2022 British Grand Prix – Verstappen in a league of his own in FP3

F1 Grand Prix Of Great Britain Practice
F1 Grand Prix Of Great Britain Practice

Final practice for the 2022 British Grand Prix has concluded, and we now have a good idea of what we can expect for qualifying later today. Both Free Practice 1 and 2 experienced changeable conditions yesterday, so a lot of that running had the potential to be unrepresentative.

Those who master the cool conditions in England could benefit hugely, and at the moment, it looks like Max Verstappen and Red Bull are in the ascendancy. Here are all the stories of FP3!

Red hot Red Bull

With the threat of rain still lingering, teams further down the grid were eager to get as much running as possible in the final practice session of the weekend. Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll were out in their Aston Martins on the Silverstone Circuit as soon as the lights went out, albeit only for an installation lap.

Running was close in the early stages, as teams struggled to switch on their tyres in the cool conditions. However, Ferrari found the pace to set the first representative laps, with Charles Leclerc leading Carlos Sainz. Sergio Perez would put his Red Bull into P2, as Sainz struggled with bouncing mid-corner.

F1 Grand Prix Of Great Britain Practice
Max Verstappen left his first runs late, but they were seriously quick

Max Verstappen would then fly to the top of the standings, the defending World Champion producing a lap almost half a second faster than anybody else. Leclerc would improve to P2, but still be three tenths of a second off the leader. Sprinkles of rain slowed the pace of the drivers, as the teams settled into their race runs.

That didn’t stop Sir Lewis Hamilton though, as the home hero went P2 again, just a tenth shy of Verstappen’s leading time. George Russell would prove this was no fluke with 20 minutes to go either, as he went within a tenth of his teammate’s time. Leclerc then showed Ferrari’s pace, going just two-thousandths of a second behind Verstappen.

However, Verstappen then produced something special to go almost half a second clear of the pack. If Red Bull were sand-bagging before, they weren’t anymore. Perez would go P2, but still four tenths down on his teammate.

Full Classification

The top six was entirely made up of the usual suspects from Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes. McLaren’s Lando Norris was best of the rest in P7. Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas was an impressive P8, with Mick Schumacher (P9) and Alpine’s Fernando Alonso (P10) completing the top ten.

Pos Driver No. Team Time
1 Max Verstappen 1 Red Bull 1:27.901
2 Sergio Perez 11 Red Bull +0.410
3 Charles Leclerc 16 Ferrari +0.447
4 George Russell 63 Mercedes +0.525
5 Lewis Hamilton 44 Mercedes +0.587
6 Carlos Sainz 55 Ferrari +0.788
7 Lando Norris 4 McLaren +1.201
8 Valtteri Bottas 77 Alfa Romeo +1.284
9 Mick Schumacher 47 Haas +1.609
10 Fernando Alonso 14 Alpine +1.619
11 Esteban Ocon 31 Alpine +1.651
12 Sebastian Vettel 5 Aston Martin +1.692
13 Zhou Guanyu 24 Alfa Romeo +1.851
14 Alex Albon 23 Williams +1.879
15 Pierre Gasly 10 AlphaTauri +1.984
16 Lance Stroll 18 Aston Martin +1.991
17 Yuki Tsunoda 22 AlphaTauri +2.138
18 Daniel Ricciardo 3 McLaren +2.392
19 Nicholas Latifi 6 Williams +2.588
20 Kevin Magnussen 20 Haas +2.662

Grid Talk Podcast

Want more content to preview the 2022 British Grand Prix? The Grid Talk crew previewed the race in their latest podcast. Tom Horrox hosted Olivia Kairu, Warren Schorr and Sophia Richmond in episode 208 of the show. Audio and video versions of the podcast are available below:

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