Thursday, December 1, 2022

Pérez rules in the third free practice at Yas Marina

The Mexican Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez (Red Bull) dominated the last free practice for him Abu Dhabi Grand Prixwhich will close the season this Sunday at the Yas Marina circuit, a session that could cost the British positions lewis hamilton on the starting grid for not slowing down with a red flag on the track.

The Spanish Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) was seventh and his compatriot Fernando Alonso (Alpine) finished twelfth three thousandths of his teammate, the French Esteban Ocon.

With 46 degrees of temperature on the asphalt he started the last trial before qualifying for the twenty-second race of the year.

Pérez, who fights for the runner-up with the Monegasque charles leclerc (Ferrari), he was getting good feelings in training and led the time table halfway through practice (1:25.861). Moments later, to the French car Pierre Gasley the right front tire came off and, in addition, the flap of that wheel came off, which caused the red flag on track.

At that time, a British Lewis Hamilton’s mistake when slowing down with these circumstances on the track, something that will predictably cost him positions on the starting grid on Sunday.

Already with green in Yas Marina, the seven-time champion took the lead with a time of 1:25.824 that was soon improved.

With better track conditions, Pérez, with new softs and in qualifying simulation, was the first who broke the record set by his partner max verstappen on Friday (1:25.146) and also, he was the only one who managed to go down from 1:25 (1:24.982). After Pérez, the other Red Bull finished, that of Max Verstappen, the Mercedes of Hamilton and the British George Russellbrand new winner of the Sao Paulo GP, and the McLaren of Lando Norris he surpassed the Ferraris of Leclerc and Sainz.


.1. Sergio Perez MEX Red Bull 1:24.982

.two. Max Verstappen NED Red Bull 1:25.134

.3. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes 1:25.222

.4. George Russell GBR Mercedes 1:25.395

.5. Lando Norris GBR McLaren 1:25.518

.6. Charles Leclerc MON Ferrari 1:25.571

.7. Carlos Sainz ESP Ferrari 1:25.605

.8. Daniel Ricciardo AUS McLaren 1:25.950

.9. Sebastian Vettel GER Aston Martin 1:26.012

10. Alexander Albon THA Williams 1:26.051

11. Esteban Ocon FRA Alpine 1:26.073

12. Fernando Alonso ESP Alpine 1:26.076

13.Yuki Tsunoda JPN Alpha Tauri 1:26.170

14. Valtteri Bottas FIN Alfa Romeo 1:26.189

15. Pierre Gasly FRA Alpha Tauri 1:26.239

16. Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin 1:26.298

17. Kevin Magnussen DIN Haas 1:26.356

18. Mick Schumacher GER Haas 1:26.473

19. Zhou Guanyu CHN Alfa Romeo 1:26.482

20. Nicholas Latifi CAN Williams 1:26.646.

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