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Verstappen on top again in Final Bahrain Practice as Gasly Impresses

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Max Verstappen was fastest in the final practice session, claiming a hat-trick of top spots at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Track temperatures had gone up to highs of fifty degrees and most drivers opted to come out later in the session.

The hot temperatures hadn’t dampened Red Bull Racing’s weekend at all, and they are the ones currently looking at coming out on top come the chequered flag at tomorrow’s race. Sergio Pérez continued to improve, coming fifth overall.

Lewis Hamilton pushed himself again but still cannot beat Verstappen. He finished in second with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team colleague Valtteri Bottas coming in fourth.

Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda broke curfew last night fixing Yuki Tsunoda’s car. The Japanese driver pitted ten minutes before the end of Friday’s second practice session with an issue. The team are yet to release what was wrong with the car beside saying it was a large fix. Tsunoda finished in thirteenth with teammate Pierre Gasly flying high in third.

Charles Leclerc had a spin at Turn 3. Luckily, he didn’t occur any damage and was able to continue on. He wasn’t able to match his Scuderia Ferrari team-mate in getting a top ten lap. He finished in eleventh with Carlos Sainz Jr. sixth fastest.

Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN are continuing to impress, and it won’t be too much of a surprise if they can get one of their cars in to Q3. Both Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi have been floating around the top ten across all three sessions. They came seventh and twelfth respectively.

Alpine F1 Team haven’t showed their true potential so far this weekend. The team have been used to top ten positions over the past couple of years but have struggled to break through so far. Esteban Ocon finished eighth fastest with Fernando Alonso down in fifteenth.

Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team really need to step up a gear if they want to be competing for podiums like last year. Lance Stroll managed a top ten time in ninth place, but Sebastian Vettel floated lower. Vettel was struck on his visor by something coming off the front left of his car, reducing the amount of time he had during the session. He came fifteenth fastest.

McLaren F1 Team didn’t have as great of a session and the previous two and we hope that’s not going to replicate in qualifying. Daniel Ricciardo came in tenth with Lando Norris in sixteenth.

George Russell and Nicholas Latifi still aren’t having a great time in the Williams Racing car. They’ve floated around the bottom in all three sessions. They came seventeenth and twentieth respectively. Rookie drivers Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin also continued to be two drivers occupying the lower end of the table. Uralkali Haas F1 Team duo finished eighteenth and nineteenth respectively.

Bahrain Grand Prix – Practice 3 results

133Max VerstappenNEDRed Bull Racing Honda1:30.57711
244Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team1:31.316+0.739s14
310Pierre GaslyFRAScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1:31.583+1.006s13
477Valtteri BottasFINMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team1:31.855+1.278s16
511Sergio PérezMEXRed Bull Racing Honda1:31.908+1.331s11
655Carlos Sainz Jr.ESPScuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow1:32.108+1.531s16
77Kimi RäikkönenFINAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen1:32.224+1.647s15
831Esteban OconFRAAlpine F1 Team1:32.423+1.846s11
918Lance StrollCANAston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team1:32.431+1.854s13
103Daniel RicciardoAUSMcLaren F1 Team1:32.477+1.900s12
1116Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow1:32.482+1.905s17
1299Antonio GiovinazziITAAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen1:32.500+1.923s11
1322Yuki TsunodaJAPScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1:32.709+2.132s15
145Sebastian VettelGERAston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team1:32.755+2.178s15
1514Fernando AlonsoESPAlpine F1 Team1:32.820+2.243s15
164Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team1:32.860+2.283s10
1763George RussellGBRWilliams Racing1:33.323+2.746s14
1847Mick SchumacherGERUralkali Haas F1 Team1:33.422+2.845s14
199Nikita MazepinRUSUralkali Haas F1 Team1:33.622+3.045s14
206Nicholas LatifiCANWilliams Racing1:33.959+3.382s16
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