Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Silverstone, 2022

Verstappen fastest by four tenths in final British Grand Prix practice

2022 British Grand Prix third practice

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Max Verstappen stated his intentions for qualifying by going fastest by four tenths input a second in final practice for the British Grand Prix.

Verstappen’s best time of a 1’27.901 was enough to see him end practice comfortably clear of Red Bull team mate Sergio Perez and almost half a second clear of Charles Leclerc.

The two Mercedes of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton were fourth and fifth, ahead of Carlos Sainz Jnr in the second Ferrari.

Overcast skies greeted drivers over Silverstone as they prepared for the final hour of practice ahead of qualifying. Air temperature was only around 17C, while the track itself was a cool 24C.

Teams were keen to get out with many drivers heading straight onto the soft tyres to dial in their cars ahead of qualifying. Charles Leclerc set the early pace with a 1’29.452, just under two tenths faster than Red Bull’s Sergio Perez. The two Mercedes of Russell and Hamilton moved into third and fourth places, before an improvement by Hamilton saw him move ahead of his team mate.

Then it was Verstappen’s turn to venture out on the soft tyres and he used them to move to the top of the times with a 1’28.498, over three tenths faster than Leclerc. Hamilton also improved his personal best time to move up to second, just under two tenths slower than Verstappen’s best.

Around half way into the session, the risk of rain for the remainder of practice had reduced further. With 25 minutes remaining, the track fell silent as teams brought their cars in for checks and last set up tweaks ahead of their final practice runs ahead of qualifying.

Russell was the first of the top six runners to attempt a qualifying simulation run. He improved to go third fastest, just over five hundredths off team mate Hamilton. Leclerc then set a personal best to go within two thousandths of a second of Verstappen, but then the Red Bull driver delivered a strong lap of his own to improve by almost half a second and break into the 1’27s for the first time all weekend.

Perez lowered his own personal best time to move into second place – albeit just over four tenths from his team mate’s benchmark time. With only two minutes remaining, Verstappen took to the track for one final run before qualifying. However, he opted not to start a flying lap before the chequered flag, continuing around for a final tour before lining up on the grid for a practice start.

Verstappen therefore ended the session fastest of all by over four tenths from Perez, with Leclerc third fastest almost four hundredths behind the Red Bulls. The two Mercedes of Russell and Hamilton were fourth and fifth, just over half a second away from Verstappen’s best time.

Carlos Sainz Jnr ended the session sixth in the second Ferrari, four tenths ahead of Lando Norris in seventh and Valtteri Bottas in eighth. Mick Schumacher ended the session ninth for Haas, ahead of the two Alpines of Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon.

2022 British Grand Prix third practice result

Position Number Driver Team Model Time Gap Laps
1 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull RB18 1’27.901 18
2 11 Sergio Perez Red Bull RB18 1’28.311 0.410 21
3 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari F1-75 1’28.348 0.447 21
4 63 George Russell Mercedes W13 1’28.426 0.525 21
5 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W13 1’28.488 0.587 24
6 55 Carlos Sainz Jnr Ferrari F1-75 1’28.689 0.788 21
7 4 Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes MCL36 1’29.102 1.201 20
8 77 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo-Ferrari C42 1’29.185 1.284 20
9 47 Mick Schumacher Haas-Ferrari VF-22 1’29.510 1.609 21
10 14 Fernando Alonso Alpine-Renault A522 1’29.520 1.619 20
11 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault A522 1’29.552 1.651 24
12 5 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin-Mercedes AMR22 1’29.593 1.692 25
13 24 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo-Ferrari C42 1’29.752 1.851 17
14 23 Alexander Albon Williams-Mercedes FW44 1’29.780 1.879 22
15 10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Red Bull AT03 1’29.885 1.984 23
16 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes AMR22 1’29.892 1.991 26
17 22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Red Bull AT03 1’30.039 2.138 22
18 3 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren-Mercedes MCL36 1’30.293 2.392 21
19 6 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes FW44 1’30.489 2.588 16
20 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari VF-22 1’30.523 2.622 19

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8 comments on “Verstappen fastest by four tenths in final British Grand Prix practice”

  1. Has anyone seen mass protests from supporters of the Sprint gimmick, yet?

    Shouldn’t there be at least some public growling if that thing were as popular as Stefano Domenicali and the other Liberty goons would have us believe?

    1. SHR Modding
      2nd July 2022, 13:57

      Chandhok and button did actually on the sky broadcast. Made several points about how the practice session was relatively boring and they’d rather see a race

  2. Has anyone seen mass protests from supporters of the Sprint gimmick, yet?

    Who were you expecting to protest?
    Ross and Stefano perhaps, and maybe their best mates. I’m not convinced anyone else likes the idea.

    1. Lots of people prefer sprints over practice sessions.
      Unless you think they are lying..?

  3. basically

    Russell keeps beating Hamilton

    in his first competitive team, so how is it not equal to 2007? and no one talks about it?

  4. Should be a formality that Rbr is on rails

  5. Yes, it’s “just practise”, but even if Leclerc works his magic again and sticks the Ferrari on pole – it’s ever more looking like Verstappen is going to just run away with this championship. Aside from Australia, the Red Bull has looked at worst just as quick as the Ferrari, and has otherwise had (much) better race pace and seemingly far less handling and bouncing issues.

  6. They should only have sprint qualifiers when its raining. ;^)

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