Max in P2 after third free practice in Bahrain
Published on 04 March 2023 by Kees-Jan Koster
Max Verstappen finished the third free practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix in second position. The Red Bull Racing driver set a time of 1:32.345 at the end of the session on soft tyres, only five thousandths of a second slower than Fernando Alonso in his Aston Martin. Sergio Perez finished third.
The third and final free practice session on the 5.412 kilometre long Bahrain International Circuit is the last session during this race weekend with daylight. This means that the track conditions are not fully representative for qualifying and the race, as these will happen after sundown.
When the lights go green, it is Lando Norris who comes out on track first, also setting the first lap time. The other drivers are patiently waiting in the pits. Max comes out of the pits for the first time after more than 20 minutes. The Dutchman sets a time of 1:33.704 on a set of hard tyres, putting him in fifth position. The four drivers ahead of him were on soft tyres. Verstappen reports of the radio that he did not have any grip on the hard tyres. Max continues to drive around, but is not able to improve his time.
Max comes out on track again with ten minutes left on the clock. This time on a set of soft tyres, setting the second time (1:32.345), only five thousandths of a second slower than Fernando Alonso. Max returns to the pits after a short stint of three laps, only coming out again at the end of the session for a practice start.
Fernando Alonso finishes the third free practice session as fastest, with Max in P2. The Dutchman did twelve laps. Red Bull Racing teammate Sergio Perez finishes third, followed by Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc, in a session without any major incidents. At 4pm Dutch time qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix will start.
|1||Fernando Alonso||ALO||Aston Martin Mercedes||1:32.340||13|
|2||Max Verstappen||VER||Red Bull Racing Honda RBPT||1:32.345||+0.005s||12|
|3||Sergio Perez||PER||Red Bull Racing Honda RBPT||1:32.446||+0.106s||11|
|7||Lance Stroll||STR||Aston Martin Mercedes||1:32.919||+0.579s||15|
|9||Oscar Piastri||PIA||McLaren Mercedes||1:33.045||+0.705s||11|
|10||Pierre Gasly||GAS||Alpine Renault||1:33.064||+0.724s||12|
|11||Esteban Ocon||OCO||Alpine Renault||1:33.116||+0.776s||15|
|12||Zhou Guanyu||ZHO||Alfa Romeo Ferrari||1:33.180||+0.840s||12|
|13||Lando Norris||NOR||McLaren Mercedes||1:33.202||+0.862s||15|
|14||Kevin Magnussen||MAG||Haas Ferrari||1:33.381||+1.041s||20|
|15||Nico Hulkenberg||HUL||Haas Ferrari||1:33.423||+1.083s||22|
|16||Yuki Tsunoda||TSU||AlphaTauri Honda RBPT||1:33.475||+1.135s||14|
|17||Valtteri Bottas||BOT||Alfa Romeo Ferrari||1:33.629||+1.289s||13|
|18||Logan Sargeant||SAR||Williams Mercedes||1:33.665||+1.325s||14|
|19||Alexander Albon||ALB||Williams Mercedes||1:33.882||+1.542s||14|
|20||Nyck De Vries||DEV||AlphaTauri Honda RBPT||1:34.082||+1.742s||18|