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Verstappen third in final free practice Austria

Published on 09 July 2022 by Kees-Jan Koster

Max Verstappen finished the second free practice session for the Austrian Grand Prix in third position. The Dutchman completed 32 laps on the 4.318 meter long Red Bull Ring and set a 1:08.778 as his fastest time. Carlos Sainz was quickest, Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc finished second.

It is 12:30 when the lights go green for the start of the final practice session. With qualifying behind us, the teams and drivers focus on the setup for the sprint race and the Grand Prix on Sunday. Max Verstappen leaves the pitlane after five minutes on a set of soft tyres and completes eight timed laps, before returning to the pits. The world champion is first on the timesheet with a 1:08.966 as his fastest time.

Halfway the session the top six is formed by Max Verstappen, Carlos Sainz, George Russell, Fernando Alonso, Charles Leclerc and Esteban Ocon. Max is out again on track, this time on a set of yellow medium tyres.

Lewis Hamilton comes out on track not much later for an installation lap. The Brit crashed yesterday in qualifying, and the team had to work hard to repair the car in time.

With ten minutes to go Max returns to the pitlane. The Dutchman has done 29 laps and set a 1:08.778 as his fastest time. Ferrari drivers Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc have moved up into first and second position on soft tyres. Max comes out for a short period in the final phase of the session for a practice start and finishes the session in third position. Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon and Sergio Pérez complete the top six.

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Results second free practice Austria:

1Carlos SainzSAIFerrari1:08.610 39
2Charles LeclercLECFerrari1:08.660+0.050s42
3Max VerstappenVERRed Bull Racing RBPT1:08.778+0.168s31
4Fernando AlonsoALOAlpine Renault1:08.832+0.222s20
5Esteban OconOCOAlpine Renault1:08.848+0.238s23
6Sergio PerezPERRed Bull Racing RBPT1:09.179+0.569s36
7George RussellRUSMercedes1:09.240+0.630s32
8Valtteri BottasBOTAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:09.251+0.641s25
9Lewis HamiltonHAMMercedes1:09.350+0.740s13
10Lando NorrisNORMcLaren Mercedes1:09.519+0.909s37
11Lance StrollSTRAston Martin Mercedes1:09.525+0.915s42
12Pierre GaslyGASAlphaTauri RBPT1:09.579+0.969s36
13Sebastian VettelVETAston Martin Mercedes1:09.602+0.992s43
14Zhou GuanyuZHOAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:09.665+1.055s35
15Mick SchumacherMSCHaas Ferrari1:09.700+1.090s31
16Alexander AlbonALBWilliams Mercedes1:09.740+1.130s33
17Daniel RicciardoRICMcLaren Mercedes1:09.852+1.242s33
18Kevin MagnussenMAGHaas Ferrari1:09.960+1.350s33
19Yuki TsunodaTSUAlphaTauri RBPT1:10.005+1.395s38
20Nicholas LatifiLATWilliams Mercedes1:10.261+1.651s35