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Max in P2 in wet third free practice in Singapore

Published on 01 October 2022 by Kees-Jan Koster

Max Verstappen finished the third free practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix in second position. On the 5,071-meter-long street circuit in Singapore was Charles Leclerc the fastest. Teammate Carlos Sainz set the third time. The Alpine of Fernando Alonso and the second Red Bull of Sergio Perez completed the top five.

Prior to the session it started to rain heavily, and it is still raining when the session was going to start. The third free practice session does start at the planned time, but the pitlane exit stays closed as the track is too wet.

It does not look like any cars come out on track in the foreseeable future. Five minutes after the start none of the drivers have made it into their cars. However, the teams have received an extra set of intermediate tyres, so they can drive more when the track gets cleared.

After about ten minutes the safety car comes out to explore the track. It has stopped raining and the sky is starting to clear. Marshals are trying to remove standing water from the track where possible. The relative high track temperature will also help for cars to come out as soon as possible.

After 22 minutes race control announces that it is expected for the track to be cleared halfway the session. Therefor drivers start to prepare to get into their cars.

The first car to appear on track is the AlphaTauri of Pierre Gasly. He is on the blue full wet tyres. Not much later comes teammate Yuki Tsunoda out on track. Daniel Ricciardo, Lance Stroll, Guanyu Zhou and Sebastian Vettel follow the example of both AlphaTauris.

When Valtteri Bottas reports over the radio that intermediates likely will work better, we see Max come out on track. Verstappen is the first driver on intermediate tyres with only twenty minutes left on the clock. Gasly also changes to intermediates.

Max is in P1 after his first timed lap, almost two seconds faster than the Ferrari of Sainz, who set his time on the full wets. Gasly takes P1 from the world champion, but Max counters immediately and takes the lead again.

With the time ticking away Verstappen continues to improve his time. With ten minutes to go the Dutchman in in P1 with behind him the Ferrari of Sains and the AlphaTauri of Gasly.

Leclerc takes P1 in the final phase of the session, but not for long as the Dutchman counters and pushes the Ferrari into P2. The Monegasque and Verstappen continue to swap places, and eventually it is Leclerc who finishes the session as fastest.

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Results third free practice Singapore:

1Charles LeclercLECFerrari1:57.782 10
2Max VerstappenVERRed Bull Racing RBPT1:58.308+0.526s11
3Carlos SainzSAIFerrari1:58.848+1.066s11
4Fernando AlonsoALOAlpine Renault1:59.429+1.647s8
5Sergio PerezPERRed Bull Racing RBPT1:59.526+1.744s10
6Lance StrollSTRAston Martin Mercedes2:00.373+2.591s10
7Esteban OconOCOAlpine Renault2:00.911+3.129s8
8Sebastian VettelVETAston Martin Mercedes2:01.007+3.225s10
9George RussellRUSMercedes2:01.010+3.228s9
10Daniel RicciardoRICMcLaren Mercedes2:01.036+3.254s12
11Kevin MagnussenMAGHaas Ferrari2:01.089+3.307s12
12Lewis HamiltonHAMMercedes2:01.220+3.438s7
13Pierre GaslyGASAlphaTauri RBPT2:01.245+3.463s14
14Mick SchumacherMSCHaas Ferrari2:01.502+3.720s12
15Yuki TsunodaTSUAlphaTauri RBPT2:01.679+3.897s13
16Lando NorrisNORMcLaren Mercedes2:01.791+4.009s12
17Alexander AlbonALBWilliams Mercedes2:01.907+4.125s12
18Valtteri BottasBOTAlfa Romeo Ferrari2:02.066+4.284s11
19Zhou GuanyuZHOAlfa Romeo Ferrari2:02.599+4.817s11
20Nicholas LatifiLATWilliams Mercedes2:03.510+5.728s9