Verstappen second in final free practice on wet Istanbul Park
Published on 09 October 2021 by Kees-Jan Koster
Max Verstappen finished the third free practice session for the Turkish Grand Prix in second position. The Dutchman drove eleven laps on a wet Istanbul Park and set his fastest time of 1:30.611 on intermediate tyres. Pierre Gasly for AlphaTauri was fastest with a 1:30.447. Sergio Pérez completed the top three.
It is 12 o’clock local time when the lights go green for the start of the session. It is raining however, so it takes a little while before the first drivers come out on track. Pierre Gasly is the first who comes out after about seven minutes. Teammate Yuki Tsunoda follows not much later together with both McLarens.
The circumstances improve slowly and it gets a bit busier on track. After about fifteen minutes, it is Lando Norris who is the first to swap the full wet tyres for intermediates, but it is still treacherous on the circuit because of puddles of water. A couple of drivers spin, including George Russell: the Brit loses control over his Williams in turn two and ends in the gravel. He becomes stuck, and the session is red flagged.
The circuit is cleared again just before the end of the first half of the session. Max Verstappen immediately leaves the pitlane and sets a 1:32.464 on intermediates. Behind him Lewis Hamilton, Antonio Giovinazzi, Kimi Räikkönen, Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas form the provisional top six. Max improves his time to a 1:31.043, before going back to the team in the pitlane and stepping out of the for this weekend white RB16B.
With fifteen minutes to go takes Sergio Pérez the lead by setting a 1:30.684. Not much later goes Pierre Gasly two tenths quicker. In the final minutes comes Verstappen out on track for the last time. On intermediates sets the Red Bull Racing drivers a 1:30.611, finishing in second position. Pierre Gasly is the quickest and Sergio Pérez finishes third.
|1||Pierre Gasly||GAS||AlphaTauri Honda||1:30.447||19|
|2||Max Verstappen||VER||Red Bull Racing Honda||1:30.611||+0.164s||11|
|3||Sergio Perez||PER||Red Bull Racing Honda||1:30.684||+0.237s||13|
|6||Fernando Alonso||ALO||Alpine Renault||1:31.545||+1.098s||15|
|7||Kimi Räikkönen||RAI||Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari||1:31.572||+1.125s||17|
|8||Yuki Tsunoda||TSU||AlphaTauri Honda||1:31.981||+1.534s||21|
|10||Esteban Ocon||OCO||Alpine Renault||1:32.089||+1.642s||17|
|11||Antonio Giovinazzi||GIO||Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari||1:32.097||+1.650s||21|
|12||Sebastian Vettel||VET||Aston Martin Mercedes||1:32.111||+1.664s||14|
|13||Mick Schumacher||MSC||Haas Ferrari||1:32.228||+1.781s||23|
|14||Daniel Ricciardo||RIC||McLaren Mercedes||1:32.270||+1.823s||18|
|15||Lando Norris||NOR||McLaren Mercedes||1:32.314||+1.867s||18|
|16||Lance Stroll||STR||Aston Martin Mercedes||1:33.348||+2.901s||11|
|17||Nikita Mazepin||MAZ||Haas Ferrari||1:33.425||+2.978s||14|
|19||Nicholas Latifi||LAT||Williams Mercedes||1:35.681||+5.234s||8|
|20||George Russell||RUS||Williams Mercedes||---||2|