Sergio Perez sets the fastest time in a pre-qualifier practice in Austin. Perez is faster than Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen. Many drivers are given the fastest time due to exceeding track limits. Lewis Hamilton is sixth because he went too far. Verstappen also maxed out during the fast lap that robbed him of it.
The third free US Grand Prix practice session provides all drivers and teams with an opportunity to better prepare the cars. The top 20 drivers in the world will prepare this training to qualify for the US Grand Prix to be held tonight at 11:00 PM Dutch time. Update this page regularly to stay informed of the latest developments on the track.
Sunshine, high temperature asphalt
The Formula 1 US Grand Prix is the 17th weekend race of the steep 2021 season so far, Max Verstappen leads the World Cup while Mercedes has the best cards in the constructors’ championship at the moment. The session will begin in weather conditions similar to Friday. The air temperature increases above 28 ° C, while the asphalt temperature at the start of training is about 34 ° C. The sixth corner has been expanded on its own by the drivers from what the FIA will bear. In addition to Turn 9 and Turn 19, there are now turn 6 track boundaries.
Alonso wants to catch up at the right time
Sebastian Vettel leads the fixing cycle, and Fernando Alonso immediately takes the opportunity to do a few laps. The Spaniard missed half of his first training session on Friday morning after being forced to park his car along the track as a precaution.
Sergio Perez in the cup seriously
After fifteen minutes of practice, Lewis Hamilton led the first lap time with the soft Benelli, and Hamilton scored a lap time of 1:35.814 on the first time. Shortly thereafter Sergio Perez also tested the soft compound and dived under Hamilton’s time, Bottas in turn showing that Perez’s time could be a little faster, after which Hamilton eats again some time and pulls the fastest time down. Max Vestappen sees everything from the pit lane.
Verstappen looks first
The Limburger only enters the track for the first time after about 25 minutes. Instantly set the fastest time at the moment, while Valtteri Bottas spins in the sixth corner. George Russell didn’t do much better in that corner: the Williams driver also lost control of Williams and will be back in the pits flat side on his tyres.
With 25 minutes left, the provisional standings is as follows: Verstappen is fastest, ahead of Perez, Hamilton, Leclerc, Hamilton, Leclerc, Sainz, Ricciardo, Norris, Alonso, Tsunoda, Latifi, Vettel, Räikkönen, Ocon, Russell, Giovinazzi, Gasly, Schumacher, Mazepin and Stroll.
Carlos Sainz sets the fastest time at the moment. With just over fifteen minutes left, the drivers will focus on practicing to qualify. So times are going to be pretty tight, and that’s to be expected.
More serious operations, more path limits exceeded
Now that times are faster and more serious qualifying simulations are running, drivers are also exploring the limit more and more. Many drivers discover where the limits lie. With five minutes left, Sergio Perez is currently ahead of Sainz, Verstappen, Norris, Bottas, Ricciardo, Gasly, Hamilton, Leclerc and Ocon. Outside the top ten, the ranking is: Vettel, Russell, Räikkönen, Latifi Giovinazzi, Stroll, Alonso, Tsunoda, Schumacher and Mazepin.
The result is below:
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