#55 Carlos Sainz, (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari during the Italian GP, Monza 31 August-3 September 2023 Formula 1 World championship 2023.

F1: Sainz and Verstappen break Monza record in FP3

Carlos Sainz Jr. and Max Verstappen both unofficially broke the 19-year-old Monza F1 record in FP3 for the Italian GP.

–by Mark Cipolloni–

Sainz Jr. turned the fastest lap of 1m20.912s in final practice in his #55 Ferrari to nip Max Verstappen’s Red Bull Honda by 0.086s, both breaking the 19-year-old lap record set in 2004 by Rubens Barrichello.

Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB19 on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo Nazionale Monza on September 01, 2023 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool
Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB19 on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo Nazionale Monza on September 01, 2023 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Both were well clear of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes in 3rd, 0.541s behind.

Charles Leclerc was once again overshadowed by his Ferrari teammate and can do better than 4th in his #16 Ferrari, 0.574s behind.

Fernando Alonso rounded out the top-5 for Aston Martin.

The session ran incident free except for a few minor offs and missed chicanes.

Can Ferrari challenge for pole here? It certainly looks likely, especially with Sainz looking on such top form.  Sainz received a black and white flag for blocking Oscar Piastri late in the session.

Sainz was off the racing line on a cool down lap, Piastri thought he had the racing line and took it, only for the Ferrari to move across and pincer him. They did have a small touch, and neither driver seemed too impressed.

Ferrari from Red Bull and Mercedes. Aston Martin up there, McLaren not going for it in FP3, Haas suddenly looking good, Williams not to be discounted.

Qualifying, with all that traffic chaos, could be an absolutely chaotic session.

2023 Italian GP Practice 3 Results

POS NO DRIVER CAR TIME GAP LAPS
1 55 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:20.912  +0.000s 22
2 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda 1:20.998 +0.086s 23
3 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:21.453 +0.541s 22
4 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:21.486 +0.574s 22
5 14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes 1:21.711 +0.799s 24
6 63 George Russell Mercedes 1:21.730 +0.818s 24
7 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:21.884 +0.972s 21
8 27 Nico Hulkenberg Haas Ferrari 1:21.985 +1.073s 27
9 23 Alexander Albon Williams Mercedes 1:22.054 +1.142s 17
10 11 Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing Honda 1:22.192 +1.280s 16
11 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes 1:22.245 +1.333s 31
12 40 Liam Lawson AlphaTauri Honda 1:22.296 +1.384s 28
13 22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri Honda 1:22.297 +1.385s 27
14 81 Oscar Piastri Mclaren Mercedes 1:22.302 +1.390s 17
15 2 Logan Sargeant Williams Mercedes 1:22.380 +1.468s 22
16 77 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo Ferrari 1:22.511 +1.599s 29
17 4 Lando Norris Mclaren Mercedes 1:22.515 +1.603s 23
18 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault 1:22.739 +1.827s 19
19 24 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo Ferrari 1:22.742 +1.830s 29
20 10 Pierre Gasly Alpine Renault 1:22.852 +1.940s 21
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