Sun. Nov 28th, 2021

Max Verstappen topped the final practice session for the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, denying Mercedes a clean sweep of fastest practice times.

Verstappen’s 1’14.958 on soft tyres – the fastest lap of the weekend so far – was enough to see him go fastest by almost half a second from Lando Norris in the McLaren.
Lewis Hamilton set the third fastest time for Mercedes, just over half a second adrift from Verstappen’s ultimate pace, with Sergio Perez fourth-fastest in the sister Red Bull.

Having set the pace in both Friday sessions, Valtteri Bottas could only manage the eighth fastest time on the soft tyres, eight tenths off from Verstappen’s benchmark.

Pierre Gasly again demonstrated good pace in the AlphaTauri, going sixth quickest in the session while being the only driver in the top ten to set their best time on the medium compound tyres.

Ferrari had both cars in the top seven, with Charles Leclerc recording the fifth fastest time and teammate Carlos Sainz Jnr just under two tenths slower in seventh,

Aside from Verstappen’s advantage out front, it was another close session with just one second covering Hamilton in third and Nicholas Latifi in 17th.

The session was briefly halted just before the half-hour mark when Latifi ran wide on the exit of the Villeneuve chicane and hit the barriers, damaging his front wing. The Williams driver was able to drive back to the pits for repairs before rejoining the session.

Despite the relaxing of track limits at Acque Minerali overnight, there were a plethora of lap times deleted for track limit infringements, particularly at Piratella. Verstappen, Bottas, Norris and Fernando Alonso were among the many drivers who had times taken off the board for running too wide.

Kimi Raikkonen had a brief excursion through the gravel at the Rivazzas but was able to safely rejoin the circuit and return to the pits. His Alfa Romeo team mate Antonio Giovinazzi had a bizarre spin at the Tamburello Chicane on an outlap, before complaining of excessively cold tyres.

2021 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix third practice result

Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
133Max VerstappenRed-Bull Honda1’14.95818
24Lando NorrisMclaren1’15.4140.45617
344Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’15.5150.55718
411Sergio PerezRed Bull1’15.5510.59318
516Charles LeclercFerrari1’15.7380.78021
610Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1’15.8900.93222
755Carlos SainzFerrari1’15.9080.95021
877Valtteri BottasMercedes1’15.9080.95019
914Fernando AlonsoAlpine1’16.1861.22820
1031Esteban OconAlpine1’16.2281.27020
1122Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri1’16.2301.27220
1218Lance StrollAston Martin1’16.2451.28719
133Daniel RicciardoMclaren1’16.2531.29517
145Sebastian VettelAston Martin1’16.3891.43119
1563George RussellWilliams1’16.4271.46920
1647Mick SchumacherHaas1’16.4481.49022
176Nicholas LatifiWilliams1’16.5371.57915
1899Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1’16.6121.65422
197Kimi RaikkonnenAlfa Romeo1’16.8031.84523
209Nikita MazepinHaas1’17.3982.44023

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