ricciardo McLaren +1.401 12) Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin +1.574 13) Lando Norris McLaren +1.585 14) George Russell Williams +1.613 15) Lance Stroll Aston Martin +1.844 16) Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo +1.936 17) Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo +1.978 18) Nicholas Latifi Williams +2.189 19) Mick Schumacher Haas +2.370 20) Nikita Mazepin Haas No time set

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