2022 Belgian Grand Prix FP3 report and highlights: Perez leads Verstappen and Sainz in final Belgian GP practice

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Red Bull’s Sergio Perez set a very late flying lap, finishing first in final practice over teammate Max Verstappen, while Carlos Sainz was more than seven tenths off the pace for Ferrari in P3.

Spa was shrouded in clouds on Saturday morning but largely untouched by rain, with plenty of drama leading up to FP3. That included grid penalties for numerous drivers, including FP2 and FP3 leader Verstappen, plus Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and McLaren’s Lando Norris – while intrigue over the futures of Oscar Piastri and Daniel Ricciardo continued to bubble.

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Perez’s post-checkered flag flying lap of 1m 45.047s took penalized teammate Verstappen to P2 by 0.137s and Sainz to third with 0.777s.

That left McLaren’s Lando Norris in fourth, Fernando Alonso setting a very late flyer to take P5 ahead of Alpine and just a tenth behind his McLaren rival.

George Russell was next on the board for Mercedes as Charles Leclerc hit the barriers and caused a very short red flag by spinning through the gravel at Turn 12. The Monegasque driver finished sixth overall in FP3 but, after pulling his car out of the gravel, said: “I don’t think the car has any damage”.

1


Sergio
perez
PER
Red Bull Racing

1:45.047

2


Max
Verstappen
FAR
Red Bull Racing

+0.137s

3


Carlos
Sainz
SAI
Ferrari

+0.777s

4


Lando
norris
NOR
McLaren

+0.918s

5


Fernando
Alonso
ALOE
alpine

+1.014s

After the checkered flag, Sebastian Vettel and Esteban Ocon jumped to eighth and ninth respectively, with the former reporting a possible engine failure in his Aston Martin.

Pierre Gasly therefore rounded out the top 10, shaking off a previous offensive at Blanchimont.

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Outgoing McLaren racer Daniel Ricciardo finished 11th ahead of Lewis Hamilton, who appeared to be coming back from a late flying effort, while Nicholas Latifi and Alex Albon finished 13th and 14th respectively for Williams.

Valtteri Bottas on P15 will join the other drivers at the back of the grid on Sunday, the Alfa Romeo driver finishing tenth ahead of 16th place Aston Martin driver Lance Stroll and 17th place Haas racer Kevin Magnussen.

FP3 Highlights: Belgian Grand Prix

Yuki Tsunoda was just behind Magnussen, the Japanese driver in P18 for AlphaTauri, while Zhou Guanyu finished 19th for Alfa Romeo as he expected a back-of-grid penalty.

Mick Schumacher completed just six laps thanks to a sensor problem, and also faces grid penalties after finishing P20 in final practice for Haas.

Light rain fell over the track at the end of the final practice, and it is Perez who seems to hold the cards by setting the fastest time – so far with no grid penalties.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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