FP3: Russell heads Piastri in final practice in Las Vegas

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Mercedes driver George Russell set the tone in final practice for the Las Vegas Grand Prix as he clocked the fastest time of the weekend with a 1m34.093s to beat McLaren's Oscar Piastri in the third one-hour session.

The final practice of the Las Vegas Grand Prix saw drivers complete a fully-packed schedule as everyone wanted to make up for the time lost in the opening session of the weekend.

While Mercedes concentrated on setup work and heavy-fuel run in the opening phase of the final practice, they shifted their focus more towards qualifying trim as the session progressed. George Russell did not look particularly quick yesterday, but he was comfortably the fastest today with a time of 1m34.093s. His team-mate Lewis Hamilton ended the session in P8, seven tenths of a second off.

Williams had an encouraging final practice session with Logan Sargeant taking an eye-catching P3 in the final standings. His team-mate Alexander Albon finished sixth fastest. However, the Thai driver hit the barriers in the final phase of the one-hour session, which saw him lose a tyre in the process. The incident brought out the red flags and the session was not resumed.

Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez were left in fourth and fifth respectively with yesterday's surprise man Fernando Alonso taking 7th.

After dominating proceedings yesterday, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz lost out to the red flags, having been unable to complete their flying runs on the soft tyre. The Monégasque and the Spaniard completed longer runs on Pirelli's medium tyre early on in the session with their times set on the yellow-banded tyres putting them in P16 and P17 respectively.


163George RussellMercedes1:34.09323
281Oscar PiastriMclaren Mercedes1:34.491+0.398s20
32Logan SargeantWilliams Mercedes1:34.645+0.552s17
41Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda Rbpt1:34.653+0.560s14
511Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Honda Rbpt1:34.706+0.613s13
623Alexander AlbonWilliams Mercedes1:34.726+0.633s14
714Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:34.788+0.695s18
844Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:34.853+0.760s24
977Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:34.908+0.815s18
1020Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:35.067+0.974s18
114Lando NorrisMclaren Mercedes1:35.089+0.996s17
1227Nico HulkenbergHaas Ferrari1:35.112+1.019s17
1318Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:35.253+1.160s20
1431Esteban OconAlpine Renault1:35.297+1.204s15
1524Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:35.881+1.788s15
1616Charles LeclercFerrari1:35.908+1.815s22
1755Carlos SainzFerrari1:35.939+1.846s21
1822Yuki TsunodaAlphatauri Honda Rbpt1:36.087+1.994s15
1910Pierre GaslyAlpine Renault1:36.485+2.392s12
203Daniel RicciardoAlphatauri Honda Rbpt1:37.778+3.685s15