FP3: Verstappen ahead as rain further complicates things

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Turkey, Istanbul Parktr

As if the lack of grip due to the new track surface wasn't enough, more rain during the final free practice session made things even more complicated for the F1 teams. Few laps were done, though Max Verstappen did set the fastest one on intermediate tyres early on in the session.

As a damp track greeted the drivers this morning, the usual installation laps were done on intermediate and wet weather tyres. Most chose for wets, but those that did later came back out on track on intermediates as these proved to be the faster compound at the time.

Max Verstappen emerged on top with the fastest time on intermediate tyres after about 15 minutes, followed by Leclerc and Albon.

After that, rain intensified, and it was clear that the green-marked intermediate Pirelli tyres were no longer sufficient to maintain grip. Some drivers ventured out on full wets, but it was usually only for a few laps. Among them, Perez was fastest.

What followed was a lengthy 30 minutes with hardly any car on track, until 10 minutes from the end, some drivers returned to the track once again. Giovinazzi, Gasly, Kvyat and Hamilton were the first ones to do so. The latter didn't complete any laps on intermediates this session, and few minutes before the end of the session came on the radio stating "there's no grip out there, shocking. It's dangerous".

And with that, the session practically ended. Raikkonen added a few more laps to his tally, but nobody else could be bother anymore.

Surely, some will be anxious to go into qualifying in a few hours' time.

Results

Pos.No.DriverCarTimeGapLaps
133Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda1:48.485-6
216Charles LeclercFerrari1:49.430+0.945s9
323Alexander AlbonRed Bull Racing Honda1:50.059+1.574s5
431Esteban OconRenault1:53.897+5.412s9
54Lando NorrisMcLaren Renault1:53.995+5.510s7
65Sebastian VettelFerrari1:54.490+6.005s14
711Sergio PerezRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:55.577+7.092s6
877Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:55.666+7.181s4
920Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:55.878+7.393s4
1018Lance StrollRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:56.824+8.339s5
113Daniel RicciardoRenault1:58.475+9.990s6
1255Carlos SainzMcLaren Renault1:59.548+11.063s7
1399Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari2:02.325+13.840s10
1410Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri Honda2:02.473+13.988s7
158Romain GrosjeanHaas Ferrari2:04.748+16.263s5
167Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari2:06.351+17.866s13
1726Daniil KvyatAlphaTauri Honda2:09.368+20.883s8
1863George RussellWilliams Mercedes--1
196Nicholas LatifiWilliams Mercedes--1
2044Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG--3