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Max in P2 after final free practice Spain

Published on 21 May 2022 by Kees-Jan Koster

Max Verstappen finished the final free practice session in Barcelona in second position. The Oracle Red Bull Racing driver was behind Charles Leclerc who finished first. Mercedes drivers George Russell and Lewis Hamilton finished in third and fourth place, while Carlos Sainz and Checo Perez completed the top six.

It is warm in Barcelona at the start of the practice session: the outside temperature is thirty degrees, and the track temperature has reached 42 degrees. The final free practice session on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya starts slowly. It is Lando Norris who comes out on track first, followed by his McLaren teammate Daniel Ricciardo. Norris is also the first to set a time, a 1:23.641 on the medium tyre.

After only a couple of minutes there is smoke at the rear of the AlphaTauri of Pierre Gasly. He was ready to leave the pits but steps out of the car. His AT03 is pushed back into the pitbox. Not much later there is more smoke, this time coming from the Haas car of Mick Schumacher. He enters the pitlane with his rear right brake on fire. The team quickly comes out with fire extinguishers to put the fire out, but there is already significant damage. Both Gasly and Schumacher do not come out on track again in FP3.

After twenty minutes the top three is formed by Leclerc (1:20.278), Sainz and Russel, followed by Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Ocon. They all set their times on soft tyres.

Max Verstappen comes out of the pits with 35 minutes to go. His teammate Perez just moved up to third position. Max places himself between the two Ferraris after his first quick lap, two tenths behind Leclerc. Sainz takes first position for a short period but is quickly pushed back into second by his teammate: Leclerc is the first driver to set a sub 1:20 time, a 1:19.772.

In the last twelve minutes Max starts his qualifying simulations on the soft tyre. He jumps to second position, only seven hundredths of a second behind Leclerc. Both Verstappen and Leclerc do not improve their times after that. Leclerc finished the final free practice session in Barcelona in first position, and Verstappen in second. Russell, Hamilton, Sainz and Perez complete the top six.

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Results third free practice Spain:

1Charles LeclercLECFerrari1:19.772 22
2Max VerstappenVERRed Bull Racing RBPT1:19.844+0.072s11
3George RussellRUSMercedes1:19.920+0.148s15
4Lewis HamiltonHAMMercedes1:20.002+0.230s17
5Carlos SainzSAIFerrari1:20.129+0.357s22
6Sergio PerezPERRed Bull Racing RBPT1:20.260+0.488s18
7Lando NorrisNORMcLaren Mercedes1:20.403+0.631s17
8Kevin MagnussenMAGHaas Ferrari1:20.646+0.874s20
9Valtteri BottasBOTAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:20.781+1.009s23
10Esteban OconOCOAlpine Renault1:20.882+1.110s17
11Daniel RicciardoRICMcLaren Mercedes1:20.910+1.138s16
12Sebastian VettelVETAston Martin Mercedes1:20.944+1.172s23
13Fernando AlonsoALOAlpine Renault1:20.981+1.209s16
14Zhou GuanyuZHOAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:21.201+1.429s18
15Yuki TsunodaTSUAlphaTauri RBPT1:21.449+1.677s21
16Lance StrollSTRAston Martin Mercedes1:21.520+1.748s22
17Alexander AlbonALBWilliams Mercedes1:21.572+1.800s17
18Nicholas LatifiLATWilliams Mercedes1:22.419+2.647s17
19Mick SchumacherMSCHaas Ferrari1:25.467+5.695s4
20Pierre GaslyGASAlphaTauri RBPT---1