Formula 1: Verstappen ends FP3 on top

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA – MARCH 08: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB20 on track during final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia at Jeddah Corniche Circuit on March 08, 2024 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202403080269 // Usage for editorial use only //
***Authors note: Carlos Sainz was ruled out of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix prior to Free Practice Three after being diagnosed with appendicitis. He will undergo surgery and Oliver Bearman will be replacing him. All of us at RacerViews wish Carlos a speedy recovery and we look forward to seeing him again soon.***

Friday afternoons final practice session came to a close in Saudi Arabia as Max Verstappen posted the sessions top time as teams prepare for this evenings qualifying. The Dutchman set his fast lap of 1:28.412 on a set of soft tires as his team performed their qualifying runs mid-way through the session. Charles LeClerc followed less than two-tenths behind Verstappen with the second quickest time of 1:28.608 ahead of Sergio Perez, George Russell, and Lando Norris.

Yesterday’s fastest man, Fernando Alonso settled in for 6th place alongside teammate Lance Stroll as they were followed by Oscar Piastri and Lewis Hamilton.

A new face also populated the time sheets today as Oliver Bearman, filling in for Carlos Sainz (see authors note above), spent his FP3 acclimating to the SF24 in anticipation of this evening’s qualifying. He would go on to end the session tenth overall with a 1:29.306 lap time.

Logan Sargeant only managed 2 laps of running as he scraped the wall early in the session, damaging the front of his Williams machine and was unable to take part in the remainder of practice.

WATCH: Heavy crash for Zhou brings out red flags during FP3 in Saudi Arabia

Zhou Guanyu caused the only red flag of the FP sessions, putting his Stake Sauber into the wall with heavy damage as the clock approached 15 minutes remaining in the session.

Qualifying is up next at 20:20 local time, stay tuned for more action under the lights as we head to our second quali session of 2024.




DateSessionTime (Local Circuit)
Mar. 7thPractice 116:30 – 17:30
Practice 220:00 – 21:00
Mar. 8thPractice 316:30 – 17:30
Qualifying20:00 – 21:00
Mar. 9thRace20:00

Free Practice 3 Results:

11Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:28.41212
216Charles LeclercFERRARI1:28.6080.196s15
311Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:28.9060.494s12
463George RussellMERCEDES1:28.9640.552s16
54Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES1:28.9710.559s10
614Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:29.0380.626s13
718Lance StrollASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:29.1270.715s13
881Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES1:29.2130.801s10
944Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:29.2680.856s18
1038Oliver BearmanFERRARI1:29.3060.894s21
1120Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:29.4851.073s11
1210Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT1:29.5461.134s12
1322Yuki TsunodaRB HONDA RBPT1:29.5721.160s17
1431Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT1:29.5751.163s12
1527Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI1:29.6751.263s10
163Daniel RicciardoRB HONDA RBPT1:29.7401.328s14
1723Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:29.8081.396s12
1877Valtteri BottasKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:30.0831.671s20
1924Zhou GuanyuKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:30.7392.327s12
202Logan Sargeant