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Formula 1 News: Sainz Jr. tops final practice for 2024 Spanish GP

Much to the cheers of the Spanish fans, Carlos Sainz Jr. turned a lap of 1m13.013s to top Practice 3 for the 2024 Spanish GP at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

–by Mark Cipolloni–

In the incident-free session, Sainz pushed his #55 Ferrari to the top time on Pirelli soft tires, 0.030s faster than the McLaren of Lando Norris, 0.037s faster than the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc and 0.074s faster than the Red Bull of Max Verstappen.

The top-4 are very close and George Russell in the #63 Mercedes is not far back in 5th, 0.151s behind.

Fastest in FP2, Lewis Hamilton was 6th, 0.346s behind Sainz and ahead of Sergio Perez in 7th who was 0.710s slower than Sainz Jr.

Sainz finished on top there, 0.030s ahead of Norris and 0.037s ahead of Leclerc with Verstappen in fourth. But Norris didn’t get the best out of his lap, running on slightly older tires – and thus seems very well-placed heading into qualifying.

Leclerc and Norris made slight contact late in the session and they have been called to see the Stewards.  Verstappen also impeded Sainz Late, but not on purpose.

Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes and Red Bull all look into the mix, with a potential seven-way battle, the only driver not quite in the mix at the moment being Perez.

It is certainly all to play for in qualifying coming up at 10:00AM ET.

2024 Spanish GP Practice 3 Results

Pos Driver Nat. Team Time
1 Carlos Sainz ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1m13.013s
2 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team 1m13.043s
3 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari 1m13.050s
4 Max Verstappen NED Oracle Red Bull Racing 1m13.087s
5 George Russell GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1m13.164s
6 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1m13.359s
7 Sergio Perez MEX Oracle Red Bull Racing 1m13.723s
8 Alex Albon THA Williams Racing 1m13.753s
9 Fernando Alonso ESP Aston Martin Aramco F1 Team 1m13.786s
10 Oscar Piastri AUS McLaren F1 Team 1m13.907s
11 Esteban Ocon FRA BWT Alpine F1 Team 1m13.950s
12 Pierre Gasly FRA BWT Alpine F1 Team 1m13.964s
13 Nico Hulkenberg GER MoneyGram Haas F1 Team 1m13.975s
14 Valtteri Bottas FIN Stake F1 Team Kick Sauber 1m14.024s
15 Kevin Magnussen DEN MoneyGram Haas F1 Team 1m14.074s
16 Daniel Ricciardo AUS Visa Cash App RB F1 Team 1m14.161s
17 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Aramco F1 Team 1m14.254s
18 Yuki Tsunoda JPN Visa Cash App RB F1 Team 1m14.420s
19 Zhou Guanyu CHN Stake F1 Team Kick Sauber 1m14.572s
20 Logan Sargeant USA Williams Racing 1m14.729s
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