F1: Verstappen tops rain-hit Practice 3 in Barcelona

–by Mark Cipolloni–

All the drivers only got 1 fast lap in for Practice 3 in Barcelona for the Spanish GP before off and on rain hit the track and drivers never got a chance to finish their qualifying simulation runs.

Red Bull Honda driver Max Verstappen turned the fastest time at 1m13.664s to top his teammate Sergio Perez by 0.250s before the rain came down.

Lewis Hamilton was 3rd quick, 0.408s behind in his Mercedes ahead of the #55 Ferrari of Carlos Sainz Jr.

Fernando Alonso rounded out the top-5 for Aston Martin, 0.600s back.

George Russell in the #63 Mercedes and Charles Leclerc in the #16 Ferrari were 6th and 7th, 0.614s and 0.689s behind respectively.

Logan Sargeant’s horrible start to his Formula 1 career has continued with a crash in final practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.

The American lost control of his Williams when hitting the curb on the inside of the final corner, skidding across the gravel and into the tire wall lining the circuit.

His car suffered damage to the left-hand side and triggered red flags 10 minutes into the session.

Because of the rain, we really do not know the pecking order for pole later. Will it be dry or will it be a wet session?

What we do know is that Verstappen was fastest in the wet and the dry on Intermediates.

The track was never completely soaked during the session and the track was mostly dry at the end of the session.  Dry enough for some drivers to switch to the soft tires for a few laps, but times never came close to what they were at the start of the session.

Williams now face a race against time to repair the damage sustained in Sargeant’s crash before the start of qualifying.

Practice 3 Results


1 Max Verstappen NED Oracle Red Bull Racing 1m13.664s +0.000s 13
2 Sergio Perez MEX Oracle Bull Bull Racing 1m13.914s +0.250s 13
4 Carlos Sainz ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1m14.072s +0.408s 9
5 Fernando Alonso ESP Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant 1m14.240s +0.576s 19
6 George Russell GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1m14.264s +0.600s 13
7 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari 1m14.278s +0.614s 15
8 Valtteri Bottas FIN Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake 1m14.353s +0.689s 17
9 Yuki Tsunoda JPN Scuderia AlphaTauri 1m14.360s +0.696s 14
10 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1m14.659s +0.995s 15
10 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team 1m14.681s +1.017s 19
11 Zhou Guanyu CHN Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake 1m14.681s +1.017s 14
12 Nyck de Vries NED Scuderia AlphaTauri 1m14.693s +1.029s 17
13 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant 1m14.756s +1.092s 14
14 Nico Hulkenberg GER MoneyGram Haas F1 Team 1m14.988s +1.324s 11
15 Oscar Piastri AUS McLaren F1 Team 1m15.105s +1.441s 16
16 Esteban Ocon FRA BWT Alpine F1 Team 1m15.266s +1.602s 14
17 Kevin Magnussen DEN MoneyGram Haas F1 Team 1m15.534s +1.870s 11
18 Pierre Gasly FRA BWT Alpine F1 Team 1m15.841s +2.177s 13
19 Alex Albon THA Williams Racing 1m15.851s +2.187s 13
20 Logan Sargeant USA Williams Racing 1m16.529s +2.865s 5


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