Red Bull F1’s Max Verstappen is fastest at Suzuka, 0.294 seconds behind Ferrari/F1 Japan GP 3rd free run[]

Red Bull F1's Max Verstappen is fastest at dry Suzuka 0.294 seconds behind Ferrari/F1 Japan GP 3rd free practice

The third free practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix of Round 18 of the 2022 F1 World Championship was held at Suzuka Circuit on Saturday October 8 and Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing) set the fastest time then that the road surface was improving.

A complete change from the first day which took place in wet conditions. Saturday’s Suzuka Circuit turned to sunny skies and mild temperatures, leaving the Saishu practice track as dry as the drivers had wished for FP3, but with gusty winds raging on the track.

Drivers and teams are trying to gather as much data as possible, and a series of short and long runs were completed during the 60-minute session using a mix of soft, medium and hard Pirelli.

In the end, all teams attacked on soft tyres, with Max Verstappen taking the lead towards the end with a time of 1:30.671. Carlos Sainz Jr. was 0.294 seconds behind, followed by Charles Leclerc and Scuderia Ferrari at 0.015 seconds.

Fernando Alonso (Alpine F1 Team) finished fourth in an impressive qualifying simulation, just ten tenths behind Singapore Grand Prix winner Sergio Perez in another Red Bull Racing car.

George Russell led the Mercedes F1 to sixth place, half a second ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton, but “nearly collided” with the slow Pierre Gasly on the hairpin at Turn 11. I felt terrified .

McLaren’s Lando Norris finished eighth ahead of Esteban Ocon (Alpine). The battle for 4th place in the constructors’ standings, which is only four points behind, does not seem to be running out of steam. Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll completes the top ten.

As he did on Friday in the wet, Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) left the track at the last chicane en route to 11th place. The best machines from each team of Alex Albon (Williams) and Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) followed.

Sebastian Vettel finished 14th in his second Aston Martin, Haas F1 Team’s Kevin Magnussen fell from 5th in FP2 to 15th in the dry, and teammate Mick Schumacher lost to a chassis change following a accident in FP1.

In his first Grand Prix weekend at home, Yuki Tsunoda continued his quiet run in Scuderia AlphaTauri, ahead of Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo) and Nicolas Latifi (Williams). His teammate Pierre Gasly sinks into the bottom of the time sheets, 2.2 seconds behind the leader.

2022 F1 Japanese Grand Prix 3rd free practice results / times

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