Formula 1

Hamilton in Prime Position in Styria after topping Final Practice at the Red Bull Ring

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Credit: Jiri Krenek

Max Verstappen couldn’t complete a hat-trick of fastest times, with Lewis Hamilton topping the final practice session of the Styrian Grand Prix

Yet again, the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team duo of Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas seemed to be on the back foot compared to Red Bull Racing, but the team was able to pull a couple of rapid laps out to beat their rivals. 

In the battle on top, Hamilton and Bottas came first and third respectively, with the duo being sandwiched by Verstappen in third. Sergio Pérez wasn’t too far behind in fourth. 

Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda seem to be on fine form. Pierre Gasly has been one of the standout drivers of the year and his pace is getting stronger. He was fifth fastest with his team-mate Yuki Tsunoda following just behind him in sixth.

Scuderia Ferrari will be hoping to put the disaster of Paul Ricard behind them after walking away from the French Grand Prix with no points. However, the Red Bull Ring hasn’t been kind to them, with the duo of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr. struggling to have the pace of those in front. Leclerc finished seventh with Sainz Jr. in thirteenth. 

Fernando Alonso was the fastest in the battle at Alpine F1 Team. He finished eighth with team-mate Esteban Ocon down in twelfth. The Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team pairing of Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel finished off the top ten finishing ninth and tenth respectively.

The Red Bull Ring has been a track that Antonio Giovinazzi has consistently done well at. He was eleventh fastest with Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN team-mate Kimi Räikkönen down in fifteenth.

George Russell finished in fourteenth. He’ll be hoping that he can get into Q2 again and his pace has surely shown he can. Williams Racing team-mate Nicholas Latifi was eighteenth. 

McLaren F1 Team had a poor session. Daniel Ricciardo couldn’t repeat his heroics of the second session on Friday, where he finished second. His fastest time saw him finishing low down the grid in seventeenth. Lando Norris did set a time which saw him go fifth fastest. However, like most drivers on the grid, he had his time taken away for exceeding track limits. He finished nineteenth.

Mick Schumacher finished sixteenth and Nikita Mazepin completed the grid, finishing the session in twentieth. The practice wasn’t kind to him, with Mazepin taking a spin at Turn 1 during a flying lap. 

Red Bull Ring Free Practice 3 Result

Pos#DriverNat.TeamTimeGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team1:04.36919
233Max VerstappenNEDRed Bull Racing Honda1:04.573=+0.204s16
377Valtteri BottasFINMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team1:04.832=+0.463s25
411Sergio PérezMEXRed Bull Racing Honda1:05.026=+0.657s21
522Yuki TsunodaJAPScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1:05.150=+0.781s23
610Pierre GaslyFRAScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1:05.298=+0.929s22
716Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow1:05.340=+0.971s21
814Fernando AlonsoESPAlpine F1 Team1:05.400=+1.031s24
918Lance StrollCANAston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team1:05.445=+1.076s18
105Sebastian VettelGERAston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team1:05.492=+1.123s20
1199Antonio GiovinazziITAAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen1:05.556=+1.187s24
1231Esteban OconFRAAlpine F1 Team1:05.676=+1.307s22
1355Carlos Sainz Jr.ESPScuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow1:05.698=+1.329s22
1463George RussellGBRWilliams Racing1:05.863=+1.494s23
157Kimi RäikkönenFINAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen1:05.942=+1.573s25
1647Mick SchumacherGERUralkali Haas F1 Team1:05.992=+1.623s24
173Daniel RicciardoAUSMcLaren F1 Team1:06.116=+1.747s20
186Nicholas LatifiCANWilliams Racing1:06.119=+1.750s22
194Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team1:06.654=+2.285s19
209Nikita MazepinRUSUralkali Haas F1 Team1:06.692=+2.323s22
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