Sergio Perez plans to qualify for the Belgian Grand Prix.
Perez’s final flying lap saw him set the fastest time overall, just ten tenths ahead of his teammate. Carlos Sainz Jr was third fastest for Ferrari with Charles Leclerc seventh after a slight spin at Fagnes.
A blanket of cloud hung over the Spa circuit as the cars headed out to begin the final practice session of the weekend. Forecasts indicated a 30% chance of rain during the session, but the track was dry.
Both Red Bulls and both Mercedes took to the track on the soft tires used to run high fuel runs, allowing the two Alfa Romeos of Zhu Guanyu and Valtteri Bottas to set first pace on the new softs ahead of the Aston Martins of Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel. Vettel
It took half an hour before the Ferrari took to the track for the first time. Riding on the new softer tyres, Sainz immediately jumped to the top of the time with a 1’46.461 and Leclerc was quickly second after his first effort. Alexander Alban took advantage of Williams’ superior pace to split the Ferraris into second place, before Perez used a new set of softs to lower the fastest overall time to 1’45.972, half a second faster than Sainz.
Verstappen’s first full push lap was marred by a ‘phantom’ yellow flag at the chicane, but his second effort on the five-lap old soft was comfortably quick, setting the time leader at 1’45.480 – half a second faster than the team. Mate and a full second quicker than the Ferraris. Lando Norris jumped into third place on the new softer tyres, just seven thousandths of a second behind Phares.
Leclerc tried to improve with another flying lap, but lost control of the car at the entrance to the Fagnes chicane and spun backwards into the tire barrier. The contact with the wall was gentle enough to allow him to get out of the gravel and back onto the track, but the rear of the car was damaged.
The session was red-flagged, although the Ferrari was able to drive out of the gravel unaided. After a short delay, the session continued for a few more minutes. Perez led another new set of soft tires and set a 1’45.047, tenth fastest of his teammate.
The checkered flag fell to follow the session, allowing Perez to quickly move ahead of his teammate. Sainz finished the session third-fastest, seven-tenths of a second behind Perez, with Norris in fourth.
Fernando Alonso was fifth fastest for Alpine, while George Russell was sixth for Mercedes. Leclerc finished the session seventh with Sebastian Vettel, Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly completing the top 10.
2022 Belgian Grand Prix third practice results
Integrated training sessions
PositionNumberDriverTeamFP1 timeFP2 timeFP3 timeGapLaps111Sergio PerezRed Bull1’48.4741’47.3461’45.0474721Max VerstappenRed Bull1’46.7551’45.5071’45.1840.13749355Carlos Sainz JnrFerrari1’46.5381’46.6491’45.8240.7774944Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1’49.4701’46.5891’45.9650.91851514Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault1’49.6641′ 46.9751’46.0611.01451663George RussellMercedes1’47.3961’47.0421’46.0711.02454716Charles LeclercFerrari1’46.6071’46.3691’46.1201.0734985Sebastian VettelAston Martin-Mercedes1’49.8131’47.8671’46.1661.11949931Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1’50.3151’47.9441’46.6011.554501010Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Red Bull1 ‘47.7821’46.6041.557381118Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1’47.4371’46.6351’46.9751.58845123Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes1’48.0811’47.2551’46.6461.599501344Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’48.4201’46.8931’46.7691.72248146Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes1’48.4851’48.6121’46.8111.764471523Alexander AlbonWilliams -Mercedes1’47.8351’47.5201’46.8361.789501677Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo-Ferrar iNo time1’48.4191’46.8811.834431720Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1’50.9821’48.2081’46.9821.935411822Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Red Bull1’48.3101’47.6581’47.0351.988551924Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’48.6721’47.6171’47.0892.042552047Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari1’51.2591’49.9411 ‘52.4944.894432140Liam Lawson Alfatauri-Red Bull1’52.0657.01814
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