Ferrari set the tone on the first day of the Grand Prix weekend in Las Vegas, but on the second day George Russell took over. However, the result of FP3 is not very representative, because the Mercedes driver was one of the few drivers who was able to do a qualifying simulation before the red flag was waved. Max Verstappen and the Ferrari drivers looked strong, but they were unable to complete their lap.
Now that the third and final free practice in the streets of Las Vegas is over, we can look forward to qualifying. On Thursday, the second session of the day was significantly postponed due to a loose manhole cover. As a result, FP1 was stopped after eight minutes and the FIA decided to first check all manhole covers on the track before F1 cars could race around the circuit again. It appears that qualifying will start at the scheduled time (09:00 Dutch time). So it will probably not be as late for the teams and drivers as it was the day before.
Distorted image due to red flag
Despite a red flag for Alexander Albon in the final phase of FP3, the day in Las Vegas started a lot more energetically than the day before. The third and final practice session could start at the planned time. Many drivers started timing their laps relatively early, but Verstappen initially took it easy. The Red Bull Racing driver only appeared on the track for the first time after more than twenty minutes, but immediately recorded the third fastest time behind Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.
Mercedes only showed itself from the front in the final minutes. Both Lewis Hamilton and Russell completed a long run during the majority of the training. In the final phase, the latter took over the fastest time from Oscar Piastri and he would remain there. Albon caused a red flag in the final minutes after hitting the wall. The Williams driver lost his left rear wheel and had to put his FW45 aside.
How strong are Verstappen and the Ferrari men?
The red flag meant that Verstappen, but also the two men from Ferrari, could not do a qualifying simulation. Verstappen was working on that, but the Dutchman made a mistake in his first attempt and a second one would not follow. The Ferrari drivers also came out on a set of the softest Pirelli tires for the first time, but this turned out to be just too late due to Albon’s contact with the wall. Verstappen nevertheless seems to be participating in the battle for pole position, but how difficult can the Ferrari men make it for him?
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