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Max fourth in frustrating final practice session

Published on 16 September 2023 by Stefan Meens

Max Verstappen finished the third and final practice session of the Singapore Grand Prix in fourth position. The Dutchman was three tenths off the pace set by Ferrrari’s Carlos Sainz, who was quickest ahead of George Russell in the Mercedes. McLaren’s Lando Norris completed the top three. 

At the start of FP3, Max heads out on the medium Pirelli tyre. Although the championship leader is among the front runners, his subsequent timed laps keep him in the top four on the leaderboards, Max is not enjoying the RB19. He reports to the team that the upshifts are a particular source of frustration.

At the halfway mark, Russell is quickest ahead of Sainz and Max, with most drivers mainly utilising the medium and hard compounds. 

For the second half of the session, attention shifts initially to qualifying simulations with a switch to the red side-walled soft Pirellis. Alex Albon (Williams), Esteban Ocon (Alpine) and Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin) are among the first to utilise the extra grip and enter the top five.  

Meanwhile, Max also switches to the soft tyres and is able to bounce back near the sharp end of the charts. Despite the upshifts improving, the Red Bull Racer notifies the team that more work needs done to improve the situation. 

In the final quarter of the session, the order of the Friday practice sessions is restored with Ferrari enjoying a resurgence with Sainz clocking the best time of FP3. George Russell (P2), Lando Norris (P3) and Max (P4) ensure that the top four spots are occupied by four different teams indicating a tight battle for pole position might be on the cards. 

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Results third free practice Singapore:

1Carlos SainzSAIFerrari1:32.065 22
2George RussellRUSMercedes1:32.134+0.069s19
3Lando NorrisNORMcLaren Mercedes1:32.303+0.238s16
4Max VerstappenVERRed Bull Racing Honda RBPT1:32.378+0.313s20
5Charles LeclercLECFerrari1:32.381+0.316s24
6Lewis HamiltonHAMMercedes1:32.535+0.470s17
7Oscar PiastriPIAMcLaren Mercedes1:32.730+0.665s17
8Sergio PerezPERRed Bull Racing Honda RBPT1:32.784+0.719s19
9Nico HulkenbergHULHaas Ferrari1:32.896+0.831s17
10Yuki TsunodaTSUAlphaTauri Honda RBPT1:32.945+0.880s17
11Kevin MagnussenMAGHaas Ferrari1:32.970+0.905s15
12Esteban OconOCOAlpine Renault1:32.979+0.914s18
13Fernando AlonsoALOAston Martin Mercedes1:33.051+0.986s18
14Lance StrollSTRAston Martin Mercedes1:33.126+1.061s22
15Pierre GaslyGASAlpine Renault1:33.351+1.286s18
16Liam LawsonLAWAlphaTauri Honda RBPT1:33.357+1.292s18
17Alexander AlbonALBWilliams Mercedes1:33.370+1.305s14
18Valtteri BottasBOTAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:33.540+1.475s25
19Zhou GuanyuZHOAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:33.637+1.572s23
20Logan SargeantSARWilliams Mercedes1:33.708+1.643s15