The third and final free practice session of the Australian Grand Prix took place in Melbourne, on the Albert Park circuit. The drivers and teams were able to prepare for the qualifiers, which will take place at 8am, French time, and the race tomorrow.
The FIA has indicated the deletion of the fourth DRS zone, which had been added to the brand new fast section along Lake Albert Park. The configuration of the activation zones is therefore the same as before.
Lando Norris set a first record in 1’21 “247 with soft tires. He was quickly beaten by Max Verstappen, who averaged 1’21” 178 in medium tires. The Dutchman was quickly beaten by his Red Bull teammate Sergio Pérez in the 1’21 “024 in the middle.
Charles Leclerc placed his Ferrari at the top of the hierarchy with a time of 1’20 “689 in soft tires. The Scuderia were the most impressive team yesterday, but Red Bull seemed to return to the top level this Saturday morning.
George Russell took only the fifth time in soft tires, while Pérez regained control in 1’20 “436. Valtteri Bottas then positioned himself ahead of Leclerc in soft tires in 1’20” 517.
Carlos Sainz then set the fastest time in 1’20 “390, and Daniel Ricciardo seemed to understand his McLaren better by failing the Spanish’s nine thousandths. Fernando Alonso got everyone to agree and agreed placed at the top of the 1’20 “119 timesheet.
Confirming the difficulty of keeping his Mercedes W13 on track, Lewis Hamilton went through the gravel bins by touching the tire barrier very lightly. Shortly afterwards, Sebastian Vettel lost control of his Aston Martin at the exit of turn 10 and hit the TecPro barrier.
The front wing and left front half-train of the German AMR22 were destroyed and Vettel, who did not drive in EL2 after his EL1 engine crash, saw his free practice finish after about twenty laps. traversed in everything and for everything. The red flag was waved.
After more than ten minutes of interruption, the session resumed with 29 minutes on the clock. Many pilots were waiting to leave the stands when the light went green.
Bottas scored the fourth time but missed his last area, after beating the first two. Norris took third place, but it was mainly Alonso who improved his best time in 1’19 “906, while Leclerc had returned to a thousandth of a second from the Spanish driver.
Verstappen seemed wary of his head-to-tail, explaining that he could not “feel the balance” of the RB18 at the moment. Perez put the other Red Bull at the top of the hierarchy in 1’19 “720.
But Alonso didn’t give up and immediately regained control in 1’19 “660. Russell was improving his time after a small lap on the previous lap, but the Mercedes F1 driver was far from the best in 11th place.
Leclerc took second place at 43 thousandths of Alonso, and Pérez took the best time in 1’19 “458. The track improved, and Verstappen placed fourth in 1’19” 809. , the only one with medium tires.
Hamilton took eighth place with the absolute best time in the first sector. The Mercedes W13 seemed to suffer in the fast-paced areas, still plagued by a hard-to-control porpoise.
Russell finally managed a smooth lap and finished fifth, while Sainz took the lead in 1’19 “419. Pierre Gasly, discreet since the start of the weekend, was 13th just behind Esteban Ocon.
Ten minutes from the end of the session, the McLaren drivers were advancing in the hierarchy. Ricciardo took the fourth time, before Norris clocked an impressive 1’19 “117 on a rapidly evolving track. The Woking team seemed to be doing their best with their MCL36.
Verstappen finally put on the soft tires but aborted his first quick lap, and Alonso advanced through the ranks to 0 “158 of Norris’ fastest time. forces present on this Australian GP.
Verstappen aborted his second fast lap in tenderness from the first corner, after an error caused by oversteer. For his part, Sainz made a mistake on turn 10 of the Albert Park route.
The session took a catastrophic turn for Aston Martin F1 with an accident for Lance Stroll, who was about to hit the wall and also ripped off the front right suspension of his AMR22.
So Norris finished those EL3s ahead of Leclerc, who improved five minutes from the end of the session. Pérez is third ahead of Alonso, Sainz, Ricciardo and Verstappen, who therefore did not make a fast lap on soft tires.
Hamilton is eighth ahead of Bottas, Yuki Tsunoda and Russell. Gasly and Ocon follow in front of Mick Schumacher and Guanyu Zhou. Alex Albon is 16th ahead of Kevin Magnussen and Nicholas Latifi, 18th less than two seconds behind Norris. Stroll is 19th ahead of Vettel, a terrible situation for Aston Martin.
|01||Lando Norris||McLaren Mercedes MCL36||1: 19.117||12|
|02||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari F1-75||1: 19.249||15|
|03||Sergio Perez||Red Bull RBPT RB18||1: 19.265||17|
|04||Fernando Alonso||Alpine Renault A522||1: 19.275||15|
|05||Carlos Sainz||Ferrari F1-75||1: 19.419||17|
|06||Daniel Ricciardo||McLaren Mercedes MCL36||1: 19.693||14|
|07||Max Verstappen||Red Bull RBPT RB18||1: 19.809||16|
|08||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes W13||1: 19.896||13|
|09||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo Ferrari C42||1: 20.008||17|
|10||Yuki Tsunoda||AlphaTauri RBPT AT03||1: 20.074||12|
|11||George Russell||Mercedes W13||1: 20.096||16|
|12||Pierre Gasly||AlphaTauri RBPT AT03||1: 20.133||14|
|13||Esteban Ocon||Alpine Renault A522||1: 20.205||14|
|14||Mick Schumacher||Haas Ferrari VF-22||1: 20.692||17|
|15||Guanyu Zhou||Alfa Romeo Ferrari C42||1: 20.836||16|
|16||Alex Albon||Williams Mercedes FW44||1: 20.958||16|
|17||Kevin Magnussen||Haas Ferrari VF-22||1: 21.025||14|
|18||Nicholas Latifi||Williams Mercedes FW44||1: 21.050||14|
|19||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin Mercedes AMR22||1: 21.636||11|
|20||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin Mercedes AMR22||-: —.—||5|