Event: Dutch Grand Prix
Track: Zandvoort circuit

Formula 1 race fans are seen during Super Friday 2021, Zandvoort, The Netherlands on September 3, 2021

Weather: dry 16.8°C
Tarmac: dry 26.9°C
Humidity : 69.4%
Wind : 1.0 m/s NW
Pressure: 1019.7 bar

Robert Kubica replaced Kimi Raikkonen this third practice for the Dutch F1 GP. Raikkonen had tested positive with COVID-19 and will not drive again this weekend. The weather is set fair again, with sunny skies and no sign of any rain. The allowed 70.000 spectators also had entered the track again, which gave this 3rd practice a great atmosphere again.

Kubica went out first to check out the track were he last drove on back in 2003. His first lap time was a 1:15,854 min.

After 10 minutes Lewis Hamilton was topping the time sheets with 1:12.010 min on soft tyres. The Mercedes driver was 0.124s quicker than Lando Norris who was second in the McLaren, but clocked that lap time on the slower medium tyres. Max Verstappen didn't drove any laps until then.

With 40 minutes to go Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz was the first to crash into a barrier on the 'new' Zandvoort circuit. The Spanish driver lost the back of the car going into turn 3. A broken front wing and left side of the SF21 was the result. The session was stopped to recover the damaged Ferrari. Hopefully the mechanics can repair the car before qualifying later today.

Again a practice session was shortened, just like both practice sessions of yesterday. 29 minutes were left to practice for qualifying when the track was clear again. Max Verstappen was yet to go out on the track. The Dutchman came out of the garage when the session resumed & posted the fastest time straight away with a 1:11.225 min on medium tyres. He wasn't on P1 for long because Valtteri Bottas was 0.008s faster in the same lap and clocked a 1:11.217 min. On Verstappen's second lap, he pushed out the quickest lap op the weekend, up till then with a 1:10.702, which was 0,515s faster then Bottas' time who was on soft tyres.

Fernando Alonso showed his age doesn't slow him down, as the Spanish driver could even beat Verstappen's time by 0,032s with the blue Alpine.When Verstappen switched to soft tyres the Red Bull driver had a perfect timed lap regarding traffic. He even got a great tow on the main straight by his teammate Sergio Perez and was the first driver this weekend who recorded a lap time below 1:10 min and set the quickest lap time to 1:09.623 min. This lap time was over half a second faster than Bottas who was on P3 and almost 0,8s quicker than his main rival Lewis Hamilton.

FP3 Times Table 2021 Dutch GP

PNoDriverTeamLap Time1st GapLapsTyres
133Max VerstappenRed Bull1:09.62313🔴S (C3)
277Valtteri BottasMercedes1:10.179+0.556s17🔴S (C3)
344Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:10.417+0.794s22🔴S (C3)
411Sergio PérezRed Bull1:10.526+0.903s19🔴S (C3)
514Fernando AlonsoAlpine1:10.670+1.047s16🔴S (C3)
64Lando NorrisMcLaren1:10.781+1.158s18🔴S (C3)
718Lance StrollAston Martin1:10.842+1.219s19🔴S (C3)
85Sebastian VettelAston Martin1:10.872+1.249s20🔴S (C3)
916Charles LeclercFerrari1:10.896+1.273s19🔴S (C3)
1010Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1:11.005+1.382s21🔴S (C3)
113Daniel RicciardoMcLaren1:11.013+1.390s19🔴S (C3)
126Nicholas LatifiWilliams1:11.083+1.460s19🔴S (C3)
1331Esteban OconAlpine1:11.180+1.557s23🔴S (C3)
1463George RussellWilliams1:11.274+1.651s20🔴S (C3)
1599Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1:11.299+1.676s19🟡M (C2)
1655Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari1:11.940+2.317s5🔴S (C3)
1722Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri1:11.980+2.357s29🔴S (C3)
189Nikita MazepinHaas1:12.136+2.513s22🔴S (C3)
1988Robert KubicaAlfa Romeo1:12.162+2.539s27🔴S (C3)
2047Mick SchumacherHaas1:12.366+2.743s19🔴S (C3)

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