George Russell

Formula 1 News: Russell tops rain-hit final British GP Practice

George Russell turned a lap of 1m37.529s on Intermediate Rain tires before the heavier rain hit to lead final practice for the 2024 British GP at Silverstone.

–by Mark Cipolloni–

Russell was 0.035s faster than his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton with no one running qualifying sims due to the wet track.

McLaren’s Lando Norris, who was fastest in dry practice on Friday, was third fastest, 0.185s behind the similar Mercedes-powered car of Russell and that made it a British driver 1-2-3 to the thrill of the partisan British Crowd.

Carlos Sainz Jr. was 4th for Ferrari, 0.610s behind the leader.

Max Verstappen rounded out the top-5 for Red Bull just ahead of the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc. Verstappen still appears to be sandbagging because when the rain intensity increased he was easily the fastest on the track late in the session.

Charles Leclerc in the Silverstone rain

Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso was one of few drivers to improve in the closing stages to go eighth, edging out the other Red Bull of Sergio Perez, while Nico Hulkenberg kept his heavily-upgraded Haas in the top-10 places in the mixed conditions.

Williams pair Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant sandwiched the other Aston Martin of Lance Stroll in positions P11 to P13, with Yuki Tsunoda, Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Ocon leading the charge for their respective RB, Kick Sauber and Alpine teams.

Kevin Magnussen was next up in 17th, in front of Ricciardo, who is set for that trip to the stewards after the session, as Zhou Guanyu (Kick Sauber) and the sidelined Gasly – who will take an engine penalty this weekend – bringing up the rear.

Daniel Ricciardo will face the stewards following the final free practice session from the Silverstone Circuit on Saturday.

Replays showed the RB driver weaving in the pit lane as he drove towards his pit box during FP3.

The stewards have flagged Ricciardo for a potential breach of Article 33.4 of the sporting regulations.

It states that “at no time may a car be driven unnecessarily slowly, erratically or in a manner which could be deemed potentially dangerous to other drivers or any other person”.

Ricciardo enters the British Grand Prix weekend in strong form, scoring two top 10 results at the last three events.

2024 British GP Practice 3 Results

Pos No. Driver Nat. Team Time Behind Laps
1 63 George Russell GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas 1m37.529s +0.000s 22
2 44 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas 1m37.564s +0.035s 27
3 4 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team 1m37.714s +0.185s 20
4 55 Carlos Sainz Jr. ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1m38.139s +0.610s 22
5 1 Max Verstappen NED Oracle Red Bull Racing 1m38.393s +0.864s 20
6 16 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari 1m38.454s +0.925s 25
7 81 Oscar Piastri AUS McLaren F1 Team 1m38.654s +1.125s 27
8 14 Sergio Perez GBR Oracle Red Bull Racing 1m39.284s +1.411s 20
9 11 Nico Hulkenberg GER MoneyGram Haas F1 Team 1m39.340s +1.755s 17
10 27 Alex Albon THA Williams Racing 1m39.579s +1.811s 15
11 23 Logan Sargeant USA Williams Racing 1m39.603s +2.074s 23
12 18 Yuki Tsunoda JPN Visa Cash App RB F1 Team 1m39.702s +2.171s 22
13 2 Fernando Alonso ESP Aston Martin Aramco 1m39.820s +2.173s 21
14 22 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Aramco 1m39.868s +2.291s 25
15 77 Valtteri Bottas FIN Stake F1 Team Kick Sauber 1m40.242s +2.713s 21
16 31 Esteban Ocon FRA BWT Alpine F1 Team 1m40.430s +2.901s 24
17 20 Kevin Magnussen DEN MoneyGram Haas F1 Team 1m40.539s +3.010s 20
18 3 Daniel Ricciardo AUS Visa Cash App RB F1 Team 1m41.166s +3.294s 27
19 24 Zhou Guanyu CHN Stake F1 Team Kick Sauber 1m41.785s +4.256s 22
20 10 Pierre Gasly FRA BWT Alpine F1 Team No Time Set 2

 

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