Event: French F1 Grand Prix
Track: Paul Ricard Circuit

Third Free Practice Results 2022 French F1 GP

Carlos Sainz driving the F1-75 during practice for the 2022 French F1 Grand Prix

Weather: dry  29.0-29.7°C
Tarmac: dry  50.2-54.6°C
Humidity : 61%
Wind : 2.0 m/s SE
Pressure: 968.5 bar

After 20 minutes Ferrari and Red Bull were running a different program as both Red Bulls were driving on the medium tyres while the Ferrari team was running on the soft and hard tyres. At this moment Max Verstappen had clocked the fastest lap time up till now with a 1:32.808 min. The Red Bull driver was +0.409s quicker on the mediums than Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz was on soft tyres.

Both Ferraris driver had some trouble to keep the F1-75 on the tarmac and ran wide a couple of time. Charles Leclerc even spun the Ferrari on at the beginning of his long run on a set of hard tyres.

Halfway the session the top 10 order according their fastest lap time was: 1. Verstappen (1:32.808 min | M), 2. Sainz (+0.409s | S), 3. Pérez (+0.497s | M), 4. Gasly (1.061s | S), 5. Bottas (+1.191s | S), 6. Alonso (+1.205s | M), 7. Magnussen (+1.223s | S), 8. Norris (+1.318s | S), 9. Hamilton (+1.391s | S) and 10. Zhou (+1.412s | S). Until then not  driver had done their qualifying simulation on a set of soft compound tyres.

With 10 minutes to go Verstappen and Pérez had setup the cars for their qualifying runs and got out on a set of soft tyres for the first time. Sainz had just improved his time to 1:32.626 and was quickest now.

Verstappen's first outing on the softs was right away 0.354s faster than Sainz's lap time. The Dutchman the Paul Ricard track in 1:32.272 min. Which is was the fastest lap of the weekend so far and 0.5s faster than the lap record that has been driven in 2019. Pérez could not match the lap time of his teammate and was over one second slower on P5.

Lewis Hamilton also improved his lap time to end up on P4 with the Mercedes W13 which again had a couple of updates this weekend to try and close the gap to Red Bull and Ferrari.

1:31.300 min was the fastest lap time of last year's FP3 in France. This lap time was clocked by Max Verstappen with the Red Bull.

FP3 Times Table 2022 French GP

P No Driver Team Time 1st Gap Laps Tyres
1 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:32,272 23 🔴S
2 55 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:32,626 +0,354s 14 🔴S
3 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:32,909 +0,637s 20 🔴S
4 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:33,255 +0,983s 22 🔴S
5 11 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1:33,293 +1,021s 25 🔴S
6 63 George Russell Mercedes 1:33,376 +1,104s 18 🔴S
7 14 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:33,505 +1,233s 18 🔴S
8 23 Alex Albon Williams 1:33,558 +1,286s 19 🔴S
9 4 Lando Norris McLaren 1:33,669 +1,397s 16 🔴S
10 22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:33,751 +1,479s 19 🔴S
11 3 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1:33,788 +1,516s 17 🔴S
12 6 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:33,894 +1,622s 16 🔴S
13 10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:33,869 +1,597s 18 🔴S
14 77 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1:33,872 +1,600s 20 🔴S
15 24 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 1:33,911 +1,639s 19 🔴S
16 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:34,031 +1,759s 23 🔴S
17 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:34,122 +1,850s 18 🔴S
18 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:34,177 +1,905s 20 🔴S
19 47 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:34,222 +1,950s 12 🔴S
20 5 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:34,536 +2,264s 11 🟡M

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