Max Verstappen takes off in third practice session as Carlos Sainz crushes Ferrari – .

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Max Verstappen takes off in third practice session as Carlos Sainz crushes Ferrari – .


Carlos Sainz pulls out the red flag after crashing his Ferrari into barriers in third practice ahead of Dutch Grand Prix

Carlos Sainz pulls out the red flag after crashing his Ferrari into barriers in third practice ahead of Dutch Grand Prix

Max Verstappen set an ominous milestone ahead of his very first Grand Prix qualifying session at home by setting the pace for half a second in the final practice around Zandvoort.

Cleared by the stewards before the session after an investigation into the passage under red flags on Friday, Verstappen returned to following business with emphasis on Saturday morning in front of his passionate home fans.

Leader Red Bull’s fastest lap in 1: 09.623 was half a second faster than Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and two tenths faster than title rival Lewis Hamilton.

“Max is in amazing shape. He’s flying there, it was a spectacular lap, ”said Nico Rosberg of Sky F1.

Ferrari had dominated Friday’s race but suffered a more problematic final practice session with Charles Leclerc only ninth fastest and Carlos Sainz falling heavily on turn three.

Losing the back of his car at the exit of turn two as he approached the next left turn, Sainz was flipped in a big impact with the barriers. The Spaniard’s car suffered what appeared to be significant damage and Sainz is now uncertain for qualifying at 2pm.

Mick Schumacher takes a trip through gravel in his Haas in P3 at the Dutch GP

Mick Schumacher takes a trip through gravel in his Haas in P3 at the Dutch GP

Sergio Perez finished fourth in the second Red Bull, but 0.9 seconds behind teammate Verstappen around one of the shortest laps of the season.

Alpine, meanwhile, continued to show promise with Fernando Alonso fifth ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris and Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll.

Sebastian Vettel, who made his first trip through the gravel at Turn 10, was eighth ahead of Leclerc and Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri.

After Kimi Raikkonen was kicked out of the weekend after testing positive for Covid-19, Robert Kubica entered the cockpit of Alfa Romeo. Kubica, the reserve driver for the team that last raced in F1 two years ago, completed 28 laps in the 19th fastest time.

Dutch GP timesheet

Driver Team Time
1) Max Verstappen Red bull 1:09.623
2) Valtteri Bottas Mercedes +0,556
3) Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +0.794
4) Sergio Pérez Red bull +0.903
5) Fernando Alonso Alpin +1.047
6) Lando Norris McLaren +1.158
7) Start the walk Aston Martin +1.219
8) Sébastien Vettel Aston Martin +1,249
9) Charles Leclerc Ferrari +1.273
10) Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri +1.382
11) Daniel Ricciardo McLaren +1.390
12) Nicolas Latifi Williams +1.460
13) Esteban Ocon Alpin +1.557
14) Georges Russel Williams +1.651
15) Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo +1.676
16) Carlos Sainz Ferrari +2.317
17) Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri +2.357
18) Nikita Mazepin Haas +2.513
19) Robert Kubica Alfa Romeo +2.539
20) Mick Schumacher Haas +2.743

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