2022 Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix, 3rd free practice

The third free practice of the Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix began in a calm atmosphere, accompanied by an air temperature of 23 degrees Celsius and an asphalt temperature of 30 degrees Celsius. While the Dutch fans were already represented in considerable numbers in the stands, the field was not really active in the first five minutes of the training session: as proof of this, only Sergio Pérez’s name was recorded for a long time.

After that – to the great joy of the locals, expressed by cheers – Max Verstappen broke the silence, the Dutchman immediately started with a big improvement after Red Bull’s bumpy Friday: he gave his teammate almost 1.3 seconds, driving a time of 1:12.309. Although the world championship leader was not satisfied with his lap and later complained about the tire wear, the majority of those who came after him put together a lap roughly 1 second slower.

Similar to the first and second practice sessions, the last 60-minute stage before the time trial took place without any major interruptions. Only around the house of Mercedes there were excitements: first George Russell reported pigeons picnicking on the side of the track, then Lewis Hamilton was held up by Juki Cunoda in a fast lap, but the case did not receive any serious response.

A significant change in the order had to wait until the last 20 minutes, when presumably the one-lap simulations came to the fore. Carlos Sainz was the first to wink under 1:12 during the weekend, and then Charles Leclerc, who spent a long time in the garage with the other Ferrari, made a huge improvement: he took the lead with 1:11.632, George Russell snuck in between them with Mercedes, who had been encouraging in the past, and with a surprisingly small gap .

Although the usual fireworks were missed, the final minutes were not uneventful: Pérez and Sainz misunderstood each other before turn 11, while Pierre Gasly ran over one of the Styrofoam boards at the exit of turn 9.

Leclerc remained in the lead, but Russell was only 66 milliseconds slower than him. Verstappen is less than two tenths of a second behind them in third place, and behind him Sainz, Hamilton and Pérez complete the first six positions rented by Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull. At the same time, the picture is distorted by the fact that in the end neither Verstappen nor Pérez had a mistake-free attempt.

On the other hand, the lower part of the top 10 shows a very colorful picture with Fernando Alonso (Alpine), Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin), Mick Schumacher (Haas) and Lando Norris (McLaren).

The F1 program of the Dutch Grand Prix continues with qualifying practice starting at 3 p.m.

The final result of the third free practice

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