Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Zandvoort, 2023

Verstappen quickest as red flag fly three times in wet final practice

2023 Dutch Grand Prix third practice

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Max Verstappen set the fastest time in a wet final practice session for the Dutch Grand Prix which saw three red flag stoppages.

The championship leader’s best time of a 1’22.010 on intermediate tyres near the end of the session, three tenths of a second ahead of George Russell with Sergio Perez third-fastest.

Overnight rain had not lifted by the time that the pit lane opened for the start of the final hour of practice, with a fully wet track awaiting the drivers. Verstappen was the first driver out on the track on full wet tyres, joined by Liam Lawson for his first ever lap in the AlphaTauri AT04 as he steps in for the injured Daniel Ricciardo for the remainder of the weekend.

The lack of grip was quickly evident when Verstappen slid off the track at the edge of the banked third turn, running onto the grass. His team mate, Perez, also ran off at the tight right-hander of turn 11.

Despite the level of water on track, Lando Norris opted to head out on intermediate tyres, as did McLaren team mate Oscar Piastri. Norris also had a trip across the gravel of turn 11 before being brought in to check the car’s floor, but Kevin Magnussen had a much bigger moment on the exit of turn three, spinning on his out-lap on intermediate tyres into the wall and bringing out the red flag.

When the session resumed after the Haas was cleared, the rain had resumed. The track was busier than the opening minutes of the session with drivers opting for a mixture of wet and intermediate tyres. Despite fitting the full wet tyres, Charles Leclerc skidded off the track under braking for turn one, narrowly missing the tyre wall before rejoining the track through the escape road.

Verstappen used intermediates to set the quickest time with a 1’25.197, with Norris over a second and a half slower, also on intermediate tyres. Alfa Romeo driver Zhou Guanyu also fitted the intermediates but lost control of his car rounding the penultimate corner of turn 13, spinning into the gravel trap.

The session was suspended for a second time with Zhou stranded in the gravel. Intermediates were now the best tyre for the conditions with Norris improving to go quickest ahead of team mate Piastri. However, the track was still proving tricky, with Carlos Sainz Jnr, Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon all skidding off at the first corner.

Then, Lawson had a spin on the exit of turn 13 and came to a rest pointing backwards across the circuit. Despite Lawson eventually getting going again, the red flags had already been called for the third time. The session restarted for a final time with nine minutes remaining, with Verstappen lowering the best time of the session to a 1’21.631 as Russell moved to second place for Mercedes, three tenths behind the Red Bull.

Verstappen was not immune from the low-grip conditions as he slid off at turn 11 to make a brief trip over the gravel. However, when the chequered flag came out, he remained in the top spot of the order to be the fastest driver in the wet session ahead of Russell.

Perez was third-fastest in the second Red Bull ahead of Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton in fifth. Alexander Albon was sixth for Williams with Piastri seventh ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Charles Leclerc, who ran off at turn one two more times in the final minutes. Norris completed the top ten in the second McLaren.

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2023 Dutch Grand Prix third practice result

11Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda RBPTRB191’21.63118
263George RussellMercedesW141’22.0100.37917
311Sergio PerezRed Bull-Honda RBPTRB191’22.6311.00017
414Fernando AlonsoAston Martin-MercedesAMR231’22.6341.00313
544Lewis HamiltonMercedesW141’22.7231.09217
623Alexander AlbonWilliams-MercedesFW451’22.7501.11918
781Oscar PiastriMcLaren-MercedesMCL601’22.8921.26119
877Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo-FerrariC431’22.9651.33425
916Charles LeclercFerrariSF-231’23.0931.46212
104Lando NorrisMcLaren-MercedesMCL601’23.1581.52724
1110Pierre GaslyAlpine-RenaultA5231’23.2101.57915
1255Carlos Sainz JnrFerrariSF-231’23.4381.80717
1322Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Honda RBPTAT041’23.5441.91317
142Logan SargeantWilliams-MercedesFW451’23.5701.93919
1527Nico HulkenbergHaas-FerrariVF-231’23.6402.00919
1631Esteban OconAlpine-RenaultA5231’23.8062.17511
1718Lance StrollAston Martin-MercedesAMR231’24.0582.42715
1840Liam LawsonAlphaTauri-Honda RBPTAT041’26.3434.71225
1924Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo-FerrariC431’28.4826.8519
2020Kevin MagnussenHaas-FerrariVF-23No time1

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2023 Dutch Grand Prix combined practice times

PositionNumberDriverTeamFP1 timeFP2 timeFP3 timeGapLaps
14Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1’12.4601’11.3301’23.1581
21Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda RBPT1’11.8521’11.3531’21.6310.0232
323Alexander AlbonWilliams-Mercedes1’12.4471’11.5991’22.7500.2693
444Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’12.2251’11.6381’22.7230.3084
522Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Honda RBPT1’12.7491’11.7201’23.5440.3905
610Pierre GaslyAlpine-Renault1’12.8951’11.7661’23.2100.4366
711Sergio PerezRed Bull-Honda RBPT1’12.3231’11.8171’22.6310.4877
818Lance StrollAston Martin-MercedesNo time1’11.8351’24.0580.5058
977Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’13.4481’11.8571’22.9650.5279
1014Fernando AlonsoAston Martin-Mercedes1’12.1301’11.8631’22.6340.53310
1116Charles LeclercFerrari1’13.5191’11.9151’23.0930.58511
122Logan SargeantWilliams-Mercedes1’12.6171’11.9341’23.5700.60412
1331Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1’12.8021’12.0011’23.8060.67113
1463George RussellMercedes1’12.8131’12.0091’22.0100.67914
1524Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’13.8261’12.0741’28.4820.74415
1655Carlos Sainz JnrFerrari1’12.0931’23.4380.76316
1720Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1’13.3221’12.404No time1.07417
1881Oscar PiastriMcLaren-Mercedes1’12.6581’12.9011’22.8921.32818
1927Nico HulkenbergHaas-Ferrari1’14.0231’12.6931’23.6401.36319
203Daniel RicciardoAlphaTauri-Honda RBPT1’12.9901’13.0961.66020
2139Robert ShwartzmanFerrari1’14.8033.47321
2240Liam LawsonAlphaTauri-Honda RBPT1’26.34315.013

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2 comments on “Verstappen quickest as red flag fly three times in wet final practice”

  1. The last red was a bit hasty & I wonder if Lawson’s participation in this FP3 counts for the rookie rule?

  2. New F1 song “We’ll keep the red flag flying here”.

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