Verstappen leads Ferrari duo in last French Grand Prix practice | Formula 1®

Max Verstappen set the fastest FP3 lap in France with a late streak of soft tyres, keeping Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc at bay.

Verstappen held first place for most of the session thanks to his early average benchmark of 1m 32.808s. While the Dutchman was out a few minutes later on FP3, Leclerc and Sainz were out after 15 minutes, Leclerc was out on solid tires for eight laps (Turn 12 cycle shortened his ride) while Sainz was out on a lap on soft.

Neither of them could match Verstappen or lose until grip and temperatures escalated at the end of FP3, when Sainz climbed into the lead by 1m 32.626s. However, at the time, Verstappen opted to switch from medium to soft materials, and was back on top with a solid 1m 32.272sec.

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Championship leader Sainz – scheduled to start Sunday’s race at the back of the grid due to power unit changes – relegated to second place (0.354sec), while Leclerc was off by 0.637sec in P3 – complaining his tires were falling after One trip effort.

Lewis Hamilton had a P4 in FP3, a Mercedes driver who runs a different rear wing than his teammate. The soft-tire races saw Hamilton finish 0.983 seconds off Verstappen’s pace, while Sergio Perez was trailing in fifth after executing the same medium-smooth sprint scheme as the other Red Bull champ.


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George Russell finished sixth, just eight hundred more than teammate Hamilton, while Alpine’s Fernando Alonso swapped from medium to low very late in the session to jump to seventh.

Behind Alonso was Williams’ Alex Albon, who was eighth on the recently promoted Williams team – while his teammate Nicholas Latifi got a level 12 in this session as he also enjoyed Williams’ new updates.

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Between Williams, McLaren’s Lando Norris was ninth, Alpha Torri’s Yuki Tsunoda tenth and Daniel Ricciardo in P11.

Pierre Gasly finished 13th on this course for AlphaTauri ahead of Alfa Romeo and Valtteri Bottas 14 and Zhou Guanyu 15.

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Kevin Magnussen will start at the back of the grid with Sainz in the Grand Prix having also taken on new Ferrari engine components, and finished 16th for Haas after finishing the session with an 11-lap job on the medium tyres.

Esteban Ocon was next on the board in P17 for Alpine after a few steady stints on media and a late run on soft hardware.

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Mick Schumacher was 19th, booked by Aston Martins – Lance Stroll 18 and Sebastian Vettel 20, as the four-time champion missed the latter half of FP3 due to floor damage.

With qualifying coming up, Red Bull has shown a shift in pace and may have given Ferrari something to worry about in France. Join us at 1600 local time for live coverage.

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