Leclerc leads again followed by Verstappen, Sainz 5th

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Leclerc leads again followed by Verstappen, Sainz 5th

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The third free practice session of the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix concluded with Charles Leclerc once again leading the session, closely followed by his rival Verstappen. Carlos Sainz was fifth and Alonso thirteenth.

The last free practice session starts in Barcelona

The session began very quietly with the two McLarens being the first and among the only ones to take to the track in the opening moments. Both pilots tested the improvements that McLaren has finally managed to enter this grand prize. Also, Lando Norris got a new chassis for the first time after his team had to change it last night.

The first round of norris on the medium tires it was 1m23.641s. While Norris was marking his lap, Pierre Gasly returned to his team’s box after seeing that smoke was beginning to come out of his car and he was unable to ride throughout the session.

Valtteri Bottas decided to do something completely different and put on soft tires on his first attempt, on which he set a lap of 1m21.326s. The Finnish driver missed the entire second session yesterday.

Both team drivers Haas They were also among the first riders to leave because they had problems yesterday and were able to lap little. kevin magnussen he did a lap of 1:22.829, while Mick Schumacher did not do a competitive lap and was more than three seconds behind his teammate.

Minutes later, Schumacher he began to complain on the radio about the temperature of the brakes and they began to burn. The German driver had to pull away in the pits to have his brakes released.

start the action

After 15 minutes with little action on the track and only the drivers who could lap the least on Friday, it was time for the drivers to start their session.

Carlos Sainz went out on the soft tires and quickly moved into first place in his home grand prix with a time of 1m20.484s. His teammate, Charles Leclerc, quickly replied and posted a lap two tenths quicker than the Spaniard, with a time of 1:20.278.

The Mercedes monopolized the spotlights in their first attempt after achieving second and third position in FP2 yesterday. However, on this occasion George Russell was eight tenths behind Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton with DRS problems was more than a second behind.

Sergio Pérez also set his first lap of the session, although he was unable to get past seventh position and was more than a second behind Leclerc. Meanwhile, Max Verstappen was still waiting in the box.

Finally, the Dutch driver came out after 25 minutes of the session. Verstappen he set a lap of 1:20.475 and placed second in the table. While max. He made his first attempt perez he improved nine tenths on his previous lap and set a lap of 1:20.541.

hamilton he tried to do a fast lap again, this time without any problems with the DRS, setting a lap of 1:21.170 and moving up to sixth position, one tenth behind his teammate.

kevin magnussen He caused a surprise during this period of fast laps and moved up to fifth place on the soft tyres. The Dane completed a lap of 1:20.646.

The Ferraris set fast laps again, first sainz and seconds later Leclerc. The Monegasque made a lap of 1:19.772 to get into first position.

last 20 minutes

In the last minutes of the session we saw little action again until the last minutes approached for the drivers to do their last laps before qualifying.

Alex Albon with his Williams managed to complete a lap of 1:21.772 with which he placed eleventh between the two Alpines, who had done little until then.

george russell surprised again by setting a lap of 1:19.920 and being second with that time, placing himself between Leclerc Y sainz.

Fernando Alonso was finally able to ride again after being stopped from the beginning of the session, where he had only driven five laps.

The reigning world champion, max verstappenHe mounted new soft tires and took second with a lap of 1:19.844 and only 72 thousandths of Leclerc. In the meantime, hamilton he placed fourth with a lap of 1:20.002.

norris He mounted the soft tires for the first time this weekend and placed seventh, with a time of 1:20.403. His teammate Daniel Ricciardo finished with a time of 1:20.910.

With this, Charles Leclerc was once again the leader in a free practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix, as he has been doing all weekend. Max Verstappen follows him closely, along with the two Mercedes and Sainz. The first six single-seaters in less than five tenths.

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