Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB19 on track during final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of The Netherlands at Circuit Zandvoort on August 26, 2023 in Zandvoort, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1: Verstappen tops treacherous final Dutch GP practice

World Driving Champion Max Verstappen was in a class of his own on a very wet Zandvoort track to top final Dutch GP practice.

–by Mark Cipolloni–

Verstappen’s lap of 1m21.631s was 0.379s up on the Mercedes of George Russell in the session hit by three red flags. The first was for Magnussen who crashed at Turn 3, Zhou beached himself in the gravel and the final one was for a spinning Lawson, who did manage to make it back to the pits under his own steam.

Verstappen was going even faster, but he locked up and aborted the lap.

The track was so slippery, Charles Leclerc spun his #16 Ferrari three times in Turn 1.

Sergio Perez was third in the 2nd Red Bull, 1-second behind his teammate Verstappen.

Fernando Alonso was 4th for Aston Martin, 1.003s behind while Lewis Hamilton rounded out the top-5 in the 2nd Mercedes, 1.092s behind.

Ahead of qualifying, Verstappen looked confident – although it wasn’t an immaculate session, with two big offs for the Dutchman. But then again, he wasn’t the only one struggling for grip, with the list of who didn’t have a moment far shorter than the list of who did.

Ferrari is one team who is in bad shape – both their drivers were struggling to slow down into Turn 1, and just seemed to lack grip on both the wet and the intermediate tires.

Alpine also couldn’t get either car into the top 10.

2023 Dutch GP Practice 3 Practice

1 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda 1:21.631 +0.000s 17
2 63 George Russell Mercedes 1:22.010 +0.379s 17
3 11 Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing Honda 1:22.631 +1.000s 17
4 14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes 1:22.634 +1.003s 13
5 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:22.723 +1.092s 17
6 23 Alexander Albon Williams Mercedes 1:22.750 +1.119s 18
7 81 Oscar Piastri Mclaren Mercedes 1:22.892 +1.261s 19
8 77 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo Ferrari 1:22.965 +1.334s 24
9 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:23.093 +1.462s 12
10 4 Lando Norris Mclaren Mercedes 1:23.158 +1.527s 23
11 10 Pierre Gasly Alpine Renault 1:23.210 +1.579s 14
12 55 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:23.438 +1.807s 16
13 22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri Honda 1:23.544 +1.913s 17
14 2 Logan Sargeant Williams Mercedes 1:23.570 +1.939s 19
15 27 Nico Hulkenberg Haas Ferrari 1:23.640 +2.009s 19
16 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault 1:23.806 +2.175s 11
17 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes 1:24.058 +2.427s 14
18 40 Liam Lawson AlphaTauri Honda 1:26.343 +4.712s 25
19 24 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo Ferrari 1:28.482 +6.851s 9
20 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari No Time No Time 1
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