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Pierre Gasly on top for the final practice in Baku

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The final practice of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix was marred with incidents. We had it all. A red flag, a virtual safety car and plenty of yellow flags. The majority of the grid had difficulties keep their cars on track, going off into the various runoff areas on track.

Pierre Gasly was the man on top come the end of the session. Not only was he the fastest man on track but he was also the fastest by just over three tenths of a second. His Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda teammate Yuki Tsunoda had a better day, finishing eighth overall.

Sergio Pérez finished the session in second place, he has had the pace all weekend and is looking the favourite to get pole in Baku. Max Verstappen didn’t have the best of sessions. He crashed his car into the barrier at Turn 15, damaging his wing. He was unable to get his car restarted, causing the session to be red flagged for five minutes. Verstappen wasn’t able to re-join and finished in fifteenth. 

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team have been on the back foot yet again this morning. Lewis Hamilton was able to get his car up to third, thanks to a monster tow at the end of his fastest lap. Valtteri Bottas got himself in a few mishaps on track, locking up and going into the runoff areas. He could only get thirteenth overall. 

Scuderia Ferrari have been the most consistent team of the weekend. Their session was also marred by the drivers locking up and ruining flying laps, but Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr. still managed fourth and fifth respectively overall. 

Lando Norris outpaced his McLaren F1 Team teammate Daniel Ricciardo, yet again. The duo had a good session, managing to avoid all the yellow flag chaos. Norris got his car up to sixth with Ricciardo rounding out the top ten in tenth. 

Alpine F1 Team are looking to be on fine form. They’ve spent most of the weekend in the top ten and look promising to get both their cars into Q3 come qualifying. Fernando Alonso was the strongest of the pair, coming in seventh but Esteban Ocon wasn’t too far behind him in ninth.

It doesn’t look as if Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team will be repeating their points heroics from the Monaco Grand Prix. The drivers haven’t really tested the top ten and it will be a surprise if either are in Q3. Sebastian Vettel came eleventh with Lance Stroll just behind him in twelfth. 

Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN had a fairly quiet session. They weren’t able to do anything spectacular with Kimi Räikkönen coming in fourteenth and Antonio Giovinazzi in seventeenth.

George Russell came into difficulties when his car came to a grinding halt at Turn 1, bring out a Virtual Safety Car. The weekend hasn’t been great for Williams Racing, especially with Nicholas Latifi having car issues during Friday’s running’s. Latifi came sixteenth with Russell in eighteenth.

Finishing off the grid was Uralkali Haas F1 TeamMick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin came nineteenth and twentieth respectively.

Free Practice 3 Results

PosNoDriverNat.TeamTimeGapLaps
110Pierre GaslyFRAScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1:42.25116
211Sergio PérezMEXRed Bull Racing Honda1:42.595=+0.344s19
344Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team1:42.697=+0.446s16
416Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow1:42.778=+0.527s16
555Carlos Sainz Jr.ESPScuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow1:43.006=+0.755s17
64Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team1:43.011=+0.760s15
714Fernando AlonsoESPAlpine F1 Team1:43.080=+0.829s15
822Yuki TsunodaJAPScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1:43.244=+0.993s19
931Esteban OconFRAAlpine F1 Team1:43.294=+1.043s15
103Daniel RicciardoAUSMcLaren F1 Team1:43.557=+1.306s17
115Sebastian VettelGERAston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team1:43.585=+1.334s13
1218Lance StrollCANAston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team1:43.682=+1.431s13
1377Valtteri BottasFINMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team1:43.745=+1.494s16
147Kimi RäikkönenFINAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen1:43.826=+1.575s17
1533Max VerstappenNEDRed Bull Racing Honda1:43.984=+1.733s6
166Nicholas LatifiCANWilliams Racing1:44.054=+1.803s17
1799Antonio GiovinazziITAAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen1:44.113=+1.862s11
1863George RussellGBRWilliams Racing1:44.434=+2.183s12
1947Mick SchumacherGERUralkali Haas F1 Team1:45.282=+3.031s17
209Nikita MazepinRUSUralkali Haas F1 Team1:45.711=+3.460s12
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