2022 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix, 3rd free practice

Saturday’s day at Monza started with bombshell news: Williams announced that Alexander Albon will be replaced by Nyck de Vries for the remainder of the weekend. The reason for everything is the appendicitis of the Thai-British driver: the Dutch debutant can thus drive the cars of two teams within one weekend, as he drove the Aston Martin in the first practice session.

The third free practice of the Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix began with this precedent: sparkling sunshine, air temperature of 26 degrees Celsius and asphalt temperature of 39 degrees awaited the field, the members of which received even more penalties than before. The previous list was expanded to 9 people by replacing the internal combustion engine in Esteban Ocon’s Alpine. This cost the Frenchman a 5-place penalty. Alongside him, Haas’s Dane Kevin Magnussen also got 15 places due to battery changes. His teammate, Mick Schumacher, also had his internal combustion engine changed (+5 starting places), and further changes were made in Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari, but it no longer mattered for him due to the existing penalty.

Schumacher’s miserable weekend continued: the German, who missed the first practice session, stopped halfway through the second practice session with Haas, and this time he was unable to participate in most of the practice session after his team noticed a clutch problem when starting the car.

On Sergio Perez’s Red Bull, the upper part of the rear wing continued to resonate with open DRS, they were only able to alleviate, not solve, the problem that also appeared on Friday.

The events really started on the track only after a quarter of an hour, before that only six drivers had lap time. There were several tense moments during practice because of the traffic: Max Verstappen in Red Bull complained about George Russell’s Mercedes. This was less dangerous, but Sainz and Valtteri Bottas almost had a nasty crash. The Ferrari skidded at the first chicane, braking the tires of the Finnish competitor, and was able to avoid the Spaniard with his Alfa Romeo by changing direction several times. An investigation has also been launched into the incident.

The best laps of practice were rained out in the last quarter of an hour, everyone put the soft tires on their cars. Based on the fast laps, Red Bull had an advantage over Ferrari, Verstappen also won the practice ahead of Charles Leclerc, their teammates Sergio Perez and Sainz finished behind them in that order.

Fernando Alonso finished fifth with Alpine – this would earn him the second starting slot due to the many penalties in qualifying -, behind him Lando Norris finished with McLaren, while the best result for Mercedes was delivered by George Russell: together with the Alonsos, his gap was already over a second. Juki Cunoda (AlphaTauri), Ocon and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) also entered the top ten.

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De Vries’ practice with Williams went relatively well: the Dutchman completed 21 laps and finished 14th, only 93 thousandths of a second slower than teammate Nicholas Latifi. He did have a detour with a gravel bed, but other than that he had no problems.

The qualifying session for the Italian Grand Prix starts at 4 p.m.

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