World championship leader lewis hamilton in a mercedes takes third place. Vettel’s team threat charles leclerc, most recently winner in spa and monza, did not finish higher than 19th place due to a technical problem.
World championship runner-up valtteri bottas had a miserable start to the season. On his very first laps, the finn touched a wall with his silver arrow and damaged a tire. Later, he lost control in a curve and drove his car into the roadside barrier. The training was interrupted for nine minutes. Bottas climbed out of the wreckage apparently unharmed.