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2022 Dutch Grand Prix FP3 report and highlights: Leclerc leads Russell and Verstappen in a close final session at Zandvoort

Charles Leclerc set the fastest time in final practice for the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix, while George Russell led Mercedes by just 0.066 seconds from the Ferrari driver, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in third.

Leclerc’s car was barricaded as Ferrari engineers worked on the car midway through the session. The team said they had “no problems” despite the queue of mechanics, and Leclerc finished first overall with a time of 1:11.632 set with 14 minutes remaining.

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Russell was 0.066 seconds behind Mercedes in second, while Verstappen, who held the early benchmark on the soft tyre, was third. The Dutchman entered well behind the other drivers on his second run on soft tyres, putting him 0.161s off Leclerc’s pace.

Carlos Sainz finished fourth, 10 seconds behind Verstappen, while Lewis Hamilton finished fifth, half a second behind, with Sergio Perez in sixth. After a one-two finish for Mercedes in FP1 and a one-two for Ferrari in FP2, Red Bull scrambled for a counterargument, but the Mexican driver showed up early to test the new set-up.

1


charles
Leclerc
Wreck
Ferrari

1:11.632

2


George
Russell
Russia
mercedes

+0.066 seconds

3


Max
Verstappen
VER
red bull racing

+0.161 seconds

Four


Carlos
Sainz
rhinoceros
Ferrari

+0.339 seconds

Five


Lewis
Hamilton
ham
mercedes

+0.524 seconds

Alpine’s Fernando Alonso was ahead of Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel for seventh, while Mick Schumacher set the pace in sector two to put Haas in ninth and McLaren’s Lando Norris down to tenth.

Kevin Magnussen finished 11th, 1/500th of his team-mate, and Lance Stroll finished 12th, 3/10ths of Vettel.

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Alex Albon finished 13th for Williams, followed by Alpine pair Esteban Ocon and AlphaTauri, Pierre Gasly in 15th and Yuki Tsunoda in 16th.

Alfa Romeo followed behind Ricciardo and both struggled in FP3. Valtteri Bottas’ soft tire run was much slower and he finished ahead of his teammate Zhou Guanyu in 18th place. Nicholas Latifi rounded out the session on his P20.

Qualifying continues at 15:00 local time with Ferrari holding the card. But can Verstappen claim his second consecutive pole position at home?

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