The final practice for the Australian Grand Prix got underway with a menacing sky, though it did not rain throughout the session.
Formula 1 announced it would remove one of the DRS zones due to safety concerns, thus canceling one of the event’s highlights of having 4 of them.
Ferrari used a new diffuser on Charles Leclerc’s car until FP2 but decided to remove it from FP3 onwards to keep an equal and fair environment between its two drivers.
The Prancing Horse team is suffering from worse porpoising than the rest down the straights. However, they have great pace – unlike Mercedes, which is still struggling to catch up with the top teams. Both George Russell and Lewis Hamilton had a poor session and finished P11 and P8 respectively.
The session was red-flagged just 20 minutes into the session as Sebastian Vettel crashed out of practice as he lost his car at turn 10, suffering big damage.
Practice restarted with 29 minutes to go and teams rushed to go out on track. The drama continued for drivers as Max Verstappen spun through the last corner, but received no damage and carried on. He later complained on the radio about the balance of the car.
Red flag was once again out with 4 minutes to go as Lance Stroll heavily crashed out of turn 11. This meant the session would not be restarted.
In the end, it was Lando Norris who topped the session with a 1:19.117s with Leclerc in second and Sergio Perez third.