Turkish GP: Pierre Gasly leads Max Verstappen in third wet practice, George Russell turns

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Last Updated: 09/10/21 12:19 pm

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George Russell causes a red flag after stranding his Williams during a wet P3 at the Turkish Grand Prix

George Russell causes a red flag after stranding his Williams during a wet P3 at the Turkish Grand Prix

Pierre Gasly finished faster ahead of the Red Bulls in a final wet practice for the Turkish GP, which hinted at a challenging and exciting qualifying as many drivers lost control of their cars.

Rains throughout the morning at Istanbul Park have spiced up the action on Saturday’s track that already seemed unpredictable, with Lewis Hamilton as the fit man on Friday, but facing a 10-place grid penalty and rival championship champion Max Verstappen struggling to keep up.

In the third and final practice, Gasly was the first driver to challenge the circuit on wet tires and finished as the fastest man on the track in intermediates with a 1: 30.447 on his AlphaTauri.

Verstappen showed more form in the wet than before in the dry, finishing the session within a tenth of Gasly, and was followed in third place by his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez.

Max Verstappen takes a 360 lap in his Red Bull during a wet practice session at the Turkish Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen takes a 360 lap in his Red Bull during a wet practice session at the Turkish Grand Prix

Max Verstappen takes a 360 lap in his Red Bull during a wet practice session at the Turkish Grand Prix

However, the Dutchman was also one of many drivers who turned the soggy Istanbul Park circuit, while George Russell even raised a red flag with a great moment.

Russell oversteered his Williams into Turn 2 and spun around, stranding his car on the gravel.

Track conditions improved through P3, so much so that drivers considered slick tires at the end, and no more rain is expected sooner. Qualifying begins at 1pm, live on Sky Sports F1.

“It could start with intermediate tires and then dry out,” said Sky F1’s Karun Chandhok. “As in Sochi, it will be very exciting towards the end.”

Sebastain Vettel drives off the track in his Aston Martin during the third practice of the Turkish Grand Prix.

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Sebastain Vettel drives off the track in his Aston Martin during the third practice of the Turkish Grand Prix.

Sebastain Vettel drives off the track in his Aston Martin during the third practice of the Turkish Grand Prix.

Hamilton, who will start Sunday’s race 10 places below his qualifying position as a result of his new Mercedes engine, finished in 18th place, completing just one fast lap on intermediate tires before returning to the pits.

The Ferraris, however, became competitive again like Carlos Sainz, who also has an engine penalty, and Charles Leclerc finished fifth and sixth, ahead of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen.

Valtteri Bottas was the Mercedes leader in ninth.

Turkish GP Practice Timesheet Three

Driver Team Weather
1) Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1: 30,447
2) Max Verstappen Red Bull +0.164
3) Sergio Perez Red Bull +0.237
4) Carlos Sainz Ferrari +0.815
5) Charles Leclerc Ferrari +1,096
6) Fernando Alonso Alpine +1,098
7) Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo +1,125
8) Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri +1,534
9) Valtteri Bottas Mercedes +1,549
10) Esteban Ocon Alpine +1,642
11) Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo +1,650
12) Sebastian Vettel Aston martin +1,664
13) Mick Schumacher Haas +1,781
14) Daniel Ricciardo Mclaren +1,823
15) Lando Norris Mclaren +1,867
16) Walk Lance Aston martin +2,901
17) Nikita Mazepin Haas +2,978
18) Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +3,189
19) Nicholas Latifi Williams +5,234
20) George Russell Williams No set time

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