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Sergio Perez remained on top in the final practice session for the United States Grand Prix, lapping the Circuit of the Americas in 1’34.701

 

 

However Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen both set quicker lap times which were deleted due to track limits violations. Hamilton set a 1’34.458 and Verstappen a 1’34.383.

 

 

Verstappen was once again frustrated by traffic, coming up behind Antonio Giovinazzi on a slow lap and losing another potential lap time, after the one he had deleted for track limit violations.

 

As in Friday’s sessions, drivers favoured soft tyre sets, reserving medium and hard tyres for the race tomorrow. The only drivers to use the harder rubber were Sebastian Vettel and Pierre Gasly, who both initially went out on medium compound tyres. Vettel, who will start from the back of the grid due to a power unit change penalty, made an additional two runs on the yellow-walled tyres, saving his soft run for the end of the session.

 

 

 

Red Bull led the first half-hour of the session, Verstappen having the edge on Perez. Mercedes made a low-key start to proceedings, Valtteri Bottas staying in the garage for much of the first 40 minutes.

 

 

 

Both Bottas and George Russell had spins on-track, Bottas coming off the kerb at the exit of turn six and flatspotting his tyres. Russell had a more dramatic spin, although managed not to make contact with barriers or other cars on his way across the track at turn five.

 

 

 

Ferrari looked quick during the early part of the session but slipped down the order towards the end. Carlos Sainz Jnr set his best time in the final quarter of an hour of the session, when drivers committed to their last performance runs. He split the Red Bulls times, initially going fastest of all until Perez was able to reclaim the spot.

 

Having lagged behind his team mate early as McLaren had looked somewhat adrift of Ferrari, Lando Norris had a very strong final run. Norris was the only one of the two McLaren drivers to beat the Mercedes pair, Ricciardo ending up seventh-fastest.

 

 

Pierre Gasly had another frustrating session, off the pace until the final runs but the AlphaTauri driver was still able to beat one Ferrari, Charles Leclerc finishing the session ninth. Esteban Ocon completed the top 10, team mate Fernando Alonso well off the pace in seventeenth.

 

 

 

Alonso faces a grid penalty after becoming the latest driver to exceed the maximum allocation of power unit parts. Alpine has renewed every element of his Renault power unit, including the exhaust. He joins Bottas, Vettel and Russell in taking power unit-related grid penalties.

 

 

2021 United States Grand Prix third practice result

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 11 Sergio Perez Red Bull-Honda 1’34.701 13
2 55 Carlos Sainz Jnr Ferrari 1’34.805 0.104 16
3 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1’34.912 0.211 13
4 4 Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 1’34.945 0.244 13
5 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1’34.988 0.287 15
6 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’35.219 0.518 16
7 3 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren-Mercedes 1’35.345 0.644 11
8 10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 1’35.398 0.697 17
9 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1’35.688 0.987 17
10 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 1’35.711 1.010 10
11 5 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin-Mercedes 1’35.851 1.150 18
12 63 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1’36.023 1.322 9
13 7 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1’36.062 1.361 20
14 6 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1’36.118 1.417 8
15 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1’36.252 1.551 16
16 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes 1’36.392 1.691 13
17 14 Fernando Alonso Alpine-Renault 1’36.490 1.789 12
18 22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Honda 1’36.572 1.871 16
19 47 Mick Schumacher Haas-Ferrari 1’36.671 1.970 15
20 9 Nikita Mazepin Haas-Ferrari 2’03.456 28.755 15

Third practice visual gaps

Sergio Perez – 1’34.701

Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’34.805

Max Verstappen – 1’34.912

Lando Norris – 1’34.945

Valtteri Bottas – 1’34.988

Lewis Hamilton – 1’35.219

Daniel Ricciardo – 1’35.345

Pierre Gasly – 1’35.398

Charles Leclerc – 1’35.688

Esteban Ocon – 1’35.711

Sebastian Vettel – 1’35.851

George Russell – 1’36.023

Kimi Raikkonen – 1’36.062

Nicholas Latifi – 1’36.118

Antonio Giovinazzi – 1’36.252

Lance Stroll – 1’36.392

Fernando Alonso – 1’36.490

Yuki Tsunoda – 1’36.572

Mick Schumacher – 1’36.671

Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Fri/Sat diff Total laps
1 Sergio Perez Red Bull-Honda 1’36.798 1’34.946 1’34.701 -0.245 57
2 Carlos Sainz Jnr Ferrari 1’36.508 1’35.919 1’34.805 -1.114 60
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1’34.874 1’35.360 1’34.988 +0.114 56
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1’35.806 1’35.824 1’34.912 -0.894 52
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’34.919 1’35.310 1’35.219 +0.3 56
6 Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 1’36.855 1’35.203 1’34.945 -0.258 44
7 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren-Mercedes 1’37.458 1’35.457 1’35.345 -0.112 50
8 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 1’36.611 1’36.242 1’35.398 -0.844 60
9 Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes 1’36.972 1’35.561 1’36.392 +0.831 58
10 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1’36.334 1’35.572 1’35.688 +0.116 58
11 Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 1’36.970 1’36.158 1’35.711 -0.447 55
12 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin-Mercedes 1’36.982 1’36.718 1’35.851 -0.867 68
13 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1’36.966 1’37.490 1’36.023 -0.943 49
14 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1’36.876 1’36.558 1’36.062 -0.496 63
15 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1’37.463 1’37.254 1’36.118 -1.136 53
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1’36.874 1’36.138 1’36.252 +0.114 60
17 Fernando Alonso Alpine-Renault 1’37.068 1’36.376 1’36.490 +0.114 42
18 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Honda 1’37.954 1’36.983 1’36.572 -0.411 62
19 Mick Schumacher Haas-Ferrari 1’38.866 1’37.041 1’36.671 -0.37 56
20 Nikita Mazepin Haas-Ferrari 1’42.239 1’38.026 2’03.456 +25.43 57

 

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