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BARCELONA, SPAIN - JUNE 22: Carlos Sainz, Ferrari SF-24 during practice at the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on June 22, 2024 in Barcelona, Spain.

Spanish Grand Prix: F1 Free Practice 3 Results

After Mercedes looking quick yesterday, who will end the final practice session on top ahead of qualifying?

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Carlos Sainz pips Lando Norris in the final practice session, as the top four are all within a tenth of each other in the final practice session of the Spanish Grand Prix.

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Hamilton was the only driver to go out straight away (Image Credit: @F1 on X)

FP1 and FP2 had narrow gaps at the sharp end of the grid. The first practice session resulted in Lando Norris pipping Max Verstappen at the top by 0.024 seconds. The following session saw Lewis Hamilton narrowly go faster than Carlos Sainz by 0.022 seconds to end the day on top.

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Hamilton was the first driver to go out on track as soon as the lights went green. The seven-time world champion opted to start his FP3 session on the soft compound tyre. The Mercedes driver set a 1:14.178 – the first time of the day.

Five minutes later, reigning world champion Max Verstappen ventured out of the pitlane. The three-time world champion went out on track on the medium compound tyre. The Dutchman went only over half-a-tenth slower than Hamilton’s times at the top, setting a 1:14.237.

Hamilton then set an even quicker time 10 minutes into the session. The 39-year-old went into the 1:13’s, setting a 1:13.865. However, his teammate George Russell went quicker, setting a 1:13.431 on the same compound of tyre.

Sainz went only over a tenth slower than Russell, going quickest in sector one, whilst his teammate Charles Leclerc slotted just behind the Spaniard in third, gonig a further half-a-tenth slower.

Oscar Piastri, McLaren, Spanish Grand Prix, F1
Piastri struggled throughout the session (Image Credit: @F1 on X)
Drivers struggling with knee pain

Aston Martin driver Lance Stroll went on the radio to ask his team for more knee padding. The Canadian was struggling with knee pain, whils out on track. However, the Aston Martin driver wasn’t the only driver to go on radio, regarding the issue. Russell also asked for more knee padding. Sky’s Karun Chandhok suggested that it might be Turn Three causing the issue.

Meanwhile, McLaren driver Lando Norris jumped up to second place on his first run on the medium compound, going just over a tenth slower than Russell’s time at the top. His teammate Oscar Piastri struggled to get his laptime in, making mistakes in sector one. The Australian only went up to seventh, despite setting the quickest middle sector. Drivers have been complaining of the wind unsettling their cars.

With a quarter of the session left, Norris went quickest, setting a 1:13.043 on the soft compound tyre. The Briton went just under four tenths quicker than Russell’s initial time at the top. Hamilton jumped up to second, only over three tenths behind Norris, despite setting the quickest middle sector. His teammate Russell went quicker than Hamilton, but it wasn’t enough to displace Norris at the top. The Mercedes driver went just over a tenth slower than Norris.

Meanwhile contact occurred between Hamilton and Stroll at Turn Five, with Hamilton apologising for not seeing the Canadian. The incident had been noted by the FIA.

Sainz then went to the top of the timesheets. The Spaniard went three hundereths quicker than Norris, setting a 1:13.013. Verstappen could not beat Sainz’s time, slotting in third. Sainz’s teammate Charles Leclerc went purple in sectors one and two. However, the Monegasque lost time in the last sector, going third.

Drivers tried to go for another flying lap. However, road rage occurred between Charles leclerc and Lando Norris, making contact with each opther. The Monegasque moved over to the Briton and made contact.

Sainz ended the session quickest. However, the Spaniard certainly has company – the top four are all within a tenth of each other. It is promising to be an exciting qualifying session later on today.

Results
  1. Carlos Sainz
  2. Lando Norris
  3. Charles leclerc
  4. Max Verstappen
  5. George Russell
  6. Lewis Hamilton
  7. Sergio Perez
  8. Alex Albon
  9. Fernando Alonso
  10. Oscar Piastri
  11. Esteban Ocon
  12. Pierre Gasly
  13. Nico Hulkenberg
  14. Valtteri Bottas
  15. Kevin Magnussen
  16. Daniel Ricciardo
  17. Lance Stroll
  18. Yuki Tsunoda
  19. Zhou Guanyu
  20. Logan Sargeant

Feature Image Credit: Sam Bloxham/LAT Images

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