Mercedes bounced back in F1 Styrian GP FP3 as Lewis Hamilton led Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas.
It was another sunny run in F1 Styrian GP FP3, as Mercedes duo fought back with Hamilton (1m04.369s) leading from Bottas (1m04.832s), until Red Bull’s Verstappen improved to second with a 1m04.573s – where he caught some traffic on his fast lap.
The track limits trouble continued all-through with multiple drivers getting caught out, especially, McLaren’s Lando Norris, who couldn’t get his lap registered. A late push from Red Bull’s Sergio Perez saw him end up in fourth with a 1m05.026s.
It was also a late run from AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda (1m05.150s), who ended up fifth and pushed teammate Pierre Gasly (1m05.298s) to sixth. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc (1m05.340s) slotted in seventh from Alpine’s Fernando Alonso (1m05.400s).
The Top 10 was rounded out by the Aston Martin duo of Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel, with Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi in 11th from Alpine’s Esteban Ocon, who had to go around again after his early quick lap was deleted due to track limits.
The other Ferrari of Carlos Sainz was 13th from Williams’ George Russell with Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen in 15th from Haas’ Mick Schumacher, who managed to beat both McLaren on paper along with his teammate and a Williams.
He led McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo, who had to abort his first quick lap and go around again. Williams’ Nicholas Latifi was 18th from McLaren’s Lando Norris on the medium tyres, as Haas’ Nikita Mazepin was 20th, who had a spin at Turn 3 to cause a yellow flag.
Post the Bottas spin in FP2 on Friday, there were couple of moments in F1 Styrian GP FP3 as well, where AlphaTauri released Gasly on the way of the Finn, while Ferrari did so with Leclerc on the way of Aston Martin’s Stroll.
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Here’s what was said on Friday of F1 Styrian GP