THEscored the first time in Austin’s FP3. But the important news concerns the grid penalties for Perez and Leclerc.
Theand Leclerc are fighting for second place in the drivers’ championship. So, their teams decided to give them a little boost for the last 4 games of the season. The two drivers took from a new internal combustion engine while Leclerc also got a new turbo. Consequently Perez has 5 penalty places and Leclerc 10.
Alonso-Zhou will also receive penalties as they got extra points on their PUs. In yesterday’s FP2 – where the 2023 tires were tested – drivers who had not participated in FP1 were allowed to complete laps on this year’s Pirellis. THEhe was the fastest of all as at the start of FP3.
Carlos Sainz continued his very strong performance yesterday by initially moving up to second place on the medium tire. Pirelli’s medium tire is proving to be the best for the Austin track so far. The softs might be slightly faster, but they can barely put out a fast lap.
This feature gave us several spectacular “cartistic” passes from the slow third sector. Those of Alonso and Leclerc were the most impressive. Alpine were once again extremely competitive.
Mercedes, however, were also competitive. Mainly that of Hamilton who was in second place in the ranking between the two Red Bulls. With twenty minutes remaining Perez was first.
In the last five minutes the drivers did qualifying simulations. Verstappen was fastest with the two Ferraris behind him.
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