Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was back on top in F1 Austrian GP FP3 from Mercedes duo of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton.
It was quite sunny for FP3 in F1 Austrian GP as Red Bull’s Verstappen led the way after finishing third in FP2, with a 1m04.591s lap, as he led Mercedes’ Bottas (1m05.129s) and Hamilton (1m05.227s), whose quick lap was deleted due to track limits at Turn 10.
A late lap from AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly (1m05.280s) helped him to be fourth despite his early track limits off, as Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi (1m05.345s) surprised everyone with the fifth best time, to push Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz (1m05.347s) to sixth.
Red Bull’s Sergio Perez (1m05.396s) last lap effort put him in seventh from Alpine’s Fernando Alonso (1m05.434s), with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc (1m05.484s) ninth. The Top 10 was rounded by Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel (1m05.542s).
Leclerc had an early off which disrupted his run, as the other Aston Martin of Lance Stroll was 11th from AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda, who had a big spin at Turn 9-10, but managed to save it. Alpine’s Esteban Ocon did well in 13th from Williams’ George Russell.
McLaren did not have a good FP3 with Lando Norris only 15th after both his quick runs were hampered, while Daniel Ricciardo was only 16th after not finding enough pace. Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen couldn’t match his teammate, to be 17th.
Haas’ Mick Schumacher continued his good run in 18th, with Williams’ Nicholas Latifi 19th and Haas’ Nikita Mazepin 20th, who had a gravel run at Turn 5. Everyone barring Verstappen, Perez, Vettel and Stroll ran the Pirelli’s prototype tyres.
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Here’s what everyone said after Friday in F1 Austrian GP