EL3: Verstappen hits hard in front of Leclerc, Mercedes at its worst
Posted on September 10, 2022 at 2:35 p.m. by Jules Kutos-Bertin updated on September 10, 2022 at 2:38 p.m.
The day after the demonstration by Ferrari and Charles Leclerc, it was Max Verstappen who set the fastest time in this third free practice session. Just behind the Dutchman, the Monegasque was a little less sharp than the day before. Far behind, Mercedes accuses the blow.
And if this weekend was finally that of Ferrari ? On the occasion of Monza Grand Prix, the Scuderia wants to put on a good show in front of its large crowd. Even if, in the standings, nothing will be changed at the end of this race. Max Verstappen is still in the lead with 109 points ahead of Sergio Perez which is equal to Charles Leclerc. Unless disaster strikes, Verstappen is heading straight for a second world championship title, especially given his current form.
Leclerc is confident for this weekend
But this weekend Ferrari will have a say. Charles Leclerc has also hit hard on the first two free practice sessions by setting the best time before being imitated by carlos sainz. ” It was a positive day. Coming from Spa, a circuit requiring little downforce where we suffered a bit, we didn’t expect to be very competitive here, but I have to say that since FP1, the car is in a much better window. The stopwatch does not lie. It was a pleasant surprise. It doesn’t mean we’re the fastest, especially in the long stints, but at least we’re closer than before. We will have to see how these penalties will reshuffle the grid, because there are drivers who will take five positions, others 10 and others 15. Some will start from the back, so we will have to see what the grid and then what we can do », declared Charles Leclerc this Friday in remarks relayed by Nextgen Auto.
Verstappen gets the better of Ferrari
This Saturday, before going into qualifying, the paddock met for the third and final free practice session on this Monza circuit. After the dominance of Charles Leclercit is Max Verstappen who set the best time this Saturday. The pilot Red Bullbetter than the day before, got the better of the Ferrari of Leclerc and sainzas well as on top Sergio Perez, his teammate. Even if there is nothing harmful, Charles Leclerc noticed some problems with his single-seater: “ We have to do something for turn 6, it’s ok in the others but the car does not turn in turn 6 “.
Mercedes in the hard
Behind, mercedes fell from above. george russell took 7th place in this third free practice session, against only 10th for Lewis Hamilton. Additional hard blow: the seven-time world champion will start at the back of the grid this Sunday. After contact with Fernando Alonso in Spa, hamilton had to get a new engine. ” On this power unit we lost water pressure and it cut it out, as you may have heard during the race. The engine is still at HPP and undergoes detailed checks there. We had other issues with other pool items that didn’t put them out of service, but lessened our desire to use them. We are obviously ready to do anything to avoid abandonment because reliability is one of our strengths. », explained andrew Shovlinthe director of on-track engineering.
🏁 END OF FP3 🏁 It’s Max Verstappen who ends the session fastest#ItalianGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/Fr8JjKuydT
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The classification of EL3
1- Max Verstappen (Red Bull): 1:21.252
2- Charles Leclerc (Ferrari): +0.347
3- Sergio Perez (Red Bull): +0.596
4- carlos sainz (Ferrari): +0.645
5- Fernando Alonso (Alpine): +1.054
6- Lando Norris (McLaren): +1.067
7- george russell (mercedes): +1.105
8- Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri): +1.178
9- Esteban Ocon (Alpine): +1.254
10- Lewis Hamilton (mercedes): +1.315
11- Guanyu-Zhou (Alfa Romeo): +1.405
12- Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri): +1.503
13- Nicholas Latifi (williams): +1.524
14- Nyck De Vries (williams): +1.617
15- Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren): +1.619
16- Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo): +1.698
17- Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin): +1.852
18- Kevin Magnussen (Haas): +1.951
19- Mick Schumacher (Haas): +2.140
20- Lance Stroll (Haas): +2.487