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Verstappen third fastest at Austin after final free practice

Published on 23 October 2021 by Mike Motilall

Max Verstappen finished the third free practice for the United States Grand Prix third fastest. The Dutchman lapped the 5.470 mtr. Circuit of the Americas thirteen times with a 1:34.912 as his fastest lap time. Verstappen did a 1:34.383 towards the end of the session but this was deleted due to him having exceeded track limits. Sergio Pérez topped the board with a 1:34.701 while Carlos Sainz came in second, a little over a tenth a drift.

It´s 13.00 hrs local time when the final free practice gets underway. During the first ten minutes not much happens albeit that only Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso are out on track. After this it slowly gets busier on track in Austin. Max Verstappen exits the pit lane on a set of softs after some twenty minutes. The fastest time by then is a 1:35.556 which was set by Valtteri Bottas. Not much later this is deleted due to track limits.

Max clocks a 1:35.207 on his first timed lap and takes over the lead from that point on. Team mate Sergio Pérez is second fastest not much later with an almost indentical time: 1:35.208. On the same set of tyres Verstappen gives it another go. The Red Bull Racing-driver manages to shave off almost three tenths off of his time to a 1:34.912 before heading back to his team.

Halfway the session the top six is formed by Max Verstappen (1:34.912), Sergio Pérez (+0.296), Lewis Hamilton (+0.659), Charles Leclerc (+0.776), Carlos Sainz (+0.970) and Daniel Ricciardo (+1.088). Valtteri Bottas is at that moment the only driver who hasn´t clocked a (valid) lap time yet.

With still twelve minutes on the clock, Max reports for duty on the tarmac. On a new set of softs the Dutchman does a 1:34.383 but because he exceeded track limits at Turn nineteen, his time is deleted. The same applies for Lewis Hamilton, who sees a 1:34.458 disappear not much later. The seven-time world champion went wide at Turn nine.

In the closing stages Verstappen straps in once more but is forced to abort his attempt due to traffic on track. The championship leader finishes the session third fastest. Team mate Sergio Pérez is at the top of the timesheet with a 1:34.701. Caros Sainz is second fastest with a 1:34.805.

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Results third free practice United-states:

1Sergio PerezPERRed Bull Racing Honda1:34.701 13
2Carlos SainzSAIFerrari1:34.805+0.104s16
3Max VerstappenVERRed Bull Racing Honda1:34.912+0.211s13
4Lando NorrisNORMcLaren Mercedes1:34.945+0.244s13
5Valtteri BottasBOTMercedes1:34.988+0.287s15
6Lewis HamiltonHAMMercedes1:35.219+0.518s16
7Daniel RicciardoRICMcLaren Mercedes1:35.345+0.644s11
8Pierre GaslyGASAlphaTauri Honda1:35.398+0.697s17
9Charles LeclercLECFerrari1:35.688+0.987s17
10Esteban OconOCOAlpine Renault1:35.711+1.010s10
11Sebastian VettelVETAston Martin Mercedes1:35.851+1.150s18
12George RussellRUSWilliams Mercedes1:36.023+1.322s9
13Kimi RäikkönenRAIAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:36.062+1.361s20
14Nicholas LatifiLATWilliams Mercedes1:36.118+1.417s8
15Antonio GiovinazziGIOAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:36.252+1.551s16
16Lance StrollSTRAston Martin Mercedes1:36.392+1.691s13
17Fernando AlonsoALOAlpine Renault1:36.490+1.789s12
18Yuki TsunodaTSUAlphaTauri Honda1:36.572+1.871s16
19Mick SchumacherMSCHaas Ferrari1:36.671+1.970s15
20Nikita MazepinMAZHaas Ferrari2:03.456+28.755s15