Canadian GP: Alonso comfortable in the rain

While the rain was invited on the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, Fernando Alonso was the most comfortable in these conditions during the third free practice session of the Canadian Grand Prix ahead of Pierre Gasly and Sebastian Vettel .

She was expected, she was there! After narrowly missing the drivers this Friday at the end of the day, the rain came this Saturday on the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal. Indeed, it is on a wet track that the third and last free practice session of the Canadian Grand Prix. In this little game, the one who showed the most drive was Fernando Alonso.

In the fight with Carlos Sainz Jr at the start of the session, when the rain tires were necessary, the Asturian settled at the top of the hierarchy in intermediate tires with a best time of 1’33”836. The Alpine driver is 53 thousandths of a second ahead of Pierre Gaslywho took his time before hitting the track, when Sebastian Vettel failed 55 thousandths from the benchmark established by the double world champion. Esteban Ocon, for his part, was not outdone with the fourth fastest time just 167 thousandths behind his teammateahead of the two McLarens of Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris.

Discreet leaders, Leclerc sent to the back of the grid

This last free practice session also saw the Red Bull Racing drivers come out of the garage very late. With only ten laps each on the clock, Sergio Pérez and Max Verstappen did not attack to finish eighth and ninth respectively. They are ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr who, with 18 laps covered, was one of the most assiduous on the track. His teammate Charles Leclerc, meanwhile, was content with five “installation laps”, without establishing the slightest mark.

In effect, the Monegasque confirmed before the green light that he will have to start the Grand Prix this Sunday from the last row of the starting grid, alongside Yuki Tsunoda. A new thermal engine, a new thermal energy recovery system and a new kinetic energy recovery system have been installed in Charles Leclerc’s F1-75. Exceeding the quota allocated in this area, the Ferrari driver was penalized and will have to whip during the race to get back up.

Classification of free practice 3 – Saturday June 18, 2022
1- Fernando Alonso (ESP/Alpine) in 1’33”836
2- Pierre Gasly (FRA / AlphaTauri) at 0”053
3- Sebastian Vettel (ALL / Aston Martin) at 0”055
4- Esteban Ocon (FRA / Alpine) at 0”167
5- Daniel Ricciardo (AUS / McLaren) at 0”274
6- Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren) at 0”412
7- George Russell (GBR/Mercedes) at 0”423
8- Sergio Pérez (MEX/Red Bull Racing) at 0.662
9- Max Verstappen (PBS/Red Bull Racing) at °”780
10- Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Ferrari) at 0”942

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