FP3: Perez leads in final practice session at Yas Marina 2022


FP3 Abu Dhabi GP 2022 Perez leads in final practice session at Yas Marina

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez led team mate Max Verstappen in the final practice session of 2022 where drivers encountered a number of issues in the Abu Dhabi heat.

Perez led 30 minutes into the session on medium compounds as the soft-shod Mercedes traded top spot with him, but the Mexican driver emerged on soft tyres for his qualifying simulation with 15 minutes left and consolidated his position with a time of 1m 24.982s. Verstappen finished 0.152s off the pace having run wide at Turns 5 and 16.

Halfway into the session, a red flag was brought out to recover a piece of debris that had flown off the front-right wheel of Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri and landed on the exit kerb of Turn 9.

Lewis Hamilton is under investigation for failing to slow and passing another car as the red flag was deployed but the seven-time champion finished third and just over two-tenths off the pace, with Mercedes team mate George Russell another two tenths off in P4.

Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez

Before that red flag Lando Norris’s McLaren sprung a front-right brake fire and Sebastian Vettel reported a similar problem a few minutes later. Norris continued to finish fifth, his team mate Daniel Ricciardo eighth, while Vettel took ninth.

Between the McLarens were the Ferraris of Carlos Sainz in P6 and an audibly unhappy Charles Leclerc in P7 – that pair split by 0.001s.

Alex Albon had a near miss with Norris at Turn 8 with 20 minutes left but the Williams driver went on to round out the top 10 ahead of Alpine pair Esteban Ocon (P11) and Fernando Alonso (P12), who were split by 0.003s.

Yuki Tsunoda took 13th for AlphaTauri with his teammate Gasly 15th after that wheel issue, with Valtteri Bottas splitting the pair for Alfa Romeo.

Haas were next in the order as Kevin Magnussen took 17th and Mick Schumacher 18th, leaving Zhou Guanyu and Nicholas Latifi rounding out the order.


1 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING RBPT 1:24.982 15
2 1 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING RBPT 1:25.134 +0.152s 15
3 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:25.222 +0.240s 20
4 63 George Russell MERCEDES 1:25.395 +0.413s 15
5 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:25.518 +0.536s 16
6 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:25.571 +0.589s 24
7 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 1:25.605 +0.623s 23
8 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:25.950 +0.968s 18
9 5 Sebastian Vettel ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 1:26.012 +1.030s 13
10 23 Alexander Albon WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:26.051 +1.069s 16
11 31 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 1:26.073 +1.091s 17
12 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 1:26.076 +1.094s 18
13 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI RBPT 1:26.170 +1.188s 19
14 77 Valtteri Bottas ALFA ROMEO FERRARI 1:26.189 +1.207s 17
15 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI RBPT 1:26.239 +1.257s 12
16 18 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 1:26.298 +1.316s 20
17 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:26.356 +1.374s 21
18 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 1:26.473 +1.491s 19
19 24 Zhou Guanyu ALFA ROMEO FERRARI 1:26.482 +1.500s 17
20 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:26.646 +1.664s 14

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