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GP USA 2021 (Practice 3): Perez came out on top

GP USA 2021 (Practice 3): Perez came out on top

Red Bull is further afield in Austin. Sergio Perez set his second fastest time in the race this weekend. The candidates for the World Cup ranked third and sixth. But Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton could lead the field in the third practice session of the US Grand Prix.

An exciting qualification is emerging. In the third practice session at the Circuit of the Americas, four teams – Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes – battled for the lead. Sergio Perez made the best end of himself. In the best conditions (air temperature: 29°C), the Mexican traversed the 5,513 km race track in 1:34,701 minutes. This is the fastest weekend lap time so far.

This was the 31-year-old’s second record. He appears to be a serious contender for first place, although fast lap is not one of his specialties. Anyway, the Red Bull driver has made a good impression so far.

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In the third training session, Carlos Sainz missed the fastest time by a tenth of a second.

Sainz just misses the best time

His teammate took third place. However, Max Verstappen could also say hello from above. His personal fastest lap time on the softest Pirelli tyres was omitted from the system. In the penultimate corner, the championship leader crossed the pavement with all four wheels. Cost him ignoring path limits best time of 1: 34.383 minutes. This should not happen to him in the playoffs.

Even his toughest opponent had his best time canceled. Lewis Hamilton slipped over the edge of the track in the ninth corner. His lap on the soft tires could have been a half-tenth slower than Verstappen’s knee. The five-time winner in Austin was only the sixth. Mercedes is still looking for the perfect setup. Hamilton complained of too weak grip on the rear axle. Garage neighbor Valtteri Bottas spins the seventh turn and finished fourth.

It’s a big problem in Austin. The track goes on tires. Rear tires in particular can overheat quickly. The driver has to take countermeasures and the vehicle installation must be appropriate. Ferrari seems to have found a good middle ground for the fast cycle. At least on one side of the garage. Carlos Sainz pressed between the Red Bulls and lost the fastest time by just 0.104 seconds.

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Penalty kick starting place: Fernando Alonso has been driving the fourth engine of the season.

Change the engine in Alonso

Charles Leclerc pursued problems similar to those faced by Hamilton. He didn’t like the behavior of the rear axle either. El Monegassi fell to ninth place, 0.987 seconds behind the leader. McLaren had a better Friday than Ferrari and behind the Scuderia in the three training sessions. Lando Norris had a good lap and had the fourth fastest time (+0.244 seconds).

The second McLaren finished seventh with Daniel Ricciardo in the cockpit. The Australian lost four tenths of a second to Norris. He was followed by Pierre Gasly in Alpha Tauri, Leclerc in Ferrari and Esteban Ocon in the Alps fastest. Alpha Tauri had to struggle with overheating the rear tires the day before – especially in the third section of the track. With the changes in the setup, the team appears to have successfully taken countermeasures.

Similar difficulties emerged in the Alps on Friday. The light blue car has not reached its speed yet. Fernando Alonso made long runs in the third session. His team had previously planted an all-new power unit at No. 14 A521. As the Spaniard has crossed the limit for this season, he’s back at the starting grid again. There are also penalties against Sebastian Vettel, George Russell and Valtteri Bottas.

Alfa Romeo has pulled out of the top ten, with Sebastian Vettel not making an appearance in any of the previous sessions. Heppenheimer took eleventh place. Citizen Mick Schumacher achieved the minimum of his goal. The Haas driver has left teammate Nikita Mazepin behind again.