2022 Dutch Grand Prix FP3 report and highlights: Leclerc leads Russell and Verstappen in close-cut final session at Zandvoort

Charles Leclerc sets the fastest time in final practice at the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix, George Russell is just 0.066 seconds behind the Ferrari driver in Mercedes in P2, and Max Verstappen It leaves the third place for Red Bull Racing.

Leclerc’s car was blocked by Ferrari engineers as they worked on the car midway through the meeting. The team said “no problem”, and despite the many mechanics, Leclerc eventually finished first overall with 1m 11.632s with 14 minutes remaining.

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Russell finished second for Mercedes by 0.066 seconds, while Verstappen, who maintained his early soft benchmark, was third. The Dutchman did appear much later than the others in his second soft tyre race and was 0.161s behind Leclerc.

Carlos Sainz finished fourth, just over a tenth behind Verstappen, while Lewis Hamilton finished fifth – more than Sergio Sergio Perez was half a second behind. The Mexican driver first appeared to test a new setup, which he said was “much worse”, as Red Bull has won one or two in FP1 after Mercedes and Ferrari in FP2. Scrambled to rebut.

1


Charles
Leclerc
LEC
Ferrari

1:11.632

2


George
Russell
Russia
Mercedes

+0.066 seconds

3


maximum
Verstappen
Version
Red Bull Racing

+0.161 seconds

4


Carlos
Sainz
Sai
Ferrari

+0.339 seconds

5


Lewis
Hamilton
Ham
Mercedes

+0.524 seconds

Alpine’s Fernando Alonso finished seventh ahead of Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel while Mick Schumacher picked up pace in Section 2 and Haas finished ninth Name, Lando Norris dropped to P10 for McLaren.

Kevin Magnussen was 500 percent behind his teammates in P11 for Haas, while Lance Stroll was less than three tenths behind Vettel in P12.

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Alex Albon scores P13 for Williams, ahead of Alpine’s Esteban Ocon and AlphaTauri combination – Pierre Gasly 15th and Yuki Tsunoda 16th.

Behind Ricciardo is Alfa Romeo, both struggling in FP3. Valtteri Bottas ran late on the soft tyres and he finished 18th ahead of teammate Zhou Guanyu. Nicholas Latifi ended the session at P20.

Qualifying took place at 1500 local time with Ferrari holding the card. But can Verstappen secure a second consecutive pole position at home?

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