Free Practice 3, Saturday at lunchtime, allowed Sergio Pérez to shine again, by stealing the best time from Charles Leclerc at the very end of the session, in order to come back to 2-1 in the provisional score of the weekend’s meetings between Scuderia Ferrari and Red Bull Racing. The Mexican achieved a super lap in 1:12.476, creating a 41/1000 gap on the Monegasque hero, credited a little earlier with a 1:12.517, following two Friday sessions that Leclerc had dominated from start to finish .
The leading quartet in this last rehearsal was completed by Carlos Sainz in the other Ferrari, ahead of reigning world champion Max Verstappen in the other Red Bull, who probably saved a bit of energy for the qualifying session scheduled for 4 pm. This qualifying session promised to be hotter than ever: behind the two “top teams” of the moment a fair distribution happened between five other teams: Pierre Gasly 5th in his Alpha Tauri, Lando Norris 6th in his McLaren, and Lewis Hamilton in 7th place (7 as in his collection of world titles), in his Mercedes, on which some problems may have been solved since yesterday.
The Top 10 of this very last free practice session was completed by Kevin Magnussen (Haas) 8th, George Russell (Mercedes) 9th and Fernando Alonso (Alpine) 10th. So that Q1 and especially Q2 will probably be very intense, in order to determine the names of drivers allowed to chase pole in Q3. To be continued.