After both Friday practice sessions were abandoned ahead of the Eifel Grand Prix, the drivers finally took to the Nurburgring track for the first time this weekend in FP3 on Saturday morning, with Valtteri Bottas quickest ahead of Lewis Hamilton, and an impressively fast Charles Leclerc.
The fog that had hung over the circuit all day on Friday had lifted, but conditions were still chilly when the pit lane exit opened for the first time at this race meeting, and the drivers were quick to get out for their first taste of the circuit – many of them never having driven it in F1 machinery as it returns to the calendar for the first time since 2013.
But one driver was missing in action, as Lance Stroll missed the entire session. Racing Point revealed he was not well, and question marks remain about whether he will be able to take part in qualifying. Nico Hulkenberg, who is at the track for broadcasting work, could sub in for him if the Canadian is unable to drive.