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Verstappen P3 after third free practice in Zandvoort

Published on 03 September 2022 by Mike Motilall

Max Verstappen finished third fastest after the third free practice for the Dutch Grand Prix. On the jam-packed Circuit Zandvoort Verstappen lapped the track 22 times with a 1:11.793 being his fastest lap time. With that Max was a mere 0,161 second slower than the fastest man on track, Charles Leclerc. In between both drivers, George Russell finished second in his Mercedes.

With a clear blue sky and a pleasant 22 degrees ambient temperature, the third and final free practice for the Dutch Grand Prix gets underway. The grand stands are packed on the 4.259 km. long track that are also fully orange coloured. Sergio Perez in his Red Bull is the first one to get a time on the clock. Ten minutes into the session, Verstappen makes to the track for the first time. With a set of the softs strapped on to his RB18, the Dutchman immediately clocks the fastest lap time, this being a 1:12.309. He even manages to better that to a 1:12.196, putting him firmly in first. After a running of six laps around the track, Verstappen heads back to the pits.

Halfway the session, Max heads back out again on the softs. This time, the home boy is not doing fastest lap times, he is merely lapping the track at race tempo as a preparation for the race. While Verstappen heads back in after a ten-lap stint, Sains takes over the top spot. Not much later, Ferrari team mate Charles Leclerc manages to pull out an even faster lap time, while George Russell slots in in between both Ferraris in second place.

With well over ten minutes on the clock, Verstappen gets ready for a new run. He clocks in the third fastest time, some two tenths a stray from Leclerc. He scrapes off a bit of his time (1:11.793) during his following flying lap, but remains P3. As the flag drops, Pierre Gasly has a serious moment at Turn nine. The Frenchman goes wide and hits a foam sign before managing to get back on the asphalt. Charles Leclerc finishes the session at the top, with George Russell following closely in second. Max Verstappen comes in third fastest and behind the Dutchman, Carlos Sainz and Lewis Hamilton come in respectively fourth and fifth. Sergio Perez takes sixth while Fernando Alonso is ‘best of the rest’ in seventh.

Qualifying for the Dutch Grand Prix starts at 15.00 hrs. local Dutch time.

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Results third free practice Netherlands:

1Charles LeclercLECFerrari1:11.632 19
2George RussellRUSMercedes1:11.698+0.066s23
3Max VerstappenVERRed Bull Racing RBPT1:11.793+0.161s22
4Carlos SainzSAIFerrari1:11.971+0.339s16
5Lewis HamiltonHAMMercedes1:12.156+0.524s24
6Sergio PerezPERRed Bull Racing RBPT1:12.176+0.544s28
7Fernando AlonsoALOAlpine Renault1:12.327+0.695s16
8Sebastian VettelVETAston Martin Mercedes1:12.491+0.859s24
9Mick SchumacherMSCHaas Ferrari1:12.558+0.926s14
10Lando NorrisNORMcLaren Mercedes1:12.591+0.959s17
11Kevin MagnussenMAGHaas Ferrari1:12.606+0.974s14
12Lance StrollSTRAston Martin Mercedes1:12.773+1.141s18
13Alexander AlbonALBWilliams Mercedes1:12.775+1.143s17
14Esteban OconOCOAlpine Renault1:13.003+1.371s19
15Pierre GaslyGASAlphaTauri RBPT1:13.046+1.414s22
16Yuki TsunodaTSUAlphaTauri RBPT1:13.256+1.624s22
17Daniel RicciardoRICMcLaren Mercedes1:13.299+1.667s19
18Valtteri BottasBOTAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:13.359+1.727s14
19Zhou GuanyuZHOAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:13.421+1.789s13
20Nicholas LatifiLATWilliams Mercedes1:13.625+1.993s21