F1: Gasly tops wet Practice 3 in Turkey

In a rain hit practice 3 for the Turkish GP, Pierre Gasly put his AlphaTauri on top with a 1m30.447s, 0.164s ahead of the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and 0.237s ahead of Sergio Perez in third.

That’s the second practice session Gasly has topped this year, also finishing on top of the pile in FP3 in Baku. The Frenchman does seem to excel on the intermediate rubber, and looks in very tidy form – but will the conditions hold for qualifying?

The rain has stopped, and the track had dried out to the extent that Leclerc was debating slick tires towards the end. It could well be that qualifying will be on a dry – albeit green – track later on here.

Hard to read that session, with some drivers exploring the conditions and then parking up early. Hamilton completed just five laps on his way to P18, and Bottas didn’t do too many more. Are Mercedes nursing power units and trying to avoid unnecessary mileage – or just feeling wet weather running isn’t going to be relevant later on?

Lewis Hamilton on Intermediates

It was an eventful session when it comes to spins though, with so many drivers having moments. The biggest two went to George Russell, who beached himself in the gravel which brought out the red flags, and Fernando Alonso who came close to doing likewise but maintained enough momentum to rescue himself.

All of which means qualifying later on could be a thrilling session. If the track dries, then it will be green, with all that rubber laid down yesterday washed off. But the extra grip here should help with that, so it will be fascinating to see who pushes flat out and who takes it a bit easier.

Practice 3 Results

1 10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda 1:30.447 +0.000s 19
2 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda 1:30.611 +0.164s 11
3 11 Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing Honda 1:30.684 +0.237s 13
4 55 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1:31.262 +0.815s 22
5 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:31.543 +1.096s 18
6 14 Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault 1:31.545 +1.098s 15
7 7 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:31.572 +1.125s 17
8 22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri Honda 1:31.981 +1.534s 21
9 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:31.996 +1.549s 8
10 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault 1:32.089 +1.642s 17
11 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:32.097 +1.650s 21
12 5 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Mercedes 1:32.111 +1.664s 14
13 47 Mick Schumacher Haas Ferrari 1:32.228 +1.781s 23
14 3 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Mercedes 1:32.270 +1.823s 18
15 4 Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes 1:32.314 +1.867s 18
16 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Mercedes 1:33.348 +2.901s 11
17 9 Nikita Mazepin Haas Ferrari 1:33.425 +2.978s 14
18 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:33.636 +3.189s 5
19 6 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes 1:35.681 +5.234s 8
20 63 George Russell Williams Mercedes NO TIME NO TIME 2