FP3: Hamilton jumps to the top in final practice

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After Red Bull's Max Verstappen dominated the Friday sessions for the Styrian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton recorded the fastest lap of the weekend to top the final practice just two hours ahead of the qualifying session.

While teams and drivers were in a hurry yesterday due to the continuously threatening rain that did not materialize, the final practice started with the sun beating down on the Red Bull Ring. It meant that the first minutes went by without any hectic action.

The two Haas drivers, Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin kick-started the action with both of them putting focus on the hard compound which the American team was unable to experiment with yesterday.

During the first runs, drivers were divided in terms of tyre compounds with many using the medium rubber, but the Mercedes, Red Bull and AlphaTauri drivers opted for the soft C4 compound.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen continued his impressive form, setting the early pace. However, Mercedes found an eye-catching jump in performance when they bolted on their second fresh set of soft tyres.

The reigning world champion recorded a 1m04.369s to go quickest, pipping Verstappen, who was over two tenths of a second off the pace. Valtteri Bottas, who is set to receive a three-place grid penalty for a pit lane incident in FP2, ended up third fastest.

The AlphaTauris enjoyed some promising pace on Saturday morning, with Yuki Tsunoda having the upper hand over his team mate Pierre Gasly. The Japanese racer posted a time of 1m05.150s to finish in P5, going over a tenth of a second faster than his French team mate.

The fight in the midfield was as fierce as ever with only tiny margins separating the likes of Ferrari, Alpine and Aston Martin with Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi and Williams’ George Russell also getting involved in the fight.

After their impressive day yesterday, McLaren appeared to be keeping their powder dry in FP3, Daniel Ricciardo only 17th while Lando Norris was 19th, having had a key lap deleted.


144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:04.36919
233Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda1:04.573+0.204s16
377Valtteri BottasMercedes1:04.832+0.463s25
411Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Honda1:05.026+0.657s21
522Yuki TsunodaAlphatauri Honda1:05.150+0.781s23
610Pierre GaslyAlphatauri Honda1:05.298+0.929s22
716Charles LeclercFerrari1:05.340+0.971s21
814Fernando AlonsoAlpine Renault1:05.400+1.031s24
918Lance StrollAston Martin Mercedes1:05.445+1.076s18
105Sebastian VettelAston Martin Mercedes1:05.492+1.123s20
1199Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:05.556+1.187s24
1231Esteban OconAlpine Renault1:05.676+1.307s22
1355Carlos SainzFerrari1:05.698+1.329s22
1463George RussellWilliams Mercedes1:05.863+1.494s23
157Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:05.942+1.573s25
1647Mick SchumacherHaas Ferrari1:05.992+1.623s24
173Daniel RicciardoMclaren Mercedes1:06.116+1.747s20
186Nicholas LatifiWilliams Mercedes1:06.119+1.750s22
194Lando NorrisMclaren Mercedes1:06.654+2.285s19
209Nikita MazepinHaas Ferrari1:06.692+2.323s22