F1 practice 3 times: Max Verstappen raises eyebrows again

Lewis Hamilton edged Nico Rosberg for fastest in the third practice ahead of the Italian Grand Prix on Saturday, but it was another off-kilter moment for Max Verstappen that caught attention.
Max Verstappen of Red Bull gets ready in the garage during final practice ahead of the Italian Grand Prix on Saturday. Mark Thompson / Getty Images / September 3, 2016
Max Verstappen of Red Bull gets ready in the garage during final practice ahead of the Italian Grand Prix on Saturday. Mark Thompson / Getty Images / September 3, 2016

P3: 1 Hamilton 1:22.008; 2 Rosberg +0.393; 3 Vettel +0.938; 4 Raikkonen +1.141; 5 Bottas +1.492; 6 Massa +1.639; 7 Ricciardo +1.701; 8 Verstappen +1.732; 9 Perez +1.909; 10 Gutierrez +2.026; 11 Hulkenberg +2.033; 12 Button +2.096; 13 Sainz Jr +2.232; 14 Grosjean +2.455; 15 Palmer +2.525; 16 Ericsson +2.534; 17 Alonso +2.650; 18 Nasr +2.707; 19 Magnussen +2.785; 20 Kvyat +2.837; 21 Wehrlein +2.885; 22 Ocon +2.930

Max Verstappen raised eyebrows again in the final practice session for the Italian Grand Prix on Saturday, while Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were once more 1-2.

After tangling with Ferrari cars in last weekend’s Belgian GP, the 18-year-old Verstappen put his Red Bull in the way of Rosberg on the Monza circuit.

Verstappen was on a slow lap when he veered into the racing line, resulting in Rosberg nearly rear-ending him.

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“What on earth was that?” Rosberg said on his radio as Verstappen waved to apologise.

Later, Verstappen was blocked by Kevin Magnussen’s Renault, bouncing him wide.

Hamilton was nearly four tenths faster than Rosberg, with Sebastian Vettel nearly a second behind in his Ferrari.

Verstappen placed eighth.

Qualifying is scheduled for later, with the race Sunday.

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Published: September 3, 2016 04:00 AM

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