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Everything that happened in Mercedes-led British GP final practice

by Josh Suttill
3 min read

George Russell led a Mercedes 1-2 in a rain-affected final practice session at Formula 1's British Grand Prix.

Intermediates were the tyre of choice in FP3 with rain throughout Saturday morning at Silverstone soaking the track. The Formula 3 sprint race that was supposed to take place before FP3 was postponed but the conditions did at least improve for FP3 running to take place.

It didn't take long for a driver to be caught out though as Pierre Gasly, who is already facing a back-of-the-grid penalty for exceeding the maximum number of engine components allowed in the season, caused the sole red flag of FP3.

Less than 10 minutes into the session he lost control of his Alpine and went backwards into the gravel at the Vale chicane.

His beached car caused the red flag and he was forced to watch the rest of the session from the Alpine garage.

Mercedes fastest

The conditions hardly made the final timesheet representative of who will be on top in qualifying later but there was still a decent amount of running for a wet practice session.

Mercedes' home drivers led the way with Russell topping the session on a 1m37.529s, 0.035s ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Lando Norris, who topped both practice sessions on Friday, completed the all-British top three ahead of Carlos Sainz's Ferrari and points leader Max Verstappen, who ensured there were four different teams in the top five.

Charles Leclerc was sixth quickest for Ferrari ahead of the second McLaren of Oscar Piastri and the Aston Martin of Fernando Alonso.

Sergio Perez found himself ninth but his fastest effort was 1.7s off Russell's pace and he was almost a second adrift of Red Bull team-mate Verstappen.

Nico Hulkenberg continued his strong weekend for Haas by rounding out the top 10 ahead of Alex Albon and Lance Stroll.

Daniel Ricciardo - 18th fastest - faces a post-FP3 investigation for weaving in the pitlane when returning to his RB pits.

FP3 times

PosNameCarBest TimeGap Leader
1George RussellMercedes1m37.529s
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m37.564s+0.035s
3Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1m37.714s+0.185s
4Carlos SainzFerrari1m38.139s+0.610s
5Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda RBPT1m38.393s+0.864s
6Charles LeclercFerrari1m38.454s+0.925s
7Oscar PiastriMcLaren-Mercedes1m38.654s+1.125s
8Fernando AlonsoAston Martin-Mercedes1m38.940s+1.411s
9Sergio PérezRed Bull-Honda RBPT1m39.284s+1.755s
10Nico HülkenbergHaas-Ferrari1m39.340s+1.811s
11Alex AlbonWilliams-Mercedes1m39.603s+2.074s
12Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1m39.700s+2.171s
13Logan SargeantWilliams-Mercedes1m39.702s+2.173s
14Yuki TsunodaRed Bull-Honda RBPT1m39.820s+2.291s
15Valtteri BottasSauber-Ferrari1m40.242s+2.713s
16Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1m40.430s+2.901s
17Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1m40.539s+3.010s
18Daniel RicciardoRB-Honda RBPT1m40.823s+3.294s
19Guanyu ZhouSauber-Ferrari1m41.785s+4.256s
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