Third Free Practice Results 2022 Spanish F1 GP
Weather: dry 31.1°C
Tarmac: dry 45.0°C
Wind: 3.0 m/s SW
Pressure: 1005.9 bar
At the start of the third practice for the 2022 Spanish GP Lando Norris was the first to put a lap time on the timesheets. It took the McLaren driver 1:23.641 min to round the very hot track near Barcelona on medium tyres.
There were already a lot of fans around the circuit during this FP3. A lot of people had brought an umbrella to protect themselves against the scorching sun.
Ferrari had set up a new chassis for Carlos Sainz, because their was a problem with the chassis that the team couldn't solve quickly.
Valtteri Bottas was the second driver that lapped the track in the Alfa Romeo on the soft tyre compound. He was almost two seconds quicker than Norris. At the same time Pierre Gasly had to drive back to his AlphaTauri garage to check out why so much smoke was coming out of the back of the STR03. The French driver seemed to have technical problem and wasn't seen back on the track this FP3 session.
15 minutes into the session Mick Schumacher's rear right brake was on fire on his Haas. When the German driver returned to the pits the flames came out of the back and mechanics needed a lot of fire extinguishers to get it out.
With 18 minutes gone in the session both Ferrari's had also done their first lap times on board. Charles Leclerc had clocked a 1:20.278, which was 0.2s faster than his Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz. At that moment both Mercedes and Red Bull drivers had not gone out the pits yet.
When both Mercedes driver did go out, Lewis Hamilton had an DRS issue and could not open up his rearwing on the straights. George Russell didn't that problem and recorded the third quickest lap time which was 0.851s slower than Leclerc's time who was still on P1.
Halfway this FP3 Max Verstappen got out the Red Bull garage. Verstappen's first lap was 0.2s slower than Leclerc. The Red Bull driver told his team he couldn't push in turn 5.
Ten minutes later both Ferrari drivers had improved half a second and again were the fastest team with Leclerc in front of Sainz again.
With ten minutes to go the leaderboard order was: 1. Leclerc (1:19.772), 2. Verstappen (+0.072), 3. Russell (+0.148), 4. Hamilton (+0.230), 5. Sainz (+0.357), 6. Perez (+0.488), 7. Magnussen (+0.874), 8. Bottas (+1.009), 9.Ocon (+1.110), Vettel (+1.172).
The quickest lap during last years FP3 was a 1:17.835 min, set by Max Verstappen in the Red Bull RB17.
FP3 Times Table 2022 Spanish F1 GP
|2||1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1:19,844||+0,072s||12||S|
|6||11||Sergio Pérez||Red Bull||1:20,260||+0,488s||19||S|
|9||77||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo||1:20,781||+1,009s||24||S|
|12||5||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||1:20,944||+1,172s||24||S|
|14||24||Zhou Guanyu||Alfa Romeo||1:21,201||+1,429s||19||S|
|16||18||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||1:21,520||+1,748s||23||S|
|20||10||Pierre Gasly||AlphaTauri||no time||-||1||-|
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