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Hamilton leads Verstappen as Styrian Grand Prix practice ends

2021 Styrian Grand Prix third practice

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Lewis Hamilton led the final practice session at the Red Bull Ring ahead of Max Verstappen.

Verstappen led the early running, prompting Hamilton to ask his race engineer, Peter Bonnington where he was losing three-tenths of a second to the Red Bull. “Looks like it’s be straight-line speed, most of it,” said Bonnington, continuing a consistent theme from the Mercedes came of late.

However Hamilton then set a much faster lap during his second qualifying simulation run, topping the session by two-tenths of a session.

His team mate Valtteri Bottas did the most running, along with Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen, both putting in 25 laps. Raikkonen’s running was briefly disrupted when he had to pit to have a tear-off removed from his rear wing. Verstappen allowed himself just 16 runs around the Styrian track.

AlphaTauri looked quick again, Yuki Tsunoda leading Pierre Gasly to be ‘best of the rest’ after Mercedes and Red Bull. After missing second practice, Gasly resumed his participation in the weekend, now on his third MGU-K of the season.

Six drivers had lap times deleted for exceeding track limits at turn nine and six also got penalised for going over the line at turn 10. They included Lando Norris, a persistent offender yesterday, whose 1’05.228 would have put him sixth overall.

McLaren were therefore left surprisingly far down the times sheets. Ricciardo seemed to be running a different programme to Norris, doing two runs on medium tyres rather than purely running fast laps.

For the first time this weekend, Antonio Giovinazzi was not the quickest Ferrari-powered driver, Charles Leclerc placing just behind the AlphaTauri drivers in the timing.

Drivers almost exclusively used soft tyres this morning, in preparation for qualifying and there seemed to be two key stints, one early in the session and one late, when they set qualifying simulations. The only cars to try a short hard tyre stint were both Haas drivers, early in the session.

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2021 Styrian Grand Prix third practice result

Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’04.36918
233Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda1’04.5730.20416
377Valtteri BottasMercedes1’04.8320.46324
411Sergio PerezRed Bull-Honda1’05.0260.65721
522Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Honda1’05.1500.78123
610Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Honda1’05.2980.92922
716Charles LeclercFerrari1’05.3400.97121
814Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault1’05.4001.03124
918Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1’05.4451.07617
105Sebastian VettelAston Martin-Mercedes1’05.4921.12319
1199Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’05.5561.18723
1231Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1’05.6761.30721
1355Carlos Sainz JnrFerrari1’05.6981.32922
1463George RussellWilliams-Mercedes1’05.8631.49423
157Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’05.9421.57325
1647Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari1’05.9921.62324
173Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes1’06.1161.74720
186Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes1’06.1191.75021
194Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1’06.6542.28519
209Nikita MazepinHaas-Ferrari1’06.6922.32322

Third practice visual gaps

Lewis Hamilton – 1’04.369

+0.204 Max Verstappen – 1’04.573

+0.463 Valtteri Bottas – 1’04.832

+0.657 Sergio Perez – 1’05.026

+0.781 Yuki Tsunoda – 1’05.150

+0.929 Pierre Gasly – 1’05.298

+0.971 Charles Leclerc – 1’05.340

+1.031 Fernando Alonso – 1’05.400

+1.076 Lance Stroll – 1’05.445

+1.123 Sebastian Vettel – 1’05.492

+1.187 Antonio Giovinazzi – 1’05.556

+1.307 Esteban Ocon – 1’05.676

+1.329 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’05.698

+1.494 George Russell – 1’05.863

+1.573 Kimi Raikkonen – 1’05.942

+1.623 Mick Schumacher – 1’05.992

+1.747 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’06.116

+1.750 Nicholas Latifi – 1’06.119

+2.285 Lando Norris – 1’06.654

+2.323 Nikita Mazepin – 1’06.692

Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.

PosDriverCarFP1FP2FP3Fri/Sat diffTotal laps
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’06.3321’05.7961’04.369-1.42783
2Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda1’05.9101’05.4121’04.573-0.83986
3Valtteri BottasMercedes1’06.3861’06.2511’04.832-1.41988
4Sergio PerezRed Bull-Honda1’06.6961’06.0891’05.026-1.06389
5Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Honda1’06.3971’06.4511’05.150-1.24797
6Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Honda1’06.1661’05.298-0.86854
7Charles LeclercFerrari1’06.6291’06.2701’05.340-0.9395
8Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault1’06.5191’05.8271’05.400-0.42797
9Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1’06.5841’06.0791’05.445-0.63485
10Sebastian VettelAston Martin-Mercedes1’06.7081’05.9341’05.492-0.44287
11Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’06.6141’06.1451’05.556-0.58987
12Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1’06.5511’05.7901’05.676-0.11489
13Carlos Sainz JnrFerrari1’06.6301’06.1471’05.698-0.44992
14Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes1’06.6691’05.7481’06.116+0.36891
15George RussellWilliams-Mercedes1’06.8481’06.6281’05.863-0.76593
16Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’06.2971’05.942-0.35565
17Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari1’07.4731’06.8861’05.992-0.89482
18Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1’06.8611’05.9941’06.654+0.6692
19Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes1’07.1801’07.6691’06.119-1.06183
20Nikita MazepinHaas-Ferrari1’08.0811’07.4041’06.692-0.71282
21Robert KubicaAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’07.82329

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4 comments on “Hamilton leads Verstappen as Styrian Grand Prix practice ends”

  1. To part quote Hamilton… “Where did that 2 tenths of a second come from?”
    I think that sets us up for an interesting quali. Lets hope for no red flags or controversial yellow flags.

  2. topping the session by two-tenths of a session.

    second, I guess

    1. Barry Bens (@barryfromdownunder)
      26th June 2021, 13:03

      In all fairness, he also topped the sessions with two-tenths of a session, seeing as that is 12 minutes…

    2. I would imagine so given how much Latifi held up Max on his run.

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