September 30, 2022

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

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez took first place in final practice ahead of team-mate Max Verstappen after a very late flying lap, while Carlos Sainz was more than seven-tenths adrift for Ferrari in P3.

With Spa shrouded in cloud but largely untouched by rain on Saturday morning, there was plenty of drama in the lead-up to FP3. It includes Phase penalty Maneuvering continued to bubble over the futures of Oscar Piastre and Daniel Ricciardo – for FP2 and FP3 leader Verstappen, plus several drivers – including Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and McLaren’s Lando Norris.

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Perez’s back-checkered flag lap of 1m 45.047s saw team-mate Verstappen p2 by 0.137s, with Sainz third by 0.777s.

It left McLaren’s Lando Norris fourth, with Fernando Alonso putting in a very late flyer to Alpine to P5 and a tenth behind his McLaren rival.

George Russell was next in the Mercedes group, while Charles Leclerc hit the barriers, spinning through the gravel at Turn 12 and causing a narrow red flag. The Monaco driver finished sixth overall in FP3 but said after recovering his car from the gravel: “I don’t think there’s any damage to the car.”

1


Sergio
Perez
PER
Red Bull Racing

1:45.047

2


maximum
Verstappen
VER
Red Bull Racing

+0.137s

3


Carlos
Signs
Chai
Ferrari

+0.777s

4


Lando
Norris
NOR
McLaren

+0.918s

5


Fernando
Alonso
Hello
Alpine

+1.014s

Sebastian Vettel and Esteban Ocon advanced to eighth and ninth respectively after the checkered flags, the former reporting possible engine trouble in his Aston Martin.

Pierre Gasly rounded out the top 10, breaking the previous record at Blanchimont.

Also read: 5 things we learned from Friday’s practice at the Belgian Grand Prix

Outgoing McLaren racer Daniel Ricciardo was 11th ahead of Lewis Hamilton, who appeared to back off from a late flying effort, while Nicolas Latifi and Alex Alban were 13th and 14th for Williams.

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

FP3 Highlights: Belgian Grand Prix

Yuki Tsunoda was behind Japanese driver Magnussen in P18 for AlfaDauri, while Zhou Guanyu finished 19th for Alfa Romeo.

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

It rained lightly at the end of final practice, and Perez looks set to set the fastest time and hold the cards – so far with no stage penalties to his name.

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