F1: Leclerc fastest in tight final Dutch Grand Prix practice | Inquirer Sports

F1: Leclerc fastest in tight final Dutch Grand Prix practice

/ 08:07 PM September 03, 2022

Charles Leclerc Formula One F1

Ferrari’s Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc steers is car during the third free practice session ahead of the Dutch Formula One Grand Prix at the Zandvoort circuit on September 3, 2022. (Photo by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP)

ZANDVOORT, Netherlands – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc led the way in final practice for the Dutch Grand Prix on Saturday with Max Verstappen only third fastest for Red Bull in front of his army of cheering supporters.

George Russell was second fastest for Mercedes around the seaside Zandvoort layout.


Leclerc, who was also fastest in Friday’s second practice, did 20 laps and produced a best effort of one minute 11.632 seconds after mechanics worked on his car midway through the session.


Russell was 0.066 slower and Verstappen, who has a 93-point lead in the championship over closest rival and teammate Sergio Perez, was 0.161 off the pace.

Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz was fourth and seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton fifth for Mercedes, with Perez sixth.

The top six were separated by 0.544, suggesting a tight battle for pole position in later qualifying.

Verstappen won from pole last year, returning this time as world champion.


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