Formula 1: Sainz leads final practice in Spain

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55 SAINZ Carlos (spa), Scuderia Ferrari SF-24, action during the Formula 1 Aramco Gran Premio de Espana 2024, 10th round of the 2024 Formula One World Championship from June 21 to 23, 2024 on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, in Montmeló, Spain – Photo Eric Alonso / DPPI

Saturday’s final practice in Barcelona was a tight one as Carlos Sainz lead the way from McLaren’s Lando Norris by a scant 0.03s as the top five drivers in the session were separated by no more than 0.151s as the end of running.

With all three compounds being used, it was George Russell who set the early marker with a 1:13.431s lap on the red-sided soft compounds, however during the final qualifying runs at the end of the session, Sainz would go on to blast that time away by over four tenths of second.

HIGHLIGHTS: Relive the FP3 action in Barcelona as Sainz tops the times ahead of qualifying

Further down the field, Lewis Hamilton and Charles LeClerc each had theor own run-ins with fellow competitors in what seemed to be extremely odd circumstances. Hamilton and Lance Stroll started the action in turn five as the seven-time world champion  rubbed bodywork with the Aston Martin with Hamilton radioing to his team that “(he) didn’t see him, my bad”. Then in a separate incident, after the checkered flag fell on the session, LeClerc drove into the McLaren of Lando Norris on the return back to the pits that left Norris concerned for damage to his car.

Neither incident prompted any action from the stewards.

Thus concludes the final practice for tomorrow’s Spanish Grand Prix, tune in at 16:00 local time for qualifying.

Free Practice 1 Report – CLICK HERE

Free Practice 2 Report – CLICK HERE


DateSessionTime (Local Circuit)
June 21stPractice 113:30 – 14:30
Practice 217:00 – 18:00
June 22ndPractice 312:30 – 13:30
Qualifying16:00 – 17:00
June 23rdRace15:00

Free Practice 3 Results

155Carlos SainzFERRARI1:13.01319
24Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES1:13.0430.030s14
316Charles LeclercFERRARI1:13.0500.037s18
41Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:13.0870.074s24
563George RussellMERCEDES1:13.1640.151s20
644Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:13.3590.346s26
711Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:13.7230.710s19
823Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:13.7530.740s14
914Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:13.7860.773s21
1081Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES1:13.9070.894s14
1131Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT1:13.9500.937s18
1210Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT1:13.9640.951s14
1327Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI1:13.9750.962s20
1477Valtteri BottasKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:14.0241.011s19
1520Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:14.0741.061s27
163Daniel RicciardoRB HONDA RBPT1:14.1611.148s17
1718Lance StrollASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:14.2541.241s16
1822Yuki TsunodaRB HONDA RBPT1:14.4201.407s22
1924Zhou GuanyuKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:14.5721.559s17
202Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:14.7291.716s12