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Sports F1 Australian GP: Norris leads FP3 as both Aston Martins crash out

10:15  09 april  2022
10:15  09 april  2022 Source:   autosport.com

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Sebastian Vettel suffered a high-speed crash exiting Turn 10 before team-mate Lance Stroll crashed at Turn 11 in the closing stages, bringing the session to an early end.

After missing the opening two races of the season due to COVID-19, Vettel’s difficult return to action in Australia continued as he crashed out 20 minutes into the session.

Vettel lost the rear of his Aston Martin AMR22 car exiting the fast left-right sequence, causing him to run through the gravel and into the wall.

Vettel quickly apologised to the team over the radio before getting out of the car unharmed and then returning to the paddock on the back of a scooter being driven by a marshal.

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The crash came after Vettel lost running on Friday after an engine issue sidelined him in FP1 and prevented him from taking any part in FP2. He also received a €5,000 fine for driving a scooter unauthorised on-track at the end of FP1 to get back to the paddock.

Things went from bad to worse for Aston Martin when Stroll lost control of his car at Turn 11, causing him to run through the gravel and into the wall with five minutes remaining.

Stroll was unharmed, but the front-left corner of his car was damaged in the impact, leaving Aston Martin with a significant amount of work to complete ahead of qualifying.

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR22 © Autosport.com Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR22

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR22

Photo by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images

The red flag meant Norris took top spot for McLaren in FP3 after most of the front-running drivers failed to get in a low-fuel run at the very end of the session.

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Norris posted a best lap time of 1m19.117s on the soft compound tyre to finish one-tenth of a second clear of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. The British driver was told to ease off under the late red flag due to a warning appearing on his dashboard.

Leclerc spent much of the session competing for top spot along with Ferrari team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr, Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and Alpine’s Fernando Alonso, who enjoyed a surprisingly competitive session.

Leclerc, Perez and Alonso were covered by just 0.026s in second to fourth, while Sainz sat a couple of tenths behind in fifth place.

Daniel Ricciardo completed a decent session for McLaren as his finished sixth, half a second off his team-mate’s time, while Max Verstappen was seventh for Red Bull.

Verstappen set his best time on the medium compound tyre, but had a tricky session that saw him spin at Turn 13 before almost losing the rear of his car running through Turn 1 while on a late push lap. “I don’t get why I’m spinning,” Verstappen said over the radio. “It’s really hard to feel the balance at the moment.”

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18 © Autosport.com Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

Lewis Hamilton also struggled for Mercedes, finishing eighth after narrowly avoiding the wall when running wide at Turn 11 early in the session. Former team-mate Valtteri Bottas took ninth for Alfa Romeo ahead of Yuki Tsunoda, who completed the top 10 for AlphaTauri.

George Russell and Pierre Gasly took 11th and 12th respectively ahead of Esteban Ocon, who was over eight-tenths of a second off Alonso’s time in the sister Alpine. Mick Schumacher finished 14th for Haas ahead of rookie Zhou Guanyu and Williams’s Alex Albon.

Kevin Magnussen ended FP3 in 17th place after struggling through Friday following some overnight nausea, while Nicholas Latifi sat 18th ahead of the two Aston Martins.

F1 Australian GP - FP3 results

ClaDriver ChassisLapsTimeGap
1 Lando Norris McLaren MCL36 © Provided by Autosport McLaren MCL36 McLaren12 1'19.117
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari F1-75 © Provided by Autosport Ferrari F1-75 Ferrari15 1'19.249 0.132
3 Sergio Perez Red Bull RB18 © Provided by Autosport Red Bull RB18 Red Bull17 1'19.265 0.148
4 Fernando Alonso Alpine A522 © Provided by Autosport Alpine A522 Alpine15 1'19.275 0.158
5 Carlos Sainz Jr Ferrari F1-75 © Provided by Autosport Ferrari F1-75 Ferrari17 1'19.419 0.302
6 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren MCL36 © Provided by Autosport McLaren MCL36 McLaren14 1'19.693 0.576
7 Max Verstappen Red Bull RB18 © Provided by Autosport Red Bull RB18 Red Bull16 1'19.809 0.692
8 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W13 © Provided by Autosport Mercedes W13 Mercedes13 1'19.896 0.779
9 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo C42 © Provided by Autosport Alfa Romeo C42 Alfa Romeo17 1'20.008 0.891
10 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri AT03 © Provided by Autosport AlphaTauri AT03 AlphaTauri12 1'20.071 0.954
11 George Russell Mercedes W13 © Provided by Autosport Mercedes W13 Mercedes16 1'20.096 0.979
12 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri AT03 © Provided by Autosport AlphaTauri AT03 AlphaTauri14 1'20.133 1.016
13 Esteban Ocon Alpine A522 © Provided by Autosport Alpine A522 Alpine14 1'20.205 1.088
14 Mick Schumacher Haas VF-22 © Provided by Autosport Haas VF-22 Haas17 1'20.692 1.575
15 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo C42 © Provided by Autosport Alfa Romeo C42 Alfa Romeo16 1'20.836 1.719
16 Alex Albon Williams FW44 © Provided by Autosport Williams FW44 Williams16 1'20.958 1.841
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas VF-22 © Provided by Autosport Haas VF-22 Haas14 1'21.025 1.908
18 Nicholas Latifi Williams FW44 © Provided by Autosport Williams FW44 Williams14 1'21.050 1.933
19 Lance Stroll Aston Martin AMR22 © Provided by Autosport Aston Martin AMR22 Aston Martin11 1'21.636 2.519
20 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin AMR22 © Provided by Autosport Aston Martin AMR22 Aston Martin5
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