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F1 | Austrian GP | Red Bull leads FP3, with Verstappen leaving Mercedes behind

A flying Max Verstappen tops off FP3 at the RedBull Ring, followed by Bottas and Hamilton. A surprising 5th place for the Alfa Romeo of Antonio Giovinazzi.

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F1 | Austrian GP | Red Bull leads FP3, with Verstappen leaving Mercedes behind
Fuente imagen: Hasan Bratic-Motorlat

First out on track are Mazepin, Russell and Norris who crosses the line after 1m06.454s. Next one out is Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren followed by Pierre Gasly. The Frenchman goes fastest with a 1m06.282s. All drivers are out with on the prototype tyres that will be used in Silverstone, as Pirelli had decided to extend to FP3 the possibility to test it. For Alpine this practice session is the first run on the development tyres.

Fifteen minutes into the session Tsunoda’s AlphaTauri is at the top, while both Red Bulls and Mercedeses are still in the garage. First one to come out is Lewis Hamilton who goes P6 with a 1m06.414s on his flying lap, his teammate joins him a few minutes later but only in 12th place, after going with his rear on the gravel at Turn 5. Norris is the first to change tyres and comes out on a set of softs. After going wide on his first flying lap, the McLaren driver jumps to the top with a 1m05.762s. Next out on soft compounds are Russel who goes fifth, Raikkonen who puts his Alfa Romeo right behind Lando Norris and Ricciardo in 5th.

Hard tyres for Sergio Perez, softs for his teammate Max Verstappen, as they join the rest of the grid halfway through the session. 

Gasly goes third, but his time is cancelled for exceeding track limits. Leclerc jumps to the top, but his time (1m05.627s) is immediately beaten by Verstappen who closes his first flying lap in 1m04.941s. A brief yellow flag, as Tsunoda slides through the grass at Turn 9.

Both Ferraris are forced to abort their laps: Leclerc runs off at Turn 4 , while Sainz makes a mistake in the last corner. Second place for Hamilton after another flying lap, while Charles Lercerc goes P3, followed by the other Mercedes. Ricciardo is 16th between Schumacher and Ocon, while Latifi’s Williams is P11.

At the back of the grid there is Mazepin who goes off at Turn 4 but manages to get back on track. A mistake for Norris as he goes off at Turn 10.

The Aston Martin of Sebastian Vettel is P5 followed by Stroll. A good session for the Ferraris as Sainz goes P3 with Leclerc right behind, while Perez jumps from P17 to P5 on soft tyres. Lewis Hamilton improves, but not enough to put Max Verstappen behind, as there are 0.053s between them. The world champion drops to third after his lap is deleted. 

A few positions down, in P5 there is Giovinazzi, while Alonso stands seventh. One last attempt for Lewis Hamilton, who closes the session in third. His team mate Valtteri Bottas finishes 0.538s behind Verstappen who tops the last practice session of the weekend with a 1m04.591s.

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