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FP3: Verstappen leads Alonso and Ocon in incident filled third practice session in Melbourne | Formula 1®

Max Verstappen led the best way in an eventful third follow session in Melbourne, with the championship chief putting forward of Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon, because the drivers received their closing preparation laps in forward of qualifying later in the present day.

As the lights turned inexperienced, it was Lance Stroll who led the drivers out onto the observe for a begin of a busy hour of working, as they regarded to make up for misplaced time from Friday’s rain-affected FP2 session.

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Carlos Sainz (P7) set the early tempo on the tender tyre, with a time of 1m 18.127s, to steer his compatriot Fernando Alonso by 0.202s, as many drivers went for lengthy excessive gasoline runs to start out the day.

However, the drivers preparation was a briefly halted by a crimson flag, because the marshals needed to come onto the observe to clear a chunk of bodywork that had flown off Nyck de Vries’s (P19) AlphaTauri on the entry to Turn 9.


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However, with the observe now clear, and instances started to tumble with Max Verstappen setting a time of 1m 17.565s to steer Alonso, within the Aston Martin, by 0.162s.

It was a powerful show from Alpine, with Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly going third and fifth quickest, respectively, with the French pair sandwiching the Mercedes of George Russell in fourth.

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The different Red Bull of Sergio Perez was sixth quickest, after enduring a messy FP3 that started with him leaving the pit lane 20 minutes into the session as work was carried out on the rear suspension of his RB19 – with the Mexican additionally struggling along with his braking into Turn 3 particularly, a lot to his frustration.

The aforementioned Sainz was seventh quickest – though he might be grateful to have escaped heavy harm after going off at Turn 11 on his manner again to the pit lane on the finish of the session. The Spaniard completed forward of Lewis Hamilton in P8 and Lance Stroll in P9.

Zhou Guanyu rounded out the highest 10 for Alfa Romeo in FP3

Zhou Guanyu was tenth quickest, though he was additionally fortunate to flee critical harm to his Alfa Romeo after going off observe and making contact with the barrier at Turn 2. Nico Hulkenberg was eleventh quickest for Haas, forward of Alex Albon, with the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc in thirteenth.

Home hero Oscar Piastri – who continued to be greeted with cheers from the Melbourne crowd every time he left the McLaren storage – was 14th quickest, forward of the opposite Alfa Romeo of Valtteri Bottas, with Yuki Tsunoda in P16.

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Logan Sargeant – returning to the observe after lacking FP2 on Friday with an electronics subject on his Williams – was down in seventeenth, forward of Kevin Magnussen in 18th.

Nyck de Vries within the AlphaTauri was nineteenth, with Lando Norris on the backside of the pack, with the McLaren driver being confined to the storage late within the proceedings with a suspected clutch downside on his MCL60.

Join us once more at 1600 native time for what seems to be set to be a captivating qualifying session at Albert Park forward of Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix.



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