Fernando Alonso set the fastest time in the third and final free practice session of the Bahrain GP this Saturday. Already winner of the previous one, the Spanish driver has again toasted the courtesy of Red Bull.
He was the fastest on Friday in the dark and is again this Saturday. Fernando Alonso, already winner of the second free practice session of the Bahrain GP, did it again on the third of the name at the wheel of his Aston Martin. This new coup from the Spanish veteran (41) confirms that Aston Martin can pull off a great opening weekend at the Sakhir circuit.
The single-seaters of the team based in Silverstone had even set the two best times of this session before the awakening of the major forces of the field during the last ten minutes. The double world champion finally overtook the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen, by only five thousandths of a second, and Sergio Pérez in order to draw up a top 3 unchanged from the second session of free practice.
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The Blues not yet in the game
Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc, respectively relegated to 21 and 28 hundredths from Alonso, complete the top 5. Before that, the pre-qualifying session started on a timid basis. Only seven drivers posted a time in the first quarter of an hour when most teams, certainly still eager to hide their game before the first qualifying session of the year, took their time.
This was the case with Max Verstappen. The reigning double world champion took to the track for 40 minutes. Not yet in evidence since the start of the inaugural event, The Alpine “French team” formed by Pierre Gasly (+ 0″724) and Esteban Ocon (+ 0″776) ranked tenth and eleventh of this session. See you at 4 p.m. to watch qualifying for the Bahrain GP.
FORMULA 1 / BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX
Classification of free practice 3 – Saturday March 4, 2023
1- Fernando Alonso (ESP/Aston Martin) in 1’32”340
2- Max Verstappen (PBS/Red Bull Racing) à 0’’005
3- Sergio Pérez (MEX/Red Bull Racing) at 0”106
4- Lewis Hamilton (GBR / Mercedes) at 0”215
5- Charles Leclerc (MC / Ferrari) at 0”284
10- Pierre Gasly (FRA / Alpine) at 0”724
11- Esteban Ocon (FRA/Alpine) at 0 »776