F1: Perez tops final practice for USGP

Red Bull Honda driver Sergio Perez turned the fastest lap in final practice for the USGP at COTA.

However, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton both had faster laps (3/10th and 2/10ths faster), but their times were deleted for exceeding the track limits.

Perez’ lap of 1m34.701s was 0.104s faster than the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz Jr. and 0.211s faster than Verstappen’s 2nd best lap.

Lando Norris was a close 4th 0.244s back and just ahead of Valtteri Bottas who was 0.287s back in 5th in the 2nd Mercedes.

Lewis Hamilton wound up 6th fastest, 0.518s behind.

One thing is for sure, the top two teams look like having all four drivers on song here, and that fight for pole could be an absolute epic. Will they all find that ideal racing line, or will someone nudge things just a bit too far and lose a crucial lap time?

With Sainz ending up second, has the pendulum swung back towards Ferrari here? Maybe, maybe not. Norris was just over a tenth further back in fourth, with Ricciardo winding up ahead of Leclerc. Too tight to call.

With those four teams all having both drivers in the top 10, that left just two slots for the rest. Those went to Gasly in eighth – no surprises there, the Frenchman has been strong over one lap all season. P10 went to Ocon, with that Alpine starting to come into its own here.

Practice 3 Results

1 Sergio Perez MEX Red Bull Racing 1m34.701s +0.000s
2 Carlos Sainz ESP Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow 1m34.805s +0.104s
3 Max Verstappen NED Red Bull Racing 1m34.912s +0.211s
4 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team 1m34.945s +0.244s
5 Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas 1m34.988s +0.287s
6 Daniel Ricciardo AUS McLaren F1 Team 1m35.354s +0.518s
7 Pierre Gasly FRA Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1m35.398s +0.644s
8 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas 1m35.571s +0.697s
9 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow 1m35.688s +0.987s
10 Esteban Ocon FRA Alpine F1 Team 1m35.711s +1.010s
11 Sebastian Vettel GER Aston Martin Cognizant 1m35.851s +1.150s
12 George Russell ISR Williams Racing 1m36.023s +1.322s
13 Kimi Raikkonen FIN Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen 1m36.062s +1.361s
14 Nicholas Latifi CAN Williams Racing 1m36.118s +1.417s
15 Antonio Giovinazzi GBR Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen 1m36.252s +1.551s
16 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Cognizant 1m36.392s +1.691s
17 Fernando Alonso CHI Alpine F1 Team 1m36.490s +1.789s
18 Yuki Tsunoda JPN Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1m36.572s +1.871s
19 Mick Schumacher GER Uralkali Haas F1 Team 1m36.671s +1.970s
20 Nikita Mazepin RUS Uralkali Haas F1 Team 2m03.456s +28.755s